Do you know any martial arts or self-defense techniques? I had the privilege to teach employees basic martial arts and self-defense since many of our employees goes home late at night. Likewise, majority of our employees are women so we created a self-defense for women training program. More than just teaching them Judo, Jiu Jitsu and Aikido techniques, I teach them how to avoid dangerous situations and survive possible confrontations. These martial arts are more than just games and sports.
It’s not about fighting, it’s about surviving
It may be counterintuitive but the course that we created did not focus on actual combat skills. This was not like a martial arts school where one is taught the techniques. This was more than that. The first lesson we imparted was this simple truth: self-defense is not just about fighting. Rather, it is about surviving potentially disastrous situations. Moreover, if one learns how to avoid volatile situations and potentially harmful scenarios, you are doing great.
- Keep calm
- Have a survival mindset
- Avoidance makes more sense than fighting
- Use your common sense always
It is better to avoid confrontations that to engage in one
If someone pulls a knife and asks for your wallet or cellphone just give it to the person. This is often our first line when we start the self-defense training. Most will have a perplexed look. And this is understandable. Being in a martial arts class or self-defense training one would think that they will learn how to take down multiple enemies without messing up their hair – much like Steven Seagal in his movies.
No material possession can be as valuable as your life. We cannot replace your life but a phone or wallet can. Many students get surprised to learn that I have been held at gunpoint and willingly gave my belongings even I have been practicing Aikido, judo and jiu Jitsu for almost 20 years now. I tell them I won’t die for my android phone.
Never put yourself in a dangerous situation
Sometimes we can’t avoid going home late at night. But this does not mean we can’t put additional thought on how we can be safe. There are some instances when we are seen as a potential target because of the way we behave, the situation and setting, and the opportunity to commit the crime. In essence, everyone needs to make sure we do not become a victim by doing simple tweaks in our behaviors. This will lower our risks and remove the opportunity to make ourselves potential targets.
- Walk with someone – the larger the group the better
- Avoid dimly lit areas – if you must venture into these areas, make sure you have a flashlight
- Avoid using your phone outside especially while walking
- Be mindful of the direction of your bag’s zipper
- Carry your bag with the flap next to your body instead of it hanging where it is easy to open
- Take out your keys early instead of fumbling in the parking areas
- Ask someone to accompany you whenever possible – e.g. crew from the grocery, an officemate
Use common sense every time
It amazes me when I hear about people falling prey to violence and crime because they are not vigilant enough. Why would you go through a dark alleyway when you have another option? Why would you take out wads of cash in public when you don’t need to?
It would be a good idea to know the modus operandi of criminals. You can be surprised at how they deceive people. Their strategies evolve so we should all know how to avoid them.
Self-defense is a mindset with survival at its core. It is essential to have the necessary instinct and frame of mind. You can enroll in martial arts schools and learn the technique. What they do not teach you is how to avoid situations that might endanger your well-being. It’s one thing to know Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Aikido or some other form of martial arts. but it is another to avoid being a victim.
In order for us not to be a victim, we choose the right behaviors every time.
Here are other Martial arts Tips you may want to read:
Latest posts by jpcmc (see all)
- Inexpensive Eye Care Tips for Everyone - 10/20/2015
- How To Help A Grieving Friend - 02/02/2015
- Inexpensive Technology To Help You Through Power Interruptions - 01/26/2015
- Where to Place Keywords to Earn More Online Income - 01/26/2015
- Anatomy of Great Tips - 11/27/2014