by D. L. White
(Plain Press, February 2016) Open up a newspaper, or your search engine, and the news is laced with violence and destruction. Walking into a restaurant, school, or waking up can make anyone apprehensive about the days’ events. What can be done about your day to day safety? Guns, stun guns, mace, and knives are an option. There are laws and regulations to abide by. Training is needed in order to use any weapon. Guns need to be cleaned and there is always the chance of premature discharge. Stun guns may have to be charged or need batteries. Mace has to be in a prime location handy for quick access and be pointed in the right direction when released. Knives require professional training. No matter what type of weapon you use to defend yourself, there is a chance of failure. Self-defense techniques are not full proof, but when weapons fail, your techniques will not.
Becoming aware of your surroundings is the first step toward self-defense. If you are walking into a grocery store to shop for dinner the last thing on your mind is someone coming out of the shadows and putting a gun to your head. Reaction time is everything. Is the assailant standing behind you, beside you, or in front of you? Consider the time it would take to reach for your gun or mace. Is it ready in your hand while you are shopping? The problem is that no one expects bad things to happen. Learning self-defense or karate takes time and energy. How important is your life to you? How about your family? Self-defense classes should be taken for your own good.
The next step is to realize that something bad could happen to you in your unimpeachable world. Your reaction is detrimental to your continued pursuit of life and happiness. In reality many people do not understand the impact of striking another person. The thought of being hit by an assailant is out of the realm of reality.
Commitment is the last important component needed to complete a well rounded safety improvement program. Be committed to your own safety by practicing learned techniques. In your pursuit for health and happiness be aware of your surroundings, understand your effect on others and their effect on you.
Editor’s Note: D.L. White has an MBA from DeVry University, a Black Belt, and teaches at KSU. She is the author of “Shattered to Bits” @Amazon.com on e-book