One of the biggest mistakes that you can make in learning to defend yourself is to just take someone’s word. Regardless of whether the person you’re talking to is wearing a black belt around his or her waist, is a 600th degree poo-bah in Tic Tac Toe, or is the creator of the latest, greatest, “kill-’em with one finger” self defense course, you must take responsibility for insuring that you get the kind of self defense techniques that will actually save your you-know-what, when the time comes!
This article sheds some light on one piece of knowledge that you should have so that you can make sure that you’re not trying to learn self defense from some guy who just has a few “ideas,” but has never really “been there” to prove that his stuff works! I can’t guarantee that, after you read this, that you’ll be able to spot a “want to-be” from the real thing, when it comes to self defense experts. But, you will at least know where to begin to insure that your are learning the kind of self defense techniques that will match the types of attacks you are most likely to encounter!
And, before I go into this lesson any further, let’s set the record straight that…
Self defense is NOT the same thing as “fighting!”
It’s funny but, when I was a cop and I was pulling two guys off each other, every single time both of them would tell me that they were just “defending themselves!” Funny. You both looked like you were fighting. That means that neither of you looked like you were trying to get away from the other!
And, that same mentality is prevalent in the self defense world. Every guru seems to have a “self defense” book, video, or program. And yet, when you look closely at the lessons being taught, what you see are lessons for fighting – for beating someone down – not escaping.
But, if we’re talking about self defense, we must include the context in which we are defending ourselves. We must also look at things like why we’re being attacked, by whom, and with what kind of attack or weapon.
What I mean is that, to understand and therefor be able to look for the right self defense techniques for you, you need to ask the question, “under what condition or circumstances am I likely to be attacked?”
Here are several types of self defense paradigms. Each one comes with it’s own set of needs, strategies, tactics, and purpose. And, these things in and of themselves, determine what “kind” of self defense techniques you need.
1) Self Defense for police officers and armed security personnel.
2) Self Defense for body guards and executive protection specialists.
** The above two types require almost the exact opposite when it comes to training, by the way!
3) Self Defense for the average citizen. (This is subdivided and can be further broken down to include self defense for women, rape defense, and self defense for children)
While there are general principles and concepts that are universal, regardless of which group you are in, the fact remains that if you are really going to learn the types of self defense techniques that you need to be able to defend yourself against “your” most likely attacker, who’s throwing his most likely attack…
…you MUST begin by knowing who and what that is BEFORE you even get started!
Effective self defense requires more than just a few “karate moves.” It involves the ability to think strategically, and understand how to defend yourself with as little wear-and-tear on you as possible.