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I attended a personal defense informational class the other day.  I came away with two good points that I thought I’d share.

  1. 1.       Be vigilant about being aware of your surroundings.
  2. 2.       Keep your hands empty and hold them about stomach height.

These two points can be very helpful in self defense because;

  1. 1.       If you are aware of your surrounding and observant, you may notice a threat before it becomes real and be able to avoid it.
  2. 2.       If your hands are empty and at stomach height, you are more prepared to fend off an attack than if your hands are full, or in your pockets (or even just loose at your waist).

I left that night with two other women, who wanted to walk out with me for the “buddy system.”  Which I highly recommend, by the way.  I made sure I was looking around and watching for possible problems.

The next morning, I was downtown, in the parking garage.  I had gone down in the elevator, when I realized I wasn’t sure I had locked my car.  I got back in the elevator.  As soon at the door opened at my floor, I stepped out of the elevator, pointed my key-fob at the car and pushed the button.  BEEP!  Oh, cool.  It was locked.  I turned around quickly to get back on the elevator and much to my surprise was face to face with another person!

The woman, dressed in a security guard uniform, had been at the elevator all along, waiting to get on.  I had been so focused on quickly checking that my car was locked that I stepped out of the elevator, to my right without ever looking to my left (which is where she had been standing)!  And… my hands were full of stuff!

That could have been a deadly situation if it had been a “bad guy.”  Point taken, lesson learned.  I need to be more aware of my surroundings.  How about you?

 

*Pam Horton is a Certified Stress Management Coach.*

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I attended a personal defense informational class the other day.  I came away with two good points that I thought I’d share.

  1. 1.       Be vigilant about being aware of your surroundings.
  2. 2.       Keep your hands empty and hold them about stomach height.

These two points can be very helpful in self defense because;

  1. 1.       If you are aware of your surrounding and observant, you may notice a threat before it becomes real and be able to avoid it.
  2. 2.       If your hands are empty and at stomach height, you are more prepared to fend off an attack than if your hands are full, or in your pockets (or even just loose at your waist).

 

I left that night with two other women, who wanted to walk out with me for the “buddy system.”  Which I highly recommend, by the way.  I made sure I was looking around and watching for possible problems.

 

The next morning, I was downtown, in the parking garage.  I had gone down in the elevator, when I realized I wasn’t sure I had locked my car.  I got back in the elevator.  As soon at the door opened at my floor, I stepped out of the elevator, pointed my key-fob at the car and pushed the button.  BEEP!  Oh, cool.  It was locked.  I turned around quickly to get back on the elevator and much to my surprise was face to face with another person!

 

That woman, dressed in a security guard uniform, had been at the elevator all along, waiting to get on.  I had been so focused on quickly checking that my car was locked that I stepped out of the elevator, to my right without ever looking to my left (which is where she had been standing)!  And… my hands were full of stuff!

 

That could have been a deadly situation if it had been a “bad guy.”  Point taken, lesson learned.  I need to be more aware of my surroundings.  How about you?

 

 

 

*Pam Horton is a Certified Stress Management Coach.*

 

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