It’s Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month!

Are you prepared?

Crime can happen to anyone, anyplace, at any time. Think for a moment – how many of your loved ones are between the ages of 12 and 34? Individuals occupying this window are at the highest risk of sexual violence, accounting for 54% of all victims.

The following statistics have remained at a constant level;

            Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

            Every 6 minutes, someone in the U.S. is raped.

            Every 34 minutes someone in the U.S. is murdered.

(Statistics from FBI Uniform Crime Reports www.fbi.gov)

Why it Matters

When the time comes, instead of being paralyzed with fear, you can be empowered with the right knowledge. With the correct tools, you can stop a potentially life altering event.

January is dedicated to educating citizens, especially women and teens about realistic self-defense options that could very well save their lives.  The aim is to emphasize that being totally prepared by raising your awareness reduces your risk of being a victim.

Did you know that 95% of crime can be easily prevented? Survivors of rape and domestic violence will agree that avoidance is much easier than recovery. At Premier, we offer Situational Awareness/Practical Self-Defense. This is progressive training taught in levels.

So what types of people do criminals choosing as targets? What are the odds that you could be targeted? Victims of crime often, offer themselves up as targets by the way they behave, by being distracted, disorganized, unfocused and unprepared. As a seasoned criminal said, “We don’t pick our victims, they pick themselves”. Never give a crook a chance, because they will take it. 

As a group, women are the more frequent victims of crime. Women alone may certainly be attractive targets for robbery or other attacks, simply because they are in general smaller and can be perceived as weaker than men, offering a path of least resistance for criminals.

How We Can Help

Self-Defense Level 1

Level 1 is where it all begins. You learn to be aware of your surroundings. Identifying potential threats or dangerous situations is the first step of self-defense. Developing a cognizance of the world around you can give you a significant advantage.

Self-Defense Level 2: Practical Application

Next is Practical Application Level 2, learning strikes and kicks to vital targets, escaping holds and causing injuries to opponents.

Self-Defense Level 3: Ground Work

Then Practical Application Level 3 brings us to ground work, literally. Learning how to fall safely and get back to your feet, escaping from grabs, holds and chokes when impeded with obstacles such as the ground or against a wall.

Tips to Keep Yourself Safe

How can regular people protect themselves? 

Level 1 is where it all begins. You learn to be aware of your surroundings. Identifying potential threats or dangerous situations is the first step of self-defense. Developing a cognizance of the world around you can give you a significant advantage.

Self-Defense Level 2: Practical Application

Next is Practical Application Level 2, learning strikes and kicks to vital targets, escaping holds and causing injuries to opponents.

Self-Defense Level 3: Ground Work

Then Practical Application Level 3 brings us to ground work, literally. Learning how to fall safely and get back to your feet, escaping from grabs, holds and chokes when impeded with obstacles such as the ground or against a wall.

It Could SAVE YOUR LIFE.

You must give yourself the moral authority to protect yourself and others. You never know when you might find yourself in a dangerous situation where you may need to protect yourself. Self-Defense classes are great for anyone, but they are especially good for women and teens. Premier offers all levels of self-defense both armed and unarmed.

In conclusion “Personal Protection is about learning to decrease your risks and increase your options if assaulted. Learning to defend yourself from other people with or without weapons, is a result of training with qualified instructors. However, in most cases, it’s just you and them, and you can take steps to have the advantage. Your life and health are your most important possessions, so learning to avoid situations that put your safety at risk is the first goal. Your best natural weapon is your brain, and your best defense is to exercise good crime prevention strategies.

These tips can help you prevent an assault on yourself or any other person you know. Used wisely they may save a life – maybe yours. However, nothing beats common sense. So, if you want to reduce your chances of being a victim, do what you must do now, so that you don’t regret it later.

Keep you eye out for our next feature, where we’ll discuss Cyberstalking, and how you can keep yourself protected online in this digital age!

 

  • Written by Tommie Rowland

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