In light of the recent murder at University of Texas in addition to the string of sexual assaults in Austin, everyone seems to be scrambling to learn self-defense.
It pains me to say it, but evidently, people only learn the hard way. Frequently, I am asked why I carry and why I train so extensively. “I’ll just call the police if something happens,” they tell me. Well, what if you could prevent something from happening to myself (or others), rather than waiting and leaving it to someone else to clean up after?
My answer never changes. Besides for the fact that this is what I do for a living, I don't want to be dependent of anyone else for my safety or well-being.
With all due respect to our police force, choosing to rely on the police after-the-fact, is particularly frustrating. I’d even go so far as to say that it seriously annoys me, considering the ignorance it illustrates. Obviously, the police cannot be at every place at all times, so why gamble with your personal safety by solely relying on them following an incident?
First and foremost, the confidence that comes from knowing how to defend yourself lessons the chance of being a victim. Considering that we are usually afraid of things we do not understand or know how to do, a person trained in self defense gains the appropriate knowledge ultimately allowing them to overcome fear. For instance, many of my firearms training clients that have zero experience with guns are terrified of their weapon. After a little training they often realize that the gun is not the thing they need to be afraid of, but rather, the person that is behind it. What they also realize, however, is how difficult it is to shoot accurately without training. This both increases their drive to strive for excellence, increasing their confidence, but on the flip side, allows them to better understand the danger and inaccuracy of an individual who does not know how to handle a weapon.
Moving away from weapons proficiency, however, Krav Maga also plays a key role in heightening one’s level of situational awareness. This skill is in a sense, the first line of defense: with heightened awareness one is able to identify and irregularities in their environment and prevent an incident from occurring (with or without utilizing self-defense training). In fact, the more a person trains in self-defense the less likely they are to need it.
Just like being financially independent or knowing how to perform first aid, Krav Maga [self-defense] training is a form of self-reliance. It is a great thing to have a safety blanket, but ultimately it is better to be prepared for life and the different curve balls it throws at you.
Thank you for reading,
Tactical Fitness Austin