Reflections on Self Defense

Reflections on Self Defense

What are the basic processes or guidelines in self-defense?  People often don’t think about defending themselves until it’s too late. The time to learn to protect yourself is not after you’ve been attacked, but now, when you have a way to educate and prepare yourself. This is also the time to think about how you would handle different situations appropriately. The more preparation you have now, the less you have to worry about later.  Here are a few things to think about.

When does self-defense become a necessity? This is often where people fail to think. A person who has just finished a research paper on gangs is much more likely to feel threatened than the sweet grandma. Doing the homework in analyzing what makes a threatening situation, -and how to handle those situations- is more effective than being unprepared when these situations present themselves.

When is it too late? When you’re dead? When your attacker is close? While each situation is different, a good time to start preparing to defend yourself is when you start to feel uncomfortable. Even if you are mentally reviewing possible scenarios, or simply putting a hand on your cell phone, having something reassuring to do in this situation can sometimes help you to regain your confidence.

How do we determine when to act? Determining to act is, again, different for every situation. The best time to act is when you are confident that the other person is going to attack you, but with enough time to spare that you are able to do something about it. If you are in martial arts, that could be waiting until a punch is thrown at you. If you have other training, waiting until they attack you is fine. In other situations, sometimes taking preemptory action is safer. The best prevention, however, is preparation. Don’t wait until you are attacked to educate yourself on self-defense. By then it’s too late.

Are there laws and regulations? Every state has slightly different laws. The best policy, again, is education. Inform yourself of the laws in your state and local municipality, and make sure you understand them. Once you understand them, it makes handling a situation easier, as you now have guidelines you can follow. When a crisis occurs, you don’t want to have to make decisions, you want to be able to act immediately.

Taking the time to analyze where you are, what you need, and when to implement what you have could prove invaluable in those moments of stress and fear that you need them. The better equipped you are, whether with an actual weapon or simple street knowledge, the less you will have to process when the moment comes.

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