The Misnomer of the Term :
Self Defense is often referred to inaccurately
as the physical event of fighting your way out of a criminal attack on your
person. This is NOT Self Defense, this is fighting. Self Defense
is the actions you took/take to not be involved in a physical confrontation.
Criminals who prey on others have certain things
they look for in their victims. Knowing these things will significantly bring
the odds down that you will not be chosen as one.
have a daily routine, going to school, work, gym, jogging, driving the kids to
school, etc. etc. A criminal bent on
making you his victim will study this and use your routine to get the jump on
once in a while, change up your times, your driving routes, your jogging path,
gym time. This makes you a harder target.
we go through life’s appointments, events, timetables, work, we are always
thinking ahead. Did I remember this ? Did I do that ? Will I be on time ? These pressures take our attention somewhere
else as we go to the next location we need to be.
criminal searches for those who are not fully in the present. This gives them
the element of surprise when they pop into your life, giving them the advantage.
Take this away from them by being aware of your surroundings, and who is in
as our lives become more complex, our spare time gets taken up and health &
fitness issues take a back seat. A criminal looks for those who are weak, timid
around others, unsure of themselves, or have physical problems.
should carry themselves proud & confident and try to maintain a semblance
of basic fitness. Just walking strong, aware, & confident says to the
criminal, this is not an easy mark.
Most people know &
understand the term “ the bad part of town “ and where that is & how to
avoid it. Your location can lend itself to the advantage of the criminal
element if you are not aware of where you are, or where you’re going.
If you are out of town,
travel with people who know the area. Victims are usually chosen because they
are alone, outnumbered in a strange place, in the dark, isolated so not to be
able to cry for help.
Walking down a dark
alley where you see several strangers, seated on a car, smoking cigarettes, is
not a great place to go.
Parking your car during
daylight hours knowing that there is no lighting for your return in the night,
is not a good idea.
Instances such as these
is where your awareness needs to kick in.
is a state of mind needed, in this day & age, as dangers grow for the
individual. A bad economy, high population count, homelessness, unemployment,
drug and alcohol use, poor police numbers are all factors contributing to the
uptick in violent crime.
into account the previous four subjects, one should have a checklist they use
whenever going somewhere. Using all five of your senses to locate & observe
problems forming around you, your location, and where you’re moving to.
keeping out of conflict is as easy as stepping off the sidewalk, or crossing
the street, why would we not do that ?
assessing each location we frequent with a detective’s :
What, Where, When Why, & How while leaving our senses open to input, we
allow ourselves to be aware of all issues which could develop into a problem.
an area in which you see problems developing is one of the wisest choices in a self
defense strategy. If your self defense protocol was in good working order you
would never gone there.
of my first lessons in martial arts class : the very wise teacher asked the
class ………… “What is the best form of “self defense” ? No one spoke.
ran out of the classroom and said, “ Don’t be there “
Instructor Dana J. Mattos