While these may not sound like critical components of learning personal safety skills, they are the bedrock foundation on which your safety is built.
We’ve all been afraid before, and in the face of violence, fear is normal and natural. The question is, will it paralyze you or fuel you?
Although it is not a popular topic in most safety programs, your personal morals and ethics are vital to consider BEFORE you are confronted by violence. In other words, if someone is about to harm you or your family, how far will you go to stop them?
Most of our behavioral habits are ingrained in us by our family and community. As an example, if you were raised in an environment in which being polite and kind were expected, you may have a difficult time doing something as simple as sending poorly prepared food back in a restaurant because it makes you feel uncomfortable to hurt someone’s feelings. Contrast that with the need to verbally confront a screaming, aggressive person who is threatening you and your family when you’re taking a nice walk in the park. Without training, your lifetime of practice in being polite may handicap you when you need it most.
Finally, it is important to understand the legal elements of personal safety. Many people are unwilling to take decisive action because they are afraid of the eventual legal ramifications. Real knowledge in this area is incredibly empowering.
Do you know what’s going on around you all the time, or do you spend most of your day texting, listening to music and generally ignoring the world around you? When you enter a restaurant, theater or other venue, do you know where the exits are? Environmental awareness sounds simple, but is all about building safety habits into your life. One of our basic rules is 99.9% of danger is avoidable IF you are looking for it.
Behavioral profiling is the next critical component. Violence, while seemingly chaotic, is extremely predictable if you recognize the many verbal and non-verbal cues that precede actual physical violence.
Building layers of protection is just like wearing layers to stay warm in cold weather. Deliberate lifestyle choices, technology and pre-planning are invaluable tools to help keep you safe and make you a harder target for any assailant.
Danger avoidance skills are verbal and physical tools and techniques that you can use to completely avoid potential violence, defuse an escalating situation, or distract an assailant to your advantage.
The most important tools needed to survive a real-world violent encounter are primarily mental and emotional. However, having a functional set of natural, intuitive, non-complex movements that you can do when you are distracted, tired, sick or injured is essential.
Using concepts from modern sports science and motor learning principles, the physical toolbox we teach is first and foremost easy to learn and accessible. Our goal is to teach you the critical movement skills you need in a matter of hours.
Secondly, every movement you will learn in our system is natural and intuitive. In other words, the power generation and biomechanics we will show you will feel like you’ve always known them. We will just show you how to use them to protect yourself.
While many traditional martial art systems have thousands of techniques, our only focus is on teaching tools that have been proven to work in real-world situations over and over. We then show you how to use them in the most critical positions and scenarios.
One of the biggest concerns is your ability to retain your physical toolbox with minimal effort over time. Simple, natural, intuitive movements combined with mental blueprints of real-world violence make what you will learn in our courses available to you when you need it most.
Our courses are precisely designed to provide you with all three beginning from hour 1 of your preparation.
To enhance you and your family’s safety, the first thing you must have is clarity: about how real violence occurs and what you are personally willing to do to defeat it. We will help you understand both.
Next, you need competence in a multitude of skills: assessing, evading, talking, moving, striking and retreating. Our courses cover these topics and more in great depth. Plus, we show you how to continue your training at home.
Finally, when you have both clarity and competence, what naturally emerges is confidence: in yourself, your knowledge, your intuition and your skills. This may be the greatest gift you can ever give yourself because confidence is THE antidote for the unnecessary and unwarranted fear that so many people live with daily.