I am constantly reminded by events that happen, that the keys to effective Self Protection have little to do with actual physical fighting skills. Do we need the fighting skills, absolutely! However, if you practice the following three things, you can certainly keep yourself out of a lot of trouble.
- Practice good Situational Awareness! Look around, keep your head on swivel and look for pre-incident indicators. There are usually warning or danger signs that precede an attack. Do you know what they are and have you honed your abilities to see these signs. Remember and practice Colonel Jeff Cooper’s Color Code system of Mental Readiness.
- Maintain Distance or Space between you and a potential adversary. If not distance, find an obstacle or barrier at get behind it. Most trainers describe the reactionary gap as 6 feet or more. If you can not maintain this gap, then get your hands up and prepare for a potential assault.
- Always look for an Escape Route. Again, put you head on swivel, if you can find an opening to disengage, take it. There is nothing wrong with running away and seeking a better tactical position.
Simple enough: Situational Awareness, Maintain Distance or Space, and look for Escape Routes. These are all skills that can be trained daily. Train effectively and often and remember to always pay attention!