In This Hub:
An Intro to Self-Defense
Anger and Self-Defense
Assertive or Aggressive?
Are Martial Arts Self Defense?
Best Self-Defense Weapon
Crime ISN'T a Fight
Economy & Stress Violence
Finding Good SD Training
Five Stages of Crime
How NOT To Get Shot
How To Get Attacked
Kinds of Violence
Legalities of SD
Nature of Violence
Personal Safety Pyramid*
Pride, Self-Defense & Fighting
Repercussions of Violence
SD and You
SD ISN'T Cut and Dried
Self-Esteem and SD
What's Wrong w/SD
Violence Geeks Blog
What's With the *?
NNSD Home Page
What's your definition of self-defense?
On this page:
Let's start with what we're not going to do. We're not here to sell you our
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That's because we don't have one. The reason we don't have one is there is no such thing.
We're here to introduce you to the factors you need to consider to ensure your personal safety. With that in mind, we need to start with an important paradigm shift: Self-defense is about what you do.
That is a simple, but profound concept. One of the few worthy of being called a "paradigm shift." It's not what some system does for you. It's not some item that does everything for you. It's not a carte blanche to rain hell on someone. It's not about your fear, pride or anger. It's especially not about what you think self-defense is.
Self-defense is proportional actions you do to prevent physical harm from happening to you -- even if it means physically injuring someone else. That's it. As you'll soon see, that word 'proportional' is the tricky part. Real tricky. If we want to expand the subject (as many people want to) we can include the many things you can do to ensure your safety that are not physically injurious to someone else -- including not putting yourself into such circumstances and even running fiercely. That's it. That's the maximum range and nothing more. But even with those limited standards self-defense is a massively complex subject
Why? Remember the word 'proportional'? It's got a legal concept of "reasonably believes" attached to it. To use an old cliché about Mafia murders, 'reasonably believes' is like your feet in a bucket of cement before being dropped into the ocean. When, instead of the law's definition people act to their personal definition of self-defense, they buy a bag of cement, mix it up, put their feet in, let it dry and hop to the river and jump in. All on their very own. Oh wait, I'm sorry they do have help. Often their self-defense instructor sells them the cement, helps them mix it and carries them to the river. Yes, it's that bad. And that's assuming that the training works.
Which is an awfully big assumption.
While we're on the subject, self-defense training isn't therapy. Nor is it some psychological aid to build your self-esteem. We're not here to help you empower your dysfunction by using violence. If a situation has gotten to the point of where it is becoming physical, then it's spiraled way out of control ... usually because of emotions. You don't put out a fire by pouring gasoline on it. Which is what programs telling you to 'tap into your anger' for self-defense or promising to make you 'a warrior' are doing. (Those two approaches are very common in women's self-defense and combatives training.)
Nor are we going to give you a bunch of half baked, simplistic advice (like carrying your keys between your fingers). We're not going to tell you to carry specific self-defense equipment -- which we conveniently sell at inflated prices. We're not going to show you martial arts techniques you can use to fight off a mugger (most of those will get you killed anyway). We definitely aren't going to tell you that you have the right to go berserk on someone because you feel threatened and call the resulting carnage 'self-defense.'
If you're looking for these things, you've come to the wrong place. This
site is for thinking people. It's to help you assess your danger and figure out
what kind of training you need to address your situation.
Let me give you a visual to help you determine your self-defense needs. Imagine a public pool. It's big. Bigger than even an Olympic sized pool. Now you that you know about such pools is they are shallow on one end and deep in the other. Someone who hasn't ever seen one, wouldn't know this. All that person would see is the surface. A surface that looks the same whether it's two feet deep or twelve.
Working this pool analogy, the shallow end is pretty simple and doesn't require any great skill. With just some basics you'll be fine. The deep end? Well that's a lot more complicated. A lot of fear management issues can be handled at the shallow end. The deep end requires a whole lot more knowledge, skills, and stress inoculation (the ability to think, act and not panic under pressure). Otherwise you're going to drown.
Your circumstances dictate how deep your needs are. That's to say where you are in the pool determines what you're going to do to be safe. That means if you're looking for some general personal safety information because of what might happen, you don't really need that much training. If you're in a high risk profession or something bad is happening, you're heading into deeper water and need to up your game.
This brings us to the problem on the other end of the spectrum. That's someone who really is in a situation that's in the deep end of the pool, but they want a simplistic, kiddie wading-pool, "you just do this and it will all go away" answer. What's worse is how many people when they hear there's no push button answer, get pissed off. Worse they don't want to pay or invest the time and effort it's going to take to clean this mess up. This to the point of choosing courses of action that increase their danger -- because they're mad there's no simple answer.
Now that you know that, know this.
The intent of this hub is to acquaint you with the factors and issues involved in personal defense. The truth is self-defense is a very complex and fluid situation. The reason for this is 'self-defense' extends beyond the physical. What you do before, during and after all determine whether or not it was self-defense. You can get in as much trouble over-defending yourself as you can ineffectively defending yourself.
Your best defense is to look at your lifestyle, figure out what kind of threats you are most likely to face, and implement strategies that reduce the chances of them happening. But before you can make informed decisions, you have to know the risk factors and complications.
This hub will introduce you to these issues. We provide this information
so you can make informed decisions about the risks you are most
likely to face and tailor your actions to be effective against those
threats. You are the one who must first assess the degree of threat
you face and then decide what are the appropriate tools that work with
your comfort level.
What's wrong with most SD training?
Intro To self-defense
Why 'self-defense' isn't cut and dried
What Does Self-Defense Mean to You?
Self-defense can mean a lot
of different things. To make it even worse, it can mean a lot of
different things to different people Before you read any further, let's
take a look at what you
think self-defense is.
A Violent Crime is NOT a Fight!
Thoughts on the Nature of Violence
Economy and Stress Violence
Are Martial Arts Self-Defense?
Fighting is NOT Self-Defense!
Is Your Anger Putting You in Danger?
Assertive vs. Aggressive
Five Stages of Violent Crime
How NOT to get Shot
How To Get Attacked
Pyramid of Personal Safety
Pride, Fighting, Self-Defense & Self-control
Repercussions of 'Winning'
Don't Expect SD Training to Fix Your Self-Esteem
Violence Comes in Different Flavors
Violence NEVER Solved Anything ... oh yeah?
What Needs To Be In Self-Defense Training?
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