How To Make Your Self Defense Training More Effective

You take with you into combat all the good and bad habits that you have learned in your training routine. If your tactics in your training consist of high fancy kicks, wide movements, which require you to have a lot of room you will instinctively do the same when your adrenaline kicks in a street confrontation. That will seriously hinder you if you are fighting for survival in a confined area with furniture around such as a living room or bedroom. Your training should also focus on the mind/spirit as well. Self defense is 90% mental it does not matter how effective your tactics are, if you don’t train your mind for combat you will freeze.
Condition stimulus training is about making your training as real as possible so when your instincts take over in a high adrenaline stressed situation you are ready to use everything around you to your advantage and not be hindered by it. Your mind will also be familiar with the stimulus and you will not freeze. Many martial artists and practitioners of self defense programs become overwhelmed when their environment changes from a dojo setting to the street or a small confined area. Being in a room filled with furniture gives a martial artist the feeling of being closed in on and makes them feel that they can not move, so they stiffen. Being in this type of environment changes the way you are going to move or perform a tactic. It is completely different from movement in a dojo where you have much more space.
When you are threatened and your adrenaline kicks in you now unknowingly give 100% faith and trust to your self defense system that it will get you out of harms way. Remember you fight the way you have trained if you have trained in traditional systems you will most likely not use your environment to your advantage to defend yourself instead you will be hindered. You will focus on how you can not move and get tied up with objects in a room such as furniture because your training hasn’t prepared you for that type of stimulus. What you wear while training is also a big factor when it comes to being prepared to move in the streets. Many self defense training systems get practitioners to wear loose fitting clothing when they practice tactics for the obvious reason of being able to move freely. The downside of this is that when you move on the street wearing boots, jeans and form fitting clothing your range of motion is restricted. You will move much slower and if you are a female wearing heels will be off balance performing tactics because you have not trained yourself to move with heels on
The benefit with training this way is obvious, you give yourself more options, weapons and exits. Your mind is prepared and conditioned for the stimulus that comes its way when violence is presented to it. The more the mind is shown a stimulus the more it is accustomed to it and unfazed it becomes “normal” just like any other everyday event it has experienced.

7 Surefire Self Defense Tips Criminals Want Women To Never Learn.

Self defense tips for women. Are you at risk? What makes a woman a perfect target? Here are 7 ultimate techniques and weaknesses criminals who were interviewed look for to take advantage of you. These tips arent just for the busy holidays either. Its all about keeping your awareness all year round. Follow these tips and you can protect yourself from becoming one of this years next statistics. 

1. Coming up to my vehicle, did I look around – aware of who is near it? Am I walking my packages in a cart or carrying them in my hand? Criminals interviewed say they want to attack the woman who is walking alone and not aware of her surroundings. Always put shopping bags in a cart. This allows you ample time to react if someone is approaching you. If youre carrying bags, this renders your hands useless to protect yourself and gives a criminal a bonus. Remember the buddy system. Late night shopping always needs to be a girls night out affair.

2. Are my keys already in my hand before leaving the store giving me self defense protection? Again, awareness plays a huge part. Also, with a key in hand, it can be a terrific weapon if youre suddenly grabbed.

3. Am I talking on the cell phone fixing my hair counting my change writing in the checkbookand not paying attention? Paying attention is the key. Take care of all that stuff in the store. NOT in the parking lot, or outside of the vehicle.

4. Is there anyone loitering around my vehicle if so are they suspicious enough to making me go back into the store? Dont think your being silly. NO SUCH THING. Especially when your safety is on the line. If youre not comfortable with walking to your car, ask security to accompany you or if there isnt security available, a store manager will do it it is their job. Thats what they are getting paid to do.

5. Is my vehicle in a well-lit area? Is it easily visible to passer-bys? If I cant see my car really well, who can? Criminals say they do not want to be noticed, recognized, or slowed down in any way. If youre not easily seen by others at a mall or store, that makes you a perfect target for a criminal.

6. If I have automatic keyless entry, did I hit the unlock button twice making it easy for someone to get into my passenger side door? Get into the habit of opening just your drivers side door. New technology is wonderful when youre with others, loading packages, during the day. But, at night when your field of vision is limited, dont take any chances. Criminals are hoping that youll make their job easier for them.

7. If I am approached by someone no matter how much help I need, its OK to turn them down. Remember, criminals will do and say anything they can to gain your trust. DONT FALL FOR IT!!! If a stranger wants to help you with your bags, tell them no, thank you. If they still insist, tell them no again. Criminal interviews revealed that they will try to play on a victim heartstrings to get access to the vehicle, a purse, or for the vehicle keys – and move-in for the attack when trust is gained and its at least expected. 

If you are unable to load packages into your vehicle, ask help from the store they would be glad to help. Its their job.