Many people take Self Defense training and think of themselves as “prepared” for any situation. Truthfully, if you train in our Krav Maga system at FearLess Nation, you will be prepared for any Self Defense situation that you get faced with. Here is the question that I have for you: could you defend someone else also? It’s an entirely different animal, when you have someone else to protect.
Self Defense is exactly that…Self Defense. It becomes a question of 3rd Party Protection when you hang out or walk with someone else. Learning how to walk with them, stand beside them, and protect them is invaluable. Let me paint a picture for you: you’re walking with your friend, and your friend is standing on your right hand side. Now, a gunman confronts you and threatens you with your life. If you do the standard defense, redirecting the gun to your right, you’ve just gotten your friend shot. How do you address that situation?
Okay, okay. What about this one: same set-up, you’re friend and you are walking, but this time, your friend is on the left. The gunman approaches again, but this time, the gunman aims at your friend, and threatens them with their life. Your standard gun defense doesn’t even begin to address the situation. Now, I am not trying to scare anyone, but I am trying to get you to open your eyes. Defending someone else is not covered in your standard Self Defense class.
One more scenario for you: your friend and you are out for a good night on the town, and suddenly, while you’re out, an active shooter begins to shoot up the building you’re in. Your friend, frozen in fear, doesn’t move or do anything. How do you safely get not only yourself but your friend out? What about the mass mob that is likely to develop out of fear? How do you also defend them against those people? Again, I’m not trying to frighten anyone or make you paranoid; I just want you to be prepared!
Take every opportunity to train in 3rd Party Protection! Learn how to defend the people around you, as well as yourself! I try to do as many seminars on the subject as possible, but there are only so many that I can fit in, so please, when you see one posted, don’t hesitate to take part. This is knowledge that could save the life of someone you love. Come see us in Trinity, FL, and see what it’s all about!
Today is a short post about Self Defense. I personally, and the reason I built FearLess Nation around it, believe that Self Defense is much more than hand to hand combat. I believe that Self Defense starts with hand to hand combat, but it most certainly does not end there.
Krav Maga is the heart and soul of FearLess Nation, but it definitely doesn’t stop there. Krav Maga is the BEST in Defensive Tactics for open hand combat against either open hand and weapon attacks. In the world of Self Defense, Krav is the most practical and efficient system. However, we have to be better prepared than just one answer. That is why, in house, we have our Krav Maga, CQC (Close Quarter Combat) and Combat Kali programs.
CQC offers up the offensive tactics to Self Defense. Truthfully, sometimes the best defense is a good offense, and you must be prepared to answer every question appropriately. Then we have our Combat Kali, which is the edge and blunt weapons tactics. The reason we have this program is because not every situation calls for a gun, but there are many situations that call for more than hand to hand combat.
Self Defense is made up of several avenues, and one should be proficient in, not one, but all avenues. Knowing how to shoot well, use an edged tool, use a blunt tool, and offensively and defensively fight hand to hand (and hand to weapon) is crucial to being good at defending yourself!
All in all, it’s about more than training; it’s about your mindset. You need to be prepared to defend yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually. You need to be prepared by training in all aspects. That’s why at FearLess Nation in Trinity, FL, we offer all aspects of Self Defense. We want YOU to be prepared!
“Excellent is an adjective earned, not given.” (Instructor Phil)
Today, I want to talk about the cost of training – the cost of knowing you can defend yourself. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t rank training as highly as they should, in their lives. Some others take the training they receive for granted. It’s a sad reality, but it is the reality nonetheless. Before we get into the cost of training, I want to discuss, shortly, the cost of not training.
People Who Don’t TrainPeople who don’t train run many risks. The greatest and most obvious is that they have a much slimmer chance of survival in a deadly attack. If someone were to approach them with a weapon and threaten their life, they would have no option but to submit, in hopes that they would be left alone. If they were to be jumped by a group of hostiles, like most civilians, they would likely turtle up and scream for help. If someone ‘this, that, or whatever.’ The point is that they wouldn’t know what to do with themselves.
Well, let’s assume it’s not just them. What if they’re walking with a significant other and they get jumped. Do you think they would know how to defend the other person, let alone themselves? For that reason, at my school, FearLess Nation, I’m hosting a 3rd Party Protection seminar (02/12/2015) for Valentines Day. It may be called ‘Self Defense’, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare to defend our loved ones.
Truthfully, we can even break it down to a surface level and ask about their self esteem and confidence. People who don’t train, whether they admit it or not, are unsure of themselves in the question of violent encounters – or worse, falsely confident. I know I was. Before I was trained to defend myself, I was terrified of the idea of having to fight off an aggravated, violent, potentially deadly attacker. Now, don’t misunderstand me; I hope and pray that I never have to test my skills, but I am confident that I could now handle the situation placed in front of me. That’s what it’s all about!
People Who Train Regarding people who train, there are three kinds:
Recreational Practitioners are the students who do it as a hobby. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean that they likely don’t take their training very seriously. It usually serves as a social venue and an opportunity for a sweat. Again, this isn’t a bad thing, because they will at least be getting the exercise; they are also bound to pick up the training over time.
Hipster Practitioners are those who train because it’s cool to train. They train because they want to be involved in something unique. Again this isn’t a bad thing, because they will inevitably learn something and get a great workout in the process. The only reason it isn’t ideal is because their hearts are normally not in it. For good training, your heart needs to be completely in it.
Serious Practitioners are those who train for the possibility that they may need to use their training one day. They are those who train consistently, often, and eagerly. These are the people who you hear about – the ones who make names for themselves at the schools they train at. These students are the ones who attend every seminar, camp, and any other training opportunity possible.
Cost of TrainingThe cost of training is something not often calculated. No, I’m not just talking about the monetary value of a class or program; I am talking about the time, physical punishment, mental drain, etc. I’m talking about the cost of patience, knowing that you won’t get it over night. The cost of healing, when you go home at night, treating your sore and bruised body. The cost of doing it all over again, before your previous injuries or pains have subsided.
The greatest students eventually become those who give back to the students below them. Understand that I’m talking about the instructors at your schools. Take myself for example. I have always been and continue to be a student. The day that I stop training is the day that I will stop teaching. A teacher who does not continue to learn and grow is no teacher, because that is no lesson to teach your students: “Oh, I learned it a long time ago, so I don’t need to learn anything anymore. I know it all.”
That being said, the cost of being an instructor weighs greatly, because of the balance between training and teaching. Our job is to give our students what they need, when they need it. Sometimes this means we need to hold back some of the crazy and cool things that everyone wants to learn right away. This goes back to the Serious Students. Trusting that patience will get you where you want to be is a difficult thing. Just know, ladies and gentlemen, that you’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. For those of you training at a serious school, you’ve only seen a piece to the puzzle. The rest is yet to come!
Always remember that it’s the Serious Students who stick around long enough that get to see what’s beneath the water’s surface.
I read an article about a man legally carrying his firearm on a bus. He had sit and listen, as a man who was less than a foot away spoke terrible things about the NRA and gun owners. He said things like “The murderous NRA and bloodthirsty gun nuts are causing our schools to run red with blood.” Meanwhile, the legally carrying citizen sat there with his lips sealed, knowing that speaking up to defend himself, and the rest of the red-blooded Americans who carry firearms, would only be made to look like the ‘bad guys.’
As a Self Defense Instructor who understands the place of guns in Self Defense, this makes me chuckle a little. It’s sad that people think this way about a tool for Self Defense and Self Preservation.
Everyone should legally carry a weapon on them, in the event that someone should ever threaten their life! Krav Maga is our last resort weapon, but before Krav Maga, we have other tools! At FearLess Nation in Trinity, FL, we put into practice our training with all forms of Self Defense tools! It isn’t a joke to us, and it genuinely bothers me, when people speak out against law abiding, legal gun owners.
Self Defense is Combat Training, be it on a Civilian, Law Enforcement, or Military level. If you want a chance at being able to defend yourself, you need to be proficient in more than just hand-to-hand combat, but in hand-to-weapon combat and weapon-to-weapon combat. Weapons include, but are not limited to: firearms, knives, batons, hammers, screwdrivers, hats, rings, etc.
Join us for Krav Maga or Combat Kali to experience weapons training, and feel more confident that you truly know how to defend yourself! The first step to knowing you can do something is trying it, so take the time to educate yourself. Visit your local gun range, fire a gun, and see that it’s no more than a tool. Come experience Combat Kali, learn to use weapons, and see that they’re no more than tools.
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