Wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu, karate, free-style wrestling, greco roman wrestling, muay thai, judo, tae kwon do and knowledge and training in every other style of physical battle are wonderful resources to have in case you end up in a physical altercation.
However these skills require a substantial amount of effort and time to hone and as they are less practical a way of self-defense as some of your other alternatives. This is particularly true for senior citizens who may not have enough time, energy and physical ability to become as proficient in the martial arts as their younger counterparts. I find that a far more efficient and practical way of self-defense, particularly for seniors, is pepper spray. One doesn’t have to have above average, strength, speed, agility or ability to use pepper spray and it can be every bit as powerful, and in most cases more effective, than a black belt in lots of the martial arts.
Much like a roundhouse kick to the face, muay thai knee into the ribs or a jiu-jitsu style armbar, a shot of pepper spray causes a massive amount of pain for any attacker. And unlike a roundhouse kick to the face, muay thai knee into the ribs or a jiu-jitsu style arm bar, a shot of pepper spray is much less likely to cause any long term effects, trips to the emergency room, permanent scars or premature departure because pepper spray works by causing immense but temporary pain.
Another benefit that a defensive spray has over physical battle self-defense is the fact that one needn’t actually touch an attacker. This is immeasurably beneficial to a lot of seniors since the average 75 year old girl isn’t seeking to throw down with the typical 25 year old low-life thug. In addition to causing an attacker pain, pepper spray swells the mucous membranes, which makes breathing difficult, and swells the veins in the eyes, causing the eyes to close. These effects can last up to 45 minutes but cause no permanent damage.