Self-Defense In The Real World

Open up a newspaper or your search engine and the news is laced with violence and destruction. Walking into a restaurant, attending a University, or even waking up in the morning can make anyone apprehensive about the events that lie ahead. Personal safety has become a priority to everyday living.What can be done about your day to day safety? There are many options available to those who are looking to improve their safety. Some options include weapons such as, guns, stun guns, mace, and knives. There are laws and regulations associated with every type of weapon and weapons are not always the answer to your safety solutions. For instance, training is needed in order to use any weapon. Guns need to be cleaned and taken care of. There is always the chance of premature discharge or loading the weapon in time for immediate use. Stun guns may have to be charged or need batteries replaced in order to ensure effective use. Mace has to be in a prime location handy for quick access and be pointed in the right direction when released. Knives are weapons that require a professional touch, but amateurs try their hand at using them. Taking a knife from an attacker requires professional training. Considering the chances of surviving a weapon attack, taking some type of self-defense, karate, or martial art should be number one on your list.  Students not only learn skills to fend off an attacker, but they gain insight into how to become more aware of their surroundings and ways to increase personal safety measures. No matter what type of weapon you use to defend yourself, there is a chance of failure. Self-defense techniques are not full proof, but when weapons fail your techniques will not. 

Becoming aware of your surroundings is the first step toward self-defense. People live day to day not paying attention to what is around them. If you are walking into a grocery store to shop for dinner the last thing on your mind is someone coming out of the shadows and putting a gun to your head. Even though survival is your first instinct, how you react is something else. Reaction time is everything when it comes to a gun being pointed to your head. Is the assailant standing behind you, beside you, or in front of you? Consider the time it would take to reach for your gun or mace. Is it ready in your hand while you are shopping? Of course it is not and why would it be ready in your hand? The problem is that no one expects bad things to happen and you go on about your day. So, owning a gun, stun gun, or mace is the least amount of “time” you will spend on protecting your life and that of your loved ones. Taking self-defense classes, karate lessons, or any martial arts takes time and energy. How important is your life to you? How about your family? Your kids come home from school and they almost always have homework to complete. Do you tell them it’s okay if they don’t finish it or do you make them do it because you know it will benefit them as they grow, and they can advance to the next grade? You make them do it for their own good. The same should be done to protect your life. Self-defense classes should be taken “for your own good”. 

The next step is to realize that something bad could happen to you in your unimpeachable world. Your reaction is detrimental to your continued pursuit of life and happiness. Reality is that many people do not understand the impact of striking another person. The thought of being hit by an assailant is “unthinkable” and is out of the realm of reality. Participating in self-defense classes brings a person to the realization that striking another person has an impact on the outcome of an attack situation. Many girls grow up not knowing the proper way to “punch”, because they are not programmed to hit, even to protect themselves. Boys are usually raised to be rough and play a lot of sports, including boxing, and martial arts. Sometimes the excitement of a new sport is short lived. As adults, we owe it to ourselves to learn how we are impacted by physical contact. This is true in that; crime rates keep rising and violence has become a normal part of life around the world.   

DL White

MBA from DeVry University

3rd Degree Black Belt. Teaches at Kent State University & Chief Instructor@Pro Martial Arts

Deborah White

Parma Heights resident. Manager at Goodwill. Owner of Debbie's Self-defense 101. Martial Arts Instructor at Kent State University and Pro Martial Arts. Teaching and writing about Bullying Prevention, Women's Self-defense, and Karate.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:33 AM, 04.01.2019