In light of recent local events, I am reminded how extremely important it is to be “your own protector.” This phrase means several things to me.
1) I need to be able to defend myself under any circumstances that present themselves. This defense may be how to run, get away, not get noticed, and get out of a terrible situation. It also means that I need to educate myself on all levels conflict in order to properly educate my family.
2) If I can’t protect myself I can’t protect my family or those who are with me.
3) Even though most, if not all police officers would love to be at the right place and the right time in order to prevent and stop violence, the sad fact is usually always arrive after the damage is done.
With these in mind, I am doing several things. First, I am thinking about situations that might arise and how I would act to protect myself and my family. This reaction isn’t always fighting- it is usually escape plans, awareness etc. Fighting is a last resort, but a necessary item to have in our training and our capability. Secondly, I am doing my best to make sure that I can fight and use all methods of force up to and including lethal force to protect myself and my loved ones.
As mentioned above, the police can’t always protect you and likely won’t be there when the proverbial “crap hits the fan.” Whether this is at your house, in a grocery store or at work, you need to know what to do, and so do I. I am learning more every day. I hope that you will take to the time to learn the escape tactics, defense tactics and fighting tactics that could save your life and the lives of the ones you love.
I hope that these terrible things never happen again, but they will. I want to be prepared, do YOU?
Here at Total Ryu and ACT training we have all kinds of resources and contacts to get you what you need. Call and schedule a class or call and ask questions. I will do my best to help out.