Back in the old days, if you were on the search for a good master to teach you proper fighting skills, you would have probably ended up in some mystical monastery, high up at a difficult to reach and deserted mountain. They would shave your head and bald-headed you would daily carry gallons of water up the mountain for years until one day you would become really tough and ready to face the dangers of the outside world. Nowadays it has luckily become much easier, you can find martial arts schools in almost every town and even some global self-defence franchises with their aggressive marketing strategy seem to be appearing lately, even in the smallest communities.
If you have read my post about what is and what isn’t proper self-defence training, you should now know what to look for. Now that you decided that you want to learn those important life-saving skills, you might be wondering where you can actually find this kind of training? First of all, looking for a perfect solution is always tricky. I will try to give you some guidance here, but to be fair, neither do I know every instructor out there personally, nor can or should I judge the quality of their work. It is down to you to make that research on your own. Obviously, there are some differences between what is usually offered by various training providers, what good self-defence training should include, what is and what isn’t important for someone to being a good instructor, so you know what you should look for. All that being said, it also depends a lot on your own preferences. Although I have expressed in my posts some criticism on how certain providers do not really deliver the best and most effective self-defence training, that is related to a very one-sided perspective. I was coming from the angle of someone who is strictly focused on self-defence and how to learn the most efficient way how to protect yourself and your loved ones. But maybe you want to be a martial artist and have already some kind of interest or affection towards a certain martial art. If that is the case, go for it, no doubt about that, as long as you enjoy what you do.
Sadly the world is not all sunshine and happiness, there are some unpleasant individuals out there that might want to do us some harm for various reasons, I assume we can all agree on that, if not read this post first. But what exactly are you supposed to do about it? Should you now hide from the world to be safe or walk the streets in fear? How do you actually know what kind of threats are of real concern to you personally and could you eventually simply ignore some? Let’s find out, shall we?
I have made it my mission to educate people on how to stay safe and I do so by writing this blog, posting videos on a Youtube channel, and organizing practical self-defence courses. Over time I have discovered that there is one major factor that significantly contributes to the fact that most people do not know how to react in a critical and dangerous situation and it might surprise you that I am not talking about criminals or individuals with ill intentions, but actually our own ignorance. Don’t get me wrong here, I do of course not mean that in a rude way, but there is also no point in sugar-coating things when your life could potentially be on the line, so let it be a bit controversial for the sake of having an eye-opening conversation, agreed?
The ability to detect and avoid trouble and danger before it actually occurs, is probably far more important than knowing how to fight. Many unpleasant situations one might find himself in, can be prevented, simply by paying attention to your surrounding and reading the signs. Personal safety is where all your mother’s wisdom comes back in 😉
There are certainly already many blogs about security advice out there, so you might wonder why did I think the world would need another one? Well, I have spent now some 25+ years working in the security industry and counting, mostly protecting businesses, politicians, corporations. Whenever I was able to work with ordinary people, helping them to protect their homes or teaching them how to defend themselves and their loved ones, my work had a REAL MEANING! I felt that I was doing something good and useful and that made me feel good in return.
Do you need to protect yourself?
Despite all the progress of our modern society, the world we live in can at times still be a dangerous place! There are many threats and dangers to our lives, many of which most people are not even aware of. I’ve created rssecurity.tips to help with FREE professional security advice on the subjects of personal safety and home security. I might sound like an idealist, but I believe that a few good people can make a difference, so I am trying to be one of those. Even if what I do cannot change the world, if it only might help one person, it was absolutely worth the effort!
Should you be taking your safety in your own hands?
Although for me the answer to this question is very obvious, I am aware that some of you might actually be still in doubt. As a law obeying citizen, you are being taught to rely on law and justice provided by the government. Think about that just for a moment, the law is only being enforced AFTER a crime has already happened, correct? The reality is, that no government can afford to put a police officer in front of everyone’s house, to ensure that everyone is safe. Our justice system, like many others, is based on punishment with fines and serving time in prison. That should scare lawbreakers off and make crime less appealing to them.
Now do I really need to say how effective this system is in reality? Not only do many crimes not get solved ever, but even if the criminals get caught, very often they walk away unpunished. The jails are crowded and therefore for certain crimes they do not even get sentenced anymore.