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Saturday, November 8, 2008

"The Big 3"

Do you feel anything about such a place or location?
Listening to it could save you from harm!

It's the coolest thing in the world for me to be able teach those who would listen how to defend themselves. It's not about the "techniques" of martial arts, the tough macho attitude some guys project or the feeling of being "safe" leading to complacency out there. All these could get us into serious trouble. It's about not letting ourselves get sucked into something untoward. That means living a healthy and decent lifestyle and listening to our "gut" (intuition or kutob for us here locally), our primal survival and early warning device, when it goes off to warn us beforehand. Everything becomes academic if we're already in such an unwanted predicament.

Put simply, these are The 3 Commandments of Functional Self-Defense which we could all live by:

1. Don't be there! There are certain times and places you must never allow yourself to be in. Period. Never allow yourself to be in such a situation.

2. Get out of there! If you happen to have the bad luck of being caught in a bad situation, don't lose your head! Create as much time, space or distance away from your attacker/s in order to seize an opportunity to remove yourself there.

3. Do everything you can to get out of there! If things turn critical, then by all means punch, kick, scratch, elbow, bite, scream and use anything within arms reach you could turn as weapon on your attackers with everything you've got so you could escape from there.

An ounce of prevention is definitely worth more than a pound of cure in this case. Remember: your priority is surviving and getting home as safe with as little damage or injury as possible.


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