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TAKING A SELF PROTECTION COURSE OF ANY NATURE IS ONE OF THE MOST POSITIVE THING A PERSON CAN DO FOR THEMSELVES
Statistics support that the “It will never happen to me” thinking May not be quiet correct.
The greatest threat to our safety is a danger in believing that a threat doesn’t exist,
“It hasn’t happened to me and probably won’t”.
One crime is committed every two seconds.
Accepting that you could be a victim of an attack is an important step in ensuring personal safety.
There are three obvious attacks:
1/ To the SPIRIT (by way of dissonance) Being put down – Told that you aren’t good enough
2/ To the MIND (by way of verbal posturing) Road rage – Angry customers – Threats, I’II get you
3/ To the BODY (by way of physical attack) Assault – Rape – Being pushed around – etc
Self-defence is first and foremost about AWARENESS and PREVENTION
Being in charge
CP Respect and trust your ability to make choices and to act upon them Assertiveness
BT Not aggressive – Self-confident – Be direct – Be positive YOU ARE IMPORTANT
In built weapons -Targets Body language
CP Walking tall - Speaking clearly - Making eye contact – Looking confident Being aware
CP BT Of your surroundings – potential dangers – potential saviours Tone of voice
CP BT Firm – Aggressive – Supported by a foot stomp or hand gesture BACK OFF!!!! – I said NO
THE MENTAL EDGE - CEREBRAL TRAINING (THOU SHALT NOT DEFEAT THYSELF) PHYSICAL
The mental side of combat is so vast and powerful that it quite literally determines your next move. Your mind can be your ally or your most formidable opponent. Your thoughts can motivate you or they can create inertia. Psychological fear, doubt, hesitation, what if I loose? What if I fail? (Mr Negativity). Thoughts like these must be eliminated from your vocabulary for you to perform at your peak. Your “self talk” or “internal dialouge” must be positive, Assertive and Motivating.
Dan Millman once wrote; “If you have one opponent, and you oppose yourself, you’re already out numbered” Cus D’Amato, a famous boxing coach once said; “the difference between the Hero and the Coward, is what they do with their fear” The orientals have a great saying; “TO RID YOURSELF FROM A DISEASE ONE MUST FIRST BECOME ONE WITH THE DISEASE” Break down the word “DIS / EASE”. When you are at dis/ease with something. It’s generally a lack of awareness. Sometimes, all we need to do, is establish exactly what it is we are afraid of, in the first place.
The broad answer to fear, is what is it, that I’m uncomfortable about. Breaking this answer down can help us find the soloution to our dis/ease. eg; Getting hit, Hurting others, Pain, Failure, Embarasment, etc. . . I, ask myself questions. It’s like peeling an onion, layer by layer, question by question. What am I afraid of? What can I do about it? What else? What if he does this? I’ll do this. Whether it be snakes, spiders, heights, whatever, you must take the necessary steps to rid yourself of the dis/ease until you eventually become the expert on the situation.
Just as the mechanic knows all there is to know about cars. You want to become the mechanic of self protection, thus you can internally defuse any fears/apprehension, that you may be feeling. “IT’LL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME” The greatest threat to our safety is a danger in believing that a threat doesn’t exist, “It hasn’t happened to me and probably won’t”. One crime is committed every two seconds. Accepting that you could be a victim of an attack is an important step in ensuring personal safety.FACTS
1/ Women do not ask for, cause, invite or deserve to be assaulted. Women and men sometimes exercise poor judgement about safety behaviour, but that does not make them responsible for the attack. Attackers are responsible for their attacks and their use of violence to overpower, control and abuse another human being.
2/ Whatever a woman’s decision in a given self-defence situation, whatever action she does or does not take, she is not at fault. A woman’s decision to survive, the best way she can, must be respected.
3/ Good self-defence programs do not “tell” an individual what they “should” or “should not” do. A program should offer options, techniques and a way of analysing situations. A program may point out what USUALLY works best in MOST situations. But each situation is unique and the final decision rests with the person actually confronted by the situation.
4/ Empowerment and Awareness is the goal of a good self-defence program. Self-defence aims to teach a set of psychological awareness, assertiveness, verbal confrontation skills and physical techniques that enable someone to successfully escape, resist and survive violent attacks. on the link below.
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