How You Can Make 2005 Your Safest Year Yet! - Part I
By Michelle Annese
the biggest fear when i speak with women on how to protect themselves from
rapists or an attack and they will tell you, im just not strong
unfortunately, that myth is believed by so many women, that its regarded
it is true, as a whole, men are stronger than women. but there are so many
ways women can protect themselves without the brute strength that women think
women need to learn the ways of the woman warrior and win
by outsmarting an attacker.
for example, if someone is approaching you, hold out your hands in front of
you and yell stay back! or stop! most sexual assailants
interviewed say that they leave a woman alone if she showed that she wasnt
someone to be messed with or wasnt afraid to fight them back.
its called putting up a verbal boundary. many who have used this as part
of their training say they were amazed when they stepped toward a threatening
stranger and yelled back off! in a strong, assertive, projecting
voice. and the would-be assailant did just that.
and what about the guys? it works the same for them when confronted by a bar
room bully. big surprise.
using pepper sprays can work in the same manner. just by aiming at a potential
attacker and yelling, i have pepper spray! can be a deterrent. thats
if it is in your hand at the time.
pepper sprays are only effective if properly used. telling your would-be assailant
that you have pepper spray
and its in the bottom of the purse is
not effectively using it, nor any weapon or self-defense product for that matter.
whether a stun gun, taser, or other form of pepper spray device (stun rings,
pepper pens, pepper cell phones all these are available at www.safetyquestproducts.com).
you need to have it readily available, in your hand.
knowing how to use these devices also plays a huge role in protection. you
must know how the device works and be familiar with it. how? practice. practice.
go outside, and shoot a tree. see how the pepper spray really works. see the
distance it takes to reach a target. tell yourself, i will use this if
i feel my life is in danger no question. and without hesitation.
there are places that actually have computer simulated mace practice rooms.
it is so life-like. these are the same simulations that law enforcement use
for their own practice. one in particular that i have used is located at abatis
security in waynesboro, virginia. http://blueridgemtns.net/security/abatis/
this type of training helps to program the mind during adrenal-stress. or another
form is called body alarm reaction (b.a.r). you must train the mind with a stressful
situation or adrenaline response to know just how you will react during an actual
how you react in a b.a.r. moment will let you know if youll hesitate
in a life or death situation.
perfect example. my friend roger, who specializes in law enforcement training
told me about a police squad that was in a terrible mess. they were getting
shot and killed in the line of duty.
no one could figure out why until they took a closer look at the speed ratio
of shots fired compared to those injured. they then compared it to the time
it took for them to reload their weapon and found that this squad was below
average. (even though most on the squad were superb marksmen.)
investigating further, they looked into the way this squad practiced at the
shooting range. to the police departments amazement, during the squads
shooting practice, the owner of the range requested that law enforcement would
not let their clips fall to the ground (apparently he didnt like the mess).
instead, if they would remove their clip; set it down, and then reload.
we have a saying in the martial arts world, repetition breeds instinct.
and that is what this squad had done.
the time it took them to reload was wasting precious seconds between life and
death in the heat of an altercation. they were conditioned in adrenaline response
to respond a certain way, and they did.
unfortunately, some paid with their lives. but it is a lesson well learned
and much needed to be passed on. so others in the future can save their own
lives. not just law enforcement, but even the self-defense savvy public, like
how you can make 2005 your safest year yet! part ii. in it will be the
three things you must avoid at all costs to protect yourself from a life-threatening