Sep 15, 2016
Raise your hand if the first thing that popped into your mind when you heard the words “self-defense” was some sort of fighter’s punch, kick, spin, or throw. Come on… be honest. Actually, that’s exactly what happened for me. The source of the picture comes from my misunderstanding of the concept of self-defense… “What do I do after I am attacked? And for me, the answer involves some version of a gun-totin’, cigarette smokin’, Ray Donovon-type Hollywood tough guy who takes bad guys down with a single pull of the trigger, punch, kick or throw.
After talking with Tony Blauer, who schooled me for 90 minutes on the very nature of self-defense, that concept for me has been erased. What’s left in it’s place? All the things that a self-aware, tuned-in, situationally present person would do to avoid a confrontation in the first place.