S.A.F.E. SELF DEFENSE TACTICS
AFRAID OF BEING A VICTIM...NOW WHAT?
S.A.F.E. defense tactics will help you escape an assault!
Intuition is always right in at least two important ways; it is always in response to something; it always has your best interest at heart • Gavin de Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence
THE BASICS TO SELF DEFENSE
Although we all have natural survival instincts, some stronger than others, the will to survive and win is cultivated through training and experience with situations. If you have never experienced a personal threat or violent behavior your ability to call upon your survival instinct is limited. To survive a dangerous situation training is a requirement not an option!
The five senses work involuntarily for most of us. However, your ability to be consistently and consciously aware is a skill that will prevent you from living in fear. We are all aware of the things we are attracted to, care about or enjoy. The things we do not enjoy, understand, choose to ignore or deny threaten our personal safety and the well being of others. Training the sixth sense for self-preservation takes practice and will often tip the scale of life and death in a dangerous or unfamiliar situation!
Our actions become habits and determine what we repeatedly do. When a crisis occurs we react based on conditioned responses whether it's covering our mouth when we sneeze or cowering under pressure. The familiar or conditioned response is something that can be planned and executed without thought with repetition and practice over time. Do you have an automatic plan to practice safety at work, at home, when you exit the grocery store, visit the ATM, when you are alone or with your children?
Fight or flight is a way of dealing with challenges in daily life. In a violent situation your primary goal and ultimate focus is and should always be to escape further harm. Your secondary goal is to educate others who will benefit from your experience. How quickly can you escape? Where will you go and how fast can you get there? This will be determined, by how effectively you execute your plan and what you do when your initial plan fails?