Recently had to restrain myself from “going off” on someone who is again self-defense because they thought that self-defense meant carrying a gun everywhere you go.
Why do people think that only a gun (semiautomatic or revolver) or even a taser gun or pepper spray is the only way to defend yourself?
The name should help us determine the weapon to use, SELF.
The #1 Weapon In Self Defense
The #1 weapon we should use when it comes to self-defense is our mind.
The gray matter between your ears should help you avoid most situations that can lead to a personal harm. Who thinks it’s a good idea to walk through a dimly lit parking garage or streets without paying attention?
Who thinks it’s a good idea to get into your car without looking into the backseat or to see if the cargo van with their sliding door is right next to your drivers door?
Who thinks it’s a good idea to meet a person in a bar and go back to their place, especially after a few drinks?
Most of us would say that that these things are bad ideas. Yet a large number of assaults happen to people who are in these exact situations.
I don’t want to make it the victims fault because the attacker is the true villain. But victims make choices that put them in bad places to start.
If I flash a lot of cash in a bar club and get jumped on the parking lot, don’t I have some responsibility? Absolutely!
The #1 weapon and self-defense is to use your brain!
Don’t put yourself in bad situations!
There is something to be said about those dramas in horror movies and where people get attacked.
The #2 Weapon In Self Defense
The #2 weapon you always have with you, is your body. I don’t mean you need to become some suped-up, over-the-top, assassin. You don’t need to know how to kill someone 18 different ways with your thumb. It wouldn’t hurt to know that but it’s not necessary.
Know how to do basic strikes and kicks. Being somewhat physically fit is also a plus. Most attackers and criminals are lazy and are looking for easy prey. If you look like a victim, you will become one. If you look confident, without being arrogant, you’ll most likely avoid trouble.
How do you develop this type of confidence? Learn how to use your body.
Ladies: most of you shouldn’t punch. Better to strike with your Palm heel, elbow, knee, or shoes.
In most situations, you should use a soft strike against the hard target and a hard strike versus a soft target. For example, use your Palm heel to the face, you’re hitting with a softer portion of your hand compared to your knuckles.
If you punch, a hard strike, to the face, you can hit the jaw bone, cheekbone, or for head. Your knuckles aren’t hard enough to withstand a full punch to one of these areas.
A punch could work to the neck, groin, or belly. If you want to part on hard, put an elbow to the side of the head.
Elbows to the stomach, groin, or kidneys will help loosen up your attacker, in order for you to run away.
You Need To Be In Shape
Most assaults can be ended in under a minute, probably 30 seconds if you respond correctly. Through as many strikes as you can in 20 to 30 seconds.
Something should land and create an opportunity to run away.
Your adrenaline will help you deal with the pain and help you run, but within minutes of getting out of the situation it will start to fade. Unless you’re completely left the situation, you’ll need some physical ability to help you continue.
Also what if there is a second attacker?
Just Like Any Other Weapon
Your body is just like any other weapon. If you don’t use it, it will fail you when you need it most.
I’m a good shot with a rifle, and non-moving target. I can typically grouped into one circle with five or six shots. Give me a shotgun with buckshot and some clay pigeons, and guess what I suck.
I don’t practice as much and when you add motion to something it always increases the complexity of things.
Unlike Any Other Weapon
We can’t bring most weapons on a plane, public transit, schools, workplaces etc.
The limits the government is putting on its citizenry is sickening. They don’t want an armed populace. That makes people easier to control.
But what if you know how to defend yourself in close quarter combat situations? Do you think you can disable attackers?
If criminals don’t obey existing laws, what makes you think they’re going to obey gun laws.
Your body is a weapon that can’t easily be taken away. Illness and age can slow you down but the government can’t outlaw your body.
Don’t think of self-defense as having to rely on a weapon other than your body. Most of us are smart enough to recognize that uneasy feeling we get before something bad happens.
Listen to yourself.
I recommend learning close quarter combat. That doesn’t mean that you should not own a gun or at least be trained on one.
Self-defense is your responsibility.
The only one who can protect you once an attack has started is you.
Are you prepared to defend yourself?