I have been taking karate for quite a few years now. I am a black belt, not quite a beginner. I have practiced hard…yet I am pretty sure that I would still have a great deal of trouble using it against an attacker, especially one with any size behind them.
So how do you defend yourself? Is a self-defense course the answer?
If you go on-line, you can find hundreds of self-defense sites and products. Are these any good? Do they work? Are they right for you?
Early in my university years and again when I was working within a college, I took a couple of basic self-defense courses. They were exactly right for that time in my life. They did two things. They enhanced my awareness of the dangers and gave me ideas for options that I could use. They were definitely worthwhile.
Even after years of practicing karate, my basic instincts still take over. Fear is powerful. And so it should be. Fear keeps us on our toes. It warns us to not be in dangerous situations. Even the best karate move is not to be there when the attack comes in.
January is Personal Self-Defense Month. Self-defense refers to actions taken by a person to stop another person from causing harm to one’s self.
Consider what this means for you. What actions do you need to take?
- Do you know what to do if someone grabs you? Do you need to take a course on basic self-defense strategies?
- Are you aware of your surroundings or have you become complacent?
- Do you take risks when you shouldn’t or don’t have too?
- Are you confident in yourself and do you carry yourself in a confident way?
Take your personal safety seriously. Be prepared. Be Aware. Look like you know what you are doing.