Self-defense: What you can do when seconds matter

News 6 anchors Lisa Bell, Ginger Gadsden and Julie Broughton learn safety tips

ORLANDO, Fla. – Two women have been attacked in Central Florida in recent weeks -- one as she was arriving home for the night, the other as she was enjoying a book in a park.

News 6 wanted to get results for our viewers and help make sure the women of Central Florida know how to stay safe. So anchors Lisa Bell, Ginger Gadsden and Julie Broughton went to a local self-defense class to find out what you can do when seconds matter.

The overwhelming message? It's not about brute strength -- it's all about body mechanics when you're taking on someone bigger and stronger than you.

"The first thing you need to be is aware," said former Lake Mary police officer and self-defense expert Zach Hudson. "Your awareness will put you ahead of the curve. If you're behind that curve, your chances of survival become less."

Hudson said most people don't know how they're going to react in a crisis until something happens. That's why it's so important to practice ahead of time, so it's a gut reaction if the worst happens.

"You need to accept the possibility that this could happen to you. If you deny that possibility, the chances of you becoming a victim are much higher," Hudson said.