Most people think about self-defense in terms of hard skills, like shooting a gun, deploying pepper spray, shouting “NO!” and issuing palm strikes to the face. Sure that’s all part of it, but there’s so much more fundamental stuff.
I like how Mike’s #1 is to learn first aid. The need for first aid is arguably more important and something you’re more likely to use on a regular basis. I mean sure… we carry our guns because someday it may save our lives, but first aid skills save many more lives on a more common basis. Until I took Lone Star Medic’s Dynamic First Aid class a few months back, my first aid knowledge was still based upon what I had learned in Boy Scouts. I had been searching for a first aid course for some time, I knew my skills were lacking, so it was great when LSM’s course came up. I do consider seeking additional medical training a priority, an LSM is coming back to KR Training in September 2012. I’ll be there.
I also appreciate Mike’s #2 about physical fitness. Sometimes the best defense (see what I did there?) is to escape. If you can’t run 25 yards without collapsing from lack of breath, if you struggle to get up off the floor or just from a bended knee, you are at a major disadvantage. If you need somewhere to start, I’ll give you two suggestions. 1. Pick one thing in your diet to clean up, like stop drinking soda or cut back on it (e.g. at most 1 per day, or maybe 1 per week). No major changes, just 1 thing. 2. When you drive somewhere, park your car away from the store. Not in some “tactically unsound” way (e.g. that dark, unpopulated corner of the lot), but don’t keep circling or striving to get a space that’s as close to the building doors as possible. Parking a little further away means you have to walk a little more, and that’s a good thing. These are small things, but these little things will add up.
Go read the rest of Mike’s article. It’s sound advice.