Self Defence and Avoiding Injury

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Self Defence when you alone are threatened with a confrontation.

  • Avoid dangerous situations in the same way you avoid rush hour traffic. If you don’t really need to be in high risk neighbourhoods or dark alleys, then there is less risk of a fight. If you can avoid unstable individuals, all the better.
  • Keeping your distance from an intoxicated or emotionally unstable person can help. Standing too close will violate their personal space, and that personal space might be several metres if they are emotionally unbalanced. This refers to a threatened person; a mugger will not allow you to move away.
  • Occasionally an upset person can be reasoned with. If you can convince them they have done nothing wrong, and convince then you are no threat, you might avoid a physical fight. But it is often better to avoid any unstable or unpredictable situation.
  • Ignore insults. You opponent doesn’t believe what they say any more than you do. Sometimes words are just ugly sounds that mean nothing.
  • If you can walk away, do so. But do not turn your back on them. You cannot risk them hitting you from behind.
  • Adrenaline will affect behaviour. This applies to both the attacker and the threatened individual. Some individuals automatically back off. Others unfamiliar with threatening situations find it difficult to withdraw once the adrenaline affects them. Those use to stress and adrenaline will understand themselves a little better and make a better decision.
  • If there is a way to have an advantage in a fight it is keeping a clear head. This is no easy task; we never know how we are going to react till we experience the reality of the situation. Some training is of benefit here. The skills learn in martial arts are useful, but learning to react well in crisis is more important. If you have learn defence moves so that they come automatically, and you find you respond automatically when threatened, then the training is doing a lot of good.

Warn others of any danger whenever necessary.

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