Self Defense 101: Don’t Ever Assume It’ll Never Happen to You

If you’re looking to get started in self defense, then here is some Self Defense 101 advice. Consider this.

Every morning you get out of bed you assume that you’re going to bed again that night.

You assume you will be safe, remain unharmed and all of your belongings will be just as you left them.

You assume your friends and family will go unharmed as well.

You think life as you know it will remain the same day in and day out.

But you know that’s not true.

Every person on the news woke up that morning thinking the same as you, that they weren’t going to be robbed, raped, murdered, or their home burned or flooded.

But it happens all the time and if you don’t prepare, your safety is based on dumb luck.

Some things can be prevented, other things need to be dealt with and preparing and dealing come in two steps.

Step 1. Target Hardening.

Making sure your house is up to code and you have alarms, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, you don’t have extension cords plugged in, outlets overloaded and chemicals stored properly is a way of target hardening your home against fire.

When you target harden for your personal self defense, you learn to interact with your environment by the way look, walk, where you walk, where you look, etc. All of the subtle behaviors indicate if you’re an easy mark or a hard target.

Step 2. Emergency Action Plan

In your home this would mean evacuation from every room to a rendezvous point away from the house and communicating with authorities. This could also mean getting to a safe room and establishing outside communication. Finally, there’s active resistance- do or die, cornered and fight.

Your personal safety has the exact same protocol. Escape if you can, fight if you must and use whatever gives you the tactical advantage.

Look, it doesn’t take a lot of money or time. A little planning and training goes a long way.

Take one day a year to make sure everything is stowed properly and everyone knows where and what to do in the case of emergency.

Take 45 minutes two days a week for the next few months and learn how to interact with your environment and protect yourself.

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to start diggin’ the well.

 

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