As an expert in the areas of Self-Protection and Self Preservation I make it a point to teach all of my students to train with a purpose and to have goals attached to their training methods. I warn them and want them to understand that the woman or man who physically assaults them doesn’t care about them. They don’t care about your gender, your age, your martial arts training level, your size or how much you go to the gym or range. All they care about is their objective. Their objective being, your money, your body or your life, and in some cases all three.
PROPER SELF DEFENSE TRAINING
Understanding this will bring to light how we should train in Self Protection, AKA- Self Defense. How to set our goals and how to focus on those goals each time we train. After a short period of training time my students learn and have a clear understanding that when the assault begins they need to counter the assault with enough violence to stop the attacker and disable him, hurt him enough to make him stop and then make space to escape.
Training in self-defense classes will give you a fighting chance to survive an altercation. A good instructor will teach you how to be situationally aware of your surroundings, how to try to verbally de-escalate the situation, make space and escape, and the use of improvised weapons.
A LIFE SAVER WITHIN ARMS REACH
What are improvised weapons? Improvised weapons are weapons of opportunity. Items in your environment that can be used in a self-defense situation. While reading this blog, look around in the area you are in and see if you can notice an improvised weapon that you could use in a self-defense situation. They come in all shapes and sizes.
Some improvised weapons are your personal carry items! A brief case, backpack or umbrella. It can be something like a magazine, newspaper that with advanced visual notice can be rolled up into a baton for striking or thrusting.
Whatever the improvised weapon is you need to be sure that it can be wielded with gross motor skills and with full force.
An improvised weapon may not be the answer to all issues. Understand that improvised weapons will sometimes need to be backed up with your natural weapons such as strikes and kicks or transitioning to other types of weapons and even escaping as soon as possible.
TRAIN LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT…BECAUSE IT DOES.