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No Nonsense Self Defence

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posted on Mar, 27 2016 @ 05:05 AM

What you say and do has a HUGE effect on whether or not you are physically assaulted. You do have power and control over whether or not you are attacked. Teaching you how to exercise this power is what this site is mostly about.

Here are some excerpts.

A super simple way of understanding when it is self-defense is to ask the question: Can I take a photograph of what is going to be damaged?

If the answer is yes -- and that is being physically endangered -- THAT is what will allow you legally react in self-defense.
If the answer is no, then you aren't defending yourself, you're attacking.

. . .

Since the results of self-defense are physical (you can take a picture), the law is LESS concerned about what is going on inside your head than it is in finding out if the danger was just as physically demonstrated. If the danger was real, then other people can see it too on the security video. Or was danger just in your imagination?

. . .

Most conflict is people who have left the original source of the conflict and are now are arguing over something that has no physical existence. Pride, anger, hurt feelings, fear and self-esteem are not things you can put in a wheelbarrow. But they ARE what is now driving the conflict.

These are VERY important to your monkey brain. And while they serve as motivators for your behaviors, they are totally intangible. But outside of your own head, they do NOT exist. Self-defense is ONLY concerned with preventing stuff that you can take a picture of.

. . .

In civilized circles repercussions for unacceptable actions are
usually subtle and down-the-road. For example, you get passed
over for a promotion, someone starts slandering you to others,
etc.. It is not unusual for these repercussions to take weeks,
months or even years to manifest. Even at its most extreme,
civilized conflict are limited to strong emotions and harsh words.
Most of what you see in these circumstances are degrees of
threat display. While often loud and emotional threat displays are
a means to avoid physical violence).
The less civilized tend to take a more direct and immediate
approach. Both in the action and threat display. To them, a threat
display IS the last warning you're going to get before violence
erupts. If you don't alter your behavior, violence will happen.
Furthermore, in those circles, you do not make certain kinds of
threat displays unless you are ready, willing and able to back it up-
especially ones that are insulting or challenging.
Unfortunately, too many civilized people who find themselves in
conflict with less civilized people take the approach that they
would to dress down a rude busboy. While that might work to
intimidate a laborer in Rome, (who is afraid of losing his job 2), in
his own territory he will not tolerate it. This is not Rome, here the
customs of his own apply. And this goes double if the person being
verbally abused is a 'barbarian warrior.' In those circles, if you are
not willing to kill or die over your words, DON'T say it ... because
he is. And right then and there.

For the record, we aren't even talking about dealing with muggers and other criminals. This is how things work in certain socio-economic/ethnic/cultural levels. This is Joe Average and his cousin from the old country, Jose Mediania. Those rules that dictate 'civilized' behavior do not apply where where they are from. The rules and customs of where they live are very different than how they are done in your 'Rome.'

Unfortunately, many modern Romans fail to realize this when they travel into other socio-economic/cultural levels. Therefore they do not recognize when their behavior is both inappropriate for where they are and dangerous to themselves.

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In order to understand what "self-defense" is, you must first understand what it is not. "Self-defense" is not martial arts training. Nor is it fighting. It is not getting in touch with your inner rage and channeling it into attacking someone who scared you. It is not simply mastering a set of physical skills (e.g. becoming a kung fu killer ninja or combat shooting expert). Nor is it something you can take a weekend seminar for and then forget until you need it.

In our definition, self-defense is not a *specialized* skill that you only use in one context. In our definition it is part of a much large set of "life skills."

These are skills, talents and abilities that you will use in a myriad of ways every day of your life. What's more, as they are basic "people skills" using them will improve your quality of life. Use them and you will find yourself in far fewer conflicts, you will be more popular, work will be easier and you will get along with people much, much better.

All "self-defense" is is taking these same skill sets and applying them in a slightly different context. To a large degree, they are the same skills with some slight "tweaks." Properly applied, you will never have to use physical force to protect yourself because you will learn to steer yourself clear from situations where violence is likely.

The information here will help you gain the knowledge and awareness to avoid conflict. The analytical approach goes far beyond most self defence teachings.

There's a lot of reading here. It's worth the effort.

Stay safe.

posted on Mar, 27 2016 @ 08:29 AM
There is the old saying which is diametrically opposed to this thread which is true more often :

He who hesitates is lost

posted on Mar, 27 2016 @ 09:52 AM
a reply to: Gothmog

Had an opportunity to meet a professional cage fighter once.

Being largely untrained in self-defense, I asked him what techniques he would advise for a layman on the street in a worst case scenario.

His immediate answer...

Kick to the balls.

He was dead serious.

Class dismissed.

posted on Mar, 27 2016 @ 10:48 AM
a reply to: Kester

I don't see how much of this thread is relevant to life these days. I visited the site shown and was not impressed with the volume of wordage. (And the various shades of text are extremely disruptive.)

The basic human response to personal challenges are fight or flight. The best preparation for either of those is an old Zen saying: "Expect nothing, be prepared for anything." How that plays out depends entirely upon your physical skills. (Running fast is a good skill to have, better than fighting skills.) However, the best personal "defense" is not putting yourself into harm's way by recognizing the territory, whether the mood of someone you accidently spilled a drink upon or what rock hides a sniper.

posted on Mar, 27 2016 @ 06:35 PM
Then there are those people who are normally quite jovial, friendly, and prefer not to fight. But when challenged can summon their inner psychopath, and can convey simply with the look in their eyes that "I will kill you and eat you...and not necessarily in that order..."

It frequently functions as an effective deterrent.


edit on 3/27/2016 by DexterRiley because: more

posted on Mar, 27 2016 @ 07:39 PM
How does one take a picture of a guy saying "Im going to beat your M-Fing ass raw"?
Substitute video with sound for picture and I can agree with the basic premise for the most part.
The best self-defense is to never be in places or situations where you might be attacked.
THe next best thing is awareness at all times so your aren't caught off guard.

posted on Mar, 27 2016 @ 10:42 PM
a reply to: Kester

Every person I know who is trained in self defense and martial arts both militarily or personally seeks to avoid the fight. It's like knowing you can mess this other guy up but not wanting to because of civility. And avoiding fights is always the best answer. Is the chance your attacker has a gun to end your life worth the ten bucks or hundred bucks in your wallet? No. And that comes with being a centered person who does not let his or her emotions control his or her actions

posted on Mar, 29 2016 @ 03:20 PM
Completely agree with most of the responses above, best tactic for self defense is simply not be there. That means not switching off and forgetting where you are, like we have all done at some point in our lives. Keep looking ahead and keep looking for the danger signs. And in the event you get jumped well in that instance you will never see that coming, so either hand over your goods, not worth dying for things that can be replaced, or run fast. And in the event those 2 options are not on the table as sometimes people will just attack for the fun of it, in that instance the only option is to fight hard. But fighting is the last option, I'd rather hand over my goods and walk away alive than die for the very little money I carry and a watch.

I disagree with the above saying only the less civilised make the direct and immediate approach, the direct approach is by far the best, either hand over the goods, run or fight, keep it very simple. That is why those using the direct approach come out on top, very limited options.
edit on 29-3-2016 by RussianEagle because: Correcting spelling.

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