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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

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Self Defense and Why Avoidance is Critical

I am not an expert on self-defense. I have some knowledge and we all know well how a little knowledge can be very, very dangerous. But just the same, I gotta express my opinion on this subject. 

I have read a few comments from some experts that explain that many self-defense courses tend to teach only a very small part of the full spectrum of what self-defense is, etc. One of the parts I tend to try and explain is avoidance. Avoidance as I understand self-defense is possible in most situations. This means to me that if you are smart and knowledgable about the full spectrum that is self-defense you can almost always avoid getting into the physical part.

So, if that is true then most self-defense programs would flounder and fall away from the commercial arena. Teaching avoidance is not glamorous and not depicted in martial arts movies, television or games. 

What this post is about is teaching students about avoidance not just to avoid getting into a fight, which is illegal, but one of the more critical aspects of the physical as an answer to conflict, that is “blood” exposure. We don’t stop and consider in a dojo what can happen when and if we get into a physical altercation where blood is let loose. 

I don’t have to get into the explanation of what can happen health wise if you are exposed to blood. I decided to speak up about this small aspect within the spectrum of self-defense because of an interview I watched where the interviewee mentioned how his job exposed him to blood and how that changed his life for a long period of time. It also let me know that in such situations as self-defense that one exposure opens the door to so many adverse possibilities that it warrants consideration toward spending some time learning about avoidance as a primary tool to self-defense. 

The next time you train for self-defense ask that question, “What happens and what can I do if I am exposed to blood in a self-defense situation?” I wonder how many will actually take the time to explain all the issues with this small, but important, aspect of self-defense. 

This falls under the full spectrum, i.e. what leads up to violence, what happens in the fight, what can occur after the fight both legally and health wise and the long term repercussions to involvement in violence/conflict. 

Consider what your training and practice will expose you to if you use it. You should hope that you can avoid it unless circumstances dictate the physical is the only viable choice? Does your SD program cover all this? And more …………

Blood or bodily fluid exposure is only “one” of the many reasons why avoidance is critical. Right? 

WARNING: This is not medical advice. Seek information and explanations from medical professionals. I am not a medical professional. If you teach self-defense you should provide instruction in this area from medical professionals. 

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