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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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10 things that you look out for in your environment when you are out and about as part of your self-protection strategy

Sue asked, "list me 10 things that you look out for in your environment when you are out and about as part of your self-protection strategy?" I gave some specifics but felt clarification was necessary and this resulted in the post I am doing now.

In reality I don't have specifics I look to when I go out in the world regarding self-protection strategies or should I actually say tactics. My strategy is to know and understand what constitutes danger or dangerous situations or dangerous persons. This knowledge and understanding becomes what my mind looks into when my spider sense tingles. It is that which says, pay attention Charles and then I start to focus my awareness.

This allows me to be up without the stress of being in combat mode all the time. You can't be in combat mode and you cannot focus your mind on the particulars of what you should look for but rather have that knowledge there to trigger the spidery sense and get your shields up and running to take more appropriate actions - this is my avoidance strategy.

I don't focus my mind on ten "things" per say but rather all of it is encoded into my brain so when instincts kick in I know what to look for for what ever reasons appears. To focus on particulars could shut out those others that are just as important.

This falls under learning the details, forgetting the details and allow your instincts and impressions be your strategy for public geared self protection strategy. Make sense?


Zacky Chan said...

Perfect sense. "...forgetting the details and allow your instincts and impressions be your strategy..." One more thing that crossed my mind when reading this was maintaining relaxation. It's when my mind is completely occupied by some thought or I'm searching for some particular shop or sign that I almost get hit by a car or bike or run into someone. In those times my breathing is not deep, center of gravity rises, and I'm really not relaxed. Just imagine walking down a dangerous street where you expect to find danger and are specifically on the lookout. Consciously relaxing your body is tough, but getting in the habit of being able to draw deep belly breaths to relax the body can be a great tool of awareness, and one that underlies all the specifics.

SueC said...

'know and understand what constitutes danger, dangerous situations or dangerous persons.' - exactly my point! We need to learn what it is we should be aware of and internalise it so that those spidery senses will tingle when needed. Thanks for completing the challenge on my blog - I value your perspective charles.