What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘Self Defence’? let me guess people carrying on like Bruce Lee, Steven Seagal or even Hong Kong Phooey. Am i right?
Self Defence starts way before any physical altercation takes place, being physically attacked can be prevented by many methods using physical defence techniques really is the last resort and if we have to resort to these skills something has broken down prior to this, the first breakdown is:-
The first step in self defence is to not look like a victim who is not paying attention to their surroundings, a would be aggressor isn’t stupid, they are not going to pick someone to rob, mug etc who may well actively defend themselves, they want to rob or mug someone who is least likely to know what is happening until it is too late. So what is target hardening? The easiest way to do this is to be an look alert to what is going on around you, when walking around town etc actively look and pay attention to who is around you, i don’t mean act in a paranoid fashion, if you are paying attention to people around you it gets you noticed by the would be mugger, they realise that you will notice him and therefore his / her element of suprise is reduced, hopefully they will look elsewhere for someone who is texting, listening to an ipod or just plain isn’t bothered what is around them.
The simple activity of looking around you and ‘seeing’ what is there helps keep you safe as you are more aware but more importantly other people know it, add to this the following actions;
- Walk with purpose,
- Look like you know where you are going,
- Don’t go to places that you feel unsafe,
- Don’t have valuables on show (walking and texting is similiar to walking with upto £500 in your hand) who would do that? I bet when you draw £50 out of a cashpoint it is in your pocket and out of sight in a split second,
- Look completely at ease and confident in your surroundings.
For more information visit: http://www.threat-response.co.uk