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escape, atemi and awareness

escape, atemi and awareness

We live in a world that delivers increasing violence against women and children, and others who are vulnerable.  Consider the concepts of “self-defense, escape, atemi and awareness for children, women and elders”.  Each of the links below, especially the first three, offer valuable information, tips, advice, insights, books, videos and DVDs. 

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http://www.functionalselfdefense.org/awareness-prevention 

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http://attackproof.com/10-best-self-defense-tips.html 

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http://thinklikeablackbelt.com/blog/self-defense-for-kids-made-easier-with-a-game/ 

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http://www.ncdsv.org/images/SelfDefenseinfo_LACAAW.pdf 

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http://www.azplayitsafedefense.com/women-teens/ 

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http://femaleawareness.com/ 

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http://www.crimesurvivors.org/page/programs/self-defense-and-safety-classes/ 

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Use the phrase “self-defense, escape, atemi and awareness for children, women and elders” to search YouTube for videos and your local ccommunityfor classes. 

I recommend simple class attendance with some practice component over self-teaching and watching videos. This is apart from any formal enrollment in a martial arts class of any genre, and apart from owning a firearm. 

The first component in preparedness is to hone your own skills in self-awareness, mindfulness and situation awareness. 

I consider mastery of these mandatory before the acquisition and use of a firearm.

Beyond that, make sure you have an outstanding flashlight (my family is outfitted with rechargeable BlazeRay LED), a loud whistle, and other small, legal and portable items kept on or near your person.

Atemi is a Japanese word that, in Japanese martial arts including aikido, uses techniques including percussive body strikes, often simply soft blows, that are often used “to briefly break an opponent’s balance (see kuzushi) or resolve”; with such a “blow to an area such as the eyes, face, or some vulnerable part of the abdomen…  the opponent can be distracted, and may instinctively contort their body (e.g., jerking their head back from a face strike) in such a way that they lose their balance”, allowing the individual under attack that prolonged but brief moment in which to regain their own footing, balance, and wherewithal to escape and call for help. 

If you or your child can be brought to a visceral understanding of learning how to remain calm in the face of a sudden storm of terror…