In the last few years, a number of disasters have struck in a cities across the US. Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy devastated entire cities’ infrastructures, causing the metropolitan areas to effectively shut down and citizens to be stranded, left to their own devices for days at a time. Disasters happen; the better we can prepare now, the more likely we are to successfully navigate the crisis.
While self-defense involves physical training, it also requires mental preparedness.
The word “self-defense” implies going solo, but instead of planning to go it alone, create a small community, with a similar mindset and goals.
Relying on each other as a first option, rather than waiting for larger crisis assistance groups such as the Red Cross and FEMA, is often more effective since these large groups can be over-burdened and strained in times of disaster.
Approaching a disaster as a community will provide stability in a time of uncertainty and help improve the safety of the group as a whole.
In regards to conflict, avoidance is always best; the only way to insure that you are not injured in an altercation is to avoid them altogether. To do this, it’s important to stay away from situations where altercations are likely – often where large groups of people have gathered or were placed by officials. When deciding where to go, one must weigh the obvious benefits of receiving such assistance from the authorities with the increased likelihood of conflict. When moving locations, it is important to move at night or early morning to avoid groups of people. Staying quiet will avoid bringing attention to those in your party.
However, in some situations, conflict might become inevitable. Disasters can bring out the worst in people – robbers, looters, and the like – and defending oneself from such individuals requires physical and mental preparation.
Training now will decrease the level of uncertainty were an event to happen. With a number of factors at play during a crisis situation, it is important to have a clear mental outline prior to the event. When engaged in an altercation, it is imperative to not give up and commit one hundred percent; you must have a “do or die” attitude in any physical assault situation. It is also important to be mentally prepared to offer a “violence of action” response to an assailant. This means that you will simply defend yourself with the a tenacity over and above they way you are being attacked. An aggressor must realize that the individual they are attacking isn’t defenseless and is prepared to fight back.
Regular martial arts training – two or three times a week – will prepare one physically and allow one to learn self-defense techniques that minimize the violence incurred during a conflict. While martial arts training will equip you with the physical skills necessary to engage in an altercation, one must be prepared for things to not be as clear cut as they might be in a martial arts gym. Adaptability and self-reliance are key, and with a high level of mental preparedness, you can become an asset to fellow members of your community in times of crisis.