Hardcore Self-Defense: Training to Survive

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Here’s the bad news – the criminals always have it easier. That’s just the way it is. During a disaster or crisis, law enforcement will be busy dealing with many other issues such as rescue efforts, etc. They’ll be short-staffed and since there will be fewer patrols, law enforcement will be laxer.

Most criminal acts are products of opportunity and this is as good an opportunity as any for criminals. As human beings, we are generally a peaceful species. Most people abhor violence and shy away from confrontation.

This immediately makes most people prey. There are people in our society who enjoy the thrill of killing and/or do it because they are mentally unsound. There are criminals who have zero qualms about beating you up and taking your property. Then there are sick individuals who will rape and even kill women just so they aren’t identified.

They have no value for life and no fear of consequences. Since they’re the ones committing the crimes, they often pick the time, place, and victim that represents the best opportunity.

Since they’re at an advantage from the get-go, the only way to level that advantage and give yoursef a fighting chance is to train like your life depended on it… because it actually does.

In this article, you’ll discover a few self-defense tips that you’d be wise to follow. These tips will give you an edge during a physical confrontation and if push comes to shove and you need to fight for your life, the points below will serve you well.

Know the difference between self-defense and traditional martial arts

The problem with traditional martial arts like Karate, Judo, etc. is that they are rigid and take a long time to learn. While the expert practitioners are more than capable of handling themselves in a self-defense situation, most people who do learn these arts still struggle in an actual real-world physical confrontation.

Doing horse stances and other fancy poses are unhelpful and people who think that these moves will help them will probably find themselves getting beaten up by criminals with no martial arts training whatsoever.

What you need to do is join classes conducted by self-defense experts. Alternatively, you could join Krav Maga classes or Kali/Eskrima or any type of close combat training that favors the use of groin strikes, eye gouges, and other techniques that are fast and brutally effective.

Remember, when your life depends on taking down your assailant, NOTHING is off limits and everything is “fair.” Fuck fighting fair, you have to fight for your life because if you don't, you could DIE.

In self-defense, the goal is survival and escape. You’re not interested in scoring points on difficulty of execution or flashy moves. If a man is about to rape a woman, she’ll have a better chance of escaping by stabbing him in the throat with a pen rather than going into a karate cat stance as she waits to defend herself.

Train in different clothes

It’s easy to throw kicks and punches when you’re in a karate gi and you’re wearing comfortable or no footwear. What happens if you’re wearing a tight dress that restricts your kicks? What if you’re in heels?

When practicing at home, you want to train in different clothes so that you know what your limitations are. You may need to kick off your shoes or hike your skirt up to have more freedom to move.

If a woman is about to get raped, there is no time for modesty, decency, and propriety. If the bandage dress is restricting you and preventing you from kneeing your attacker in the groin, you may have to hike it all the way up to your waist to execute the move even if it means exposing your panties.

It’s either that or you end up being overpowered and raped. You’ll only know how restrictive your clothes can be if you train in them. The same applies to men – the baggy pants that you wear could restrict you, too.

Change up your training

Train with different partners so that you can adapt to different people’s moves and techniques. You should also practice in different locations – try sparring while wearing ankle weights. Try being pinned down by two people in your self-defense class and see how you react.

What about in a dark room that simulates an isolated parking lot? How about if your opponent is shouting vulgarities at you? Many people are intimidated when they’re being shouted at. How you train is how you fight – so train for every imaginable scenario.

Try self-defense in a small space with your practice partner and see how that works for you. That’s what could happen if you get cornered in an elevator.

What if someone approaches you with a knife? Or a gun? You have to be ready for anything.

The world ain't getting any safer or saner.

Bear these 3 points in mind when you’re training. The more varied and practical your training is, the better able you’ll be should you ever be in a situation where you need to defend yourself. Train as often as you can till your reactions are instinctive. How you react needs to be second-nature. You don't have time to think.

Your self-defense MUST be instinctive, and yet, strategic and effective during a violent encounter. This will ensure your highest chances of survival.

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