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Concentric Circles of Self-Defense

I was contemplating the "maxim" that Rory Miller and/or Marc MacYoung provided on self-defense, i.e. "Avoidance-deescalation-awareness-legal considerations-manners-last resort body mechanics."

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What I considered is a bit of order change to apply it to my self-defense strategy. I would use the graphic shown at the left to represent how I perceive self-defense should be applied using the maxim provided above.

To my mind it should read, "Awareness - Avoidance - Deescalation/Manners - Body Mechanics." Why? Good question. I see that awareness must be first and foremost. To be aware goes way beyond being in the present moment but awareness of all the data that applies to both social and a-social violence for self-protection in this maxim.

If aware of self, others, environmental and all the other pre-application decisions such as ethics as to applying violence for self protection then awareness should provide you with at least 90% of your needs - for non-professionals. This awareness feeds into the next circle, avoidance. If awareness is achieved to the maximum then avoidance falls into place for the individual now has the tools to remain aware and thus avoid violent encounters.

If for some reason, we are human you know, we do encounter someone, i.e. the monkey dance as primary here but could be applied to a more predatory encounter, someone we can then utilize both our manners and deescalation. This is where I would insert into training how to talk to an adversary.

When I say how to talk I include recognition of both the direct comments and those hidden, i.e. presupposition or remarks about presupposition, along with the ability to use your comments, language, to deflect, etc. Your ability to provide "verbal defense" may be critical. The ability to perceive what is said and what may actually be implied will lead to proper responses, etc.

If deescalation/manners fails then and only then does body mechanics come into play. Sometimes you don't get any opportunity to avoid, deescalate/manners, etc. but find yourself in the soap overcoming the "freeze," and so on.

Yes? No? Maybe? Comments?

p.s. also, the circles kind of represent danger getting closer so the inner circle represents a person within striking range, etc. This is not how it really occurs but merely to provide a picture for the mind that if the outer circle fails to stop the attack hopefully the inner set(s) will BEFORE the last barrier of protection.

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