Part of being prepared to defend yourself or your loved one is being aware of the bad situations that could happen. Although it may be uncomfortable for men and women to think of themselves or their loved ones being beaten, sexually assaulted or murdered, these are the situations where self-defense training is required. The video Beyond the Gun: Understanding Risk & Reality from the Personal Defense Network featuring Prime Defense Lead Instructor Kristin Larson discusses the risks we face every day and how to prepare for them.
According to Kristin, “We may even be tempted to think a woman was robbed, beaten, sexually assaulted, and/or murdered because she did or didn’t do something that we would never do and therefore none of those things can happen to us. Don’t fall into this trap. Women (and men) are in the wrong place at the wrong time every day and fall victim to criminals.” However, her suggestion is not to be scared or live in fear, but to be confident and to do your research.
Research your community as part of your self-defense preparations. This may include reading crime reports, watching the news and talking to friends and co-workers about what is going on. Kristin also suggests considering the social situations you put yourself in as well. “This includes the people you spend time with and the places you spend time at. Going out on the town is fun, but puts you in a higher risk category for being the victim of a crime.”
Taking precautions and being prepared to defend yourself or your loved one can happen any time. However, living in fear is not living. So be prepared and confident in your self-defense training and skills.