When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
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Your paying attention to your instincts, your intuition, your inner voice that is saying, "something is not right." Your shield's are up now that you spoke the words and your going to train yourself to do two things, open your awareness and keep moving.
Whether stationary or moving you start or keep moving. Say it out load in the same manner, i.e. "Shield's up - move."
Your awareness is peaked so you scan as you move. Say it out loud in the same manner, i.e. "Shield's up - move - scan."
About now your saying, "How embarrassing, I am not going say anything out loud - everyone will think I am nuts." Ok, but I can say that talking out loud will help you immensely to retrieve those actions and intent better and will assist in keeping your body and mind from freezing. Remember that to keep moving and scanning will assist you in keeping the vision from tunneling, it will keep you breathing since you have to in order to speak out loud, and your peripheral vision while scanning will pick up more. Important as well you will be less likely to focus on one thing that catches the eye thus tend to stop moving and remain stationary.
While you are speaking out loud, becoming aware, moving, and scanning you want to assume a SD kamae which says two things, 1 - Your are not a threat and 2 - you are not a victim. If you take some aggressive position be it stationary or moving the threat may take that as a challenge. If you fall into a body posture or movement that is viewed as submissive or fearful it also will promote the threat to attack.
I will put my arms up with one across my stomach and the other with the elbow in my open hand and that arm's hand up under my face and chin in a position that says I am contemplating something or thinking seriously but accompanied with the scans, etc. will "tell" others I am not an easy target, I am not a victim.
In that position if I need to move fast to get away I can assume a Dracula pose (Rory: Sorry can't remember what you called it) so I can charge through any blocks or barriers, etc. to seek and get to safety. You know, Bela Lagosi pose with the cape when he approaches Abbot in Abbot and Costelo meet Dracula ... you know ....
This is another way to keep you out of a freeze and moving. I feel this is a good fundamental strategy to avoid dangerous situations. It is not meant as any type of protection agains really violent and unexpected attacks from predators. You can say if you are aware that your instincts and intuition would give just enough warning to get shield's up and all that other stuff. If you practice to do this it will become a bit more natural and instinctive so it will happen fast (I understand reading it makes it seem like a longer process but not really.).