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3 Stages of Personal Protection
There are basically three stages of personal protection, each requiring a certain degree of preparation. These stages are awareness, avoidance, and defense. All three are part of a system and need to be approached as a lifestyle if it is to be an effective system.
Awareness means having the ability to recognize possible or real threats as well as the ability to anticipate the unfavorable conditions that are conducive to an attack. In protection work, a lot of emphasis is placed on the advance team identifying potential threats so they can be neutralized. So it must be with our own protection. It is our responsibility to become educated about our own surroundings.
Avoidance is the next logical step in our protection arsenal and frequently the one we ignore most. Many assault victims report having a "bad feeling" just prior to an attack. Whether through advanced planning or a "sixth sense", we should be able to recognize potential threats and avoid them. For example, driving through a rough part of town increases the likelihood of problems occurring. We may know this but chose to take the risk out of convenience, rather than take a safer route.
Defense: If, after taking as many precautions as possible, we find ourselves under attack, we must make a multitude of decisions in a very short period of time. Do I resist? How do I resist? Is retreating an option? Is compliance an option? Do I have the skills and ability to defend myself? When we make the decision to fight back, it is absolutely necessary to be as dynamic and powerful as we possibly can be. There is not the luxury of sparring and attempting to "temporarily incapacitate" our attacker. All of our training in armed and unarmed combat comes down to desire to survive. Using the fine motor skills taught in martial arts takes years of training and discipline. Under stress, we fall back on instincts and gross motor movements. We use the large muscles to react. These are the skills that must be taught and reviewed. Unlike Chuck Norris, who makes villains sorry they chose him to attack, real world Self Defense is not pretty. There is no satisfaction that we taught the bad guys a lesson. Real self defense is ugly, brutal and carries with it the very real possibility of failure. A firm resolve must be achieved long before the actual encounter begins. Are we capable of breaking bones, crippling an attacker and even crushing the life out of them? Are we afraid of being arrested for our actions, regardless of their righteousness? If there is any doubt whatsoever that you are justified in defending yourself, then you run the very real possibility of losing not only the encounter, but very possibly your life.
One very effective way to prepare for an attack is to visualize the most frightening situation you can imagine. Let your mind create the entire scenario, from initial attack to the only acceptable conclusion; your survival. Do whatever it takes to survive and Don't let doubt cause you to hesitate. Without taking self defense seriously, you are like an ostrich who hides his head in the sand and hopes the danger will pass. That is not personal protection; that is giving up your right to self defense.
Everything that we do begins in our minds, and the two most damaging things that we can experience are fear and doubt. The two feed off of each other and can lead us to be unwilling to tackle any difficult or challenging task. For me (my peers and students) it is imperative that we constantly move out of our comfort zones and challenge ourselves. Crazy? Maybe...but in times of need this mental attitude will virtually ensure your survival
We all have something inside us that will come out only when under the most demanding situations...the goal of training (in my opinion) is to frequently put ourselves in demanding, stressful situations until the sheer determination to succeed is truly an integral part of our character.