Fittingly enough, as we remember what happened 16 years ago this month, we are talking about defense during classes this month. We are talking about what we call the “3 Ds” of defense:
Detect: The first part of defending yourself is to be aware of your surroundings. If you detect that a certain group of people seems angry, don’t do anything to provoke them. If a person appears to be looking for trouble, avoid that person, if possible. There is little sense in seeking out conflicts and getting into dangerous situations. This causes an increased risk for injury. Remember that you’ll win 100% of the fights that never happen.
Defuse: If you cannot avoid a potential conflict, the next best path of action is to attempt to defuse the situation. This can be done by using non-threatening language, tone of voice, and body language. This is why so much effort is put into diplomacy. War is terrible and needs to be avoided at all costs, if possible.
Defend: Finally, if you are unable to avoid a physical conflict, you must defend yourself. Defending yourself essentially entails doing whatever you need to do to avoid physical harm to yourself and others, and ending the ability of the attackers to attack. Examples include blocking attacks and counterattacking until the attackers either back off or are unable to continue attacking. It does not mean continuing to attack to the point where you are now on offense. We are talking about self defense, not self offense.
Please consider these points this month while we train. If you know someone who can benefit from our program and from training like this, please send them over to DavidFullerKarate.com.
Finally, please take a moment from your day to remember what happened to our country 16 years ago today. Never forget.