In the real world, attacks occur almost without warning and if you are not prepared to act, instantly; you will be tremendously handicapped.
There is so much available in this subject, and not a little controversy. There are passionate advocates for self-defense training, and others who say the tactics taught in martial arts courses are useless on the street. Some say that with training you can become over-confident. I tend not to think so. Sure, some may swagger a bit, but experience eventually mellows them out. I’d rather have some knowledge, and never need it-than be in a desperate situation, and be powerless.
Common sense dictates that preparation, any kind of preparation, is better than having no skills at your disposal at all. This story illustrates that: In the 1970’s, a young man joined the Marine Corps. He trained and prepared for combat. His hands and feet were eventually registered by the government as lethal weapons. He survived the Vietnam war, returned home, raised a family and ran a business. He is like many veterans; quiet, unassuming, and modest. Today, in 2008, he is 57 years old. He is still prepared. The skills gained over 30 years ago remain at his disposal. Peace of mind comes with preparation. I feel more safe walking down the street with this veteran than I do all by myself.
When you decide to learn self-defense, it truly needs to become a life-style and not just a momentary fad. The main question to ask yourself is: Am I in the shape I want to be in if I need to defend myself, my family, or my home? And the thoughtful steps after that might include:
- Assess your own physical health
- Assess your strengths and weaknesses
- If older, check with your physician before starting your exercise program
- Assess the usefulness of the program you choose before joining
- Exercise with a purpose, attend your classes
- Practice, practice, practice, and have fun
Try to anticipate dangerous situations in advance (such as walking home, or to your car at night) and be prepared to take quick action. Again, awareness is key! In the stress that assails you during an attack, some traditional techniques may be unrealistic. Also, you have to be able to respond quickly and efficiently. You can’t say, “Now wait a minute, I’ve got to get into the proper position for this situation.”
There are classes available to you through your local community. Check with your local police department. A Gold’s Gym offers many classes related to defense and fitness. The Marine Corps sometimes offers classes in defense ‘Just for Women’. These can be invaluable in teaching our young people how to keep themselves safe.
In our quiet, rural community, we recently learned there are over 13 gangs here. Some of the ‘initiation rites’ involve requirements to break in and steal; or kidnap and rape a young girl. Terrifying! Wouldn’t you rather your daughter had a basic skill set to help her escape and survive? Well, of course.
There is a way to prepare. Begin today. Don’t leave yourself powerless when the unthinkable happens. Remember, if you think it will never happen to you, you have set yourself up to be a victim.
Self-Defense Tip: If your only defense is a weapon, have it handy as you are walking through the parking lot. The best suggestion is in your hand. Weapons are absolutely useless to you if you can’t get to them when you need them. You can’t say, “Wait! I have to get the pepperspray out of my purse!”
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