3 Self-Defense Summer Reads

"What would you do if..." 

If you're anything like me, you tend to think ahead, running scenarios in your mind about how you would handle any given situation, good or bad. I do this when I'm waiting at the doctor's office, driving along a long stretch of highway or during any other relatively mindless activity. It's entertainment for me as well as a means of preparing for "the unthinkable" as recommended in the personal protection and self-defense training I've taken.

I've learned through self-defense training that the more you imagine yourself working through various scenarios in your mind, the better prepared you will be should they happen in real life. Your brain tends to "click" into gear, and your reaction time is faster, allowing valuable seconds to act and escape danger when it's had the opportunity to "rehearse".

The following books are highly recommended by Personal Safety & Self Defense instructor Preston L. Taylor.  Preston Taylor  (aka “PT”) is a police officer with over 20+ years of experience and a vast knowledge of personal protection and self-defense.

Within his course, he mentions the benefits of reading three books. Add them to your list of must-reads, to prepare for the unthinkable.  I'd say it's a "win-win" situation, you can never be too prepared.

 

#1. The Gift Of Fear - Gavin deBecker

True fear is a gift. Unwarranted fear is a curse. Learn how to tell the difference.

A date won't take "no" for an answer. The new nanny gives a mother an uneasy feeling. A stranger in a deserted parking lot offers unsolicited help. The threat of violence surrounds us every day. But we can protect ourselves, by learning to trust—and act on—our gut instincts.

In this empowering book, Gavin de Becker shows you how to spot even subtle signs of danger—before it's too late. Shattering the myth that most violent acts are unpredictable, de Becker, whose clients include top Hollywood stars and government agencies, offers specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including, how to act when approached by a stranger, when you should fear someone close to you, what to do if you are being stalked, how to uncover the source of anonymous threats or phone calls, the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person, and more. Learn to spot the danger signals others miss. It might just save your life. Amazon

 

#2. Survivors Club - Ben Sherwood

Which is the safest seat on an airplane? Where is the best place to have a heart attack? Why does religious observance add years to your life? How can birthdays be hazardous to your health? 

Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bound back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives?

The fascinating, hopeful answers to these questions are found in THE SURVIVORS CLUB. In the tradition of Freakonomics and The Tipping Point, this book reveals the hidden side of survival by combining astonishing true stories, gripping scientific research, and the author's adventures inside the U.S. military's elite survival schools and the government's airplane crash evacuation course.

With THE SURVIVORS CLUB, you can also discover your own Survivor IQ through a powerful Internet-based test called the Survivor Profiler. Developed exclusively for this book, the test analyzes your personality and generates a customized report on your top survivor strengths.

There is no escaping life's inevitable struggles. But THE SURVIVORS CLUB can give you an edge when adversity strikes.  Amazon

 

#3. The Unthinkable - Amanda Ripley

Discover how human beings react to danger–and what makes the difference between life and death

Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How will we react? What will it feel like? Will we be heroes or victims?

In her quest to answer these questions, award-winning journalist Amanda Ripley traces human responses to some of recent history’s epic disasters, from the explosion of the Mont Blanc munitions ship in 1917–one of the biggest explosions before the invention of the atomic bomb–to the journeys of the 15,000 people who found their way out of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. To understand the science behind the stories, Ripley turns to leading brain scientists, trauma psychologists, and other disaster experts. She even has her own brain examined by military researchers and experiences, through realistic simulations, what it might be like to survive a plane crash into the ocean or to escape a raging fire.

Ripley comes back with precious wisdom about the surprising humanity of crowds, the elegance of the brain’s fear circuits, and the stunning inadequacy of many of our evolutionary responses. Most unexpectedly, she discovers the brain’s ability to do much, much better–with just a little help.  Amazon


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3 Myths We All Believe

There are 3 myths we tend to believe when it comes to safety.

Myth #1. There are people whose job it is to protect me.

Know this, government alone cannot and will not keep you safe. A police officer will not be right around the corner in your time of need.

Myth #2. Nobody really pays attention to me or notices me.

Believe it or not, you are always being observed.  It doesn't matter if you are not attractive, overweight or old.  Assaults happen to anyone regardless of age, maturity or physical attributes. Regardless of your personal self-image, you are at risk of attack. It could be the sound of your voice, the fragrance you wear, your demeanor any number of things could be a trigger that attracts a would-be attacker.

Myth #3. Nothing has ever happened here, and nothing has ever happened to anyone I know. 

Things that "never happen", happen somewhere all of the time (complacency kills!) Fear is a necessary evil, just don’t let it control you.
You cannot rely on the fact that you live in a very safe area, you need to be prepared. You don't want to be afraid, but you must be aware and prepared for any situation.

 

How others see you will dictate how they respond to you.

  • Walk with purpose; chin up, direct eye contact (especially you ladies)
  • Appear confident yet approachable
  • Keep your appearance neat and tidy
  • Remain orderly; hands-free focused and persistent
  • Stay organized: ensure anyone you deal with realizes you are clear and methodical in your planning

Be prepared for the unexpected!  Learn this and more in our extremely popular Personal Safety and Self Defense course.  Instructor “PT” Taylor (with over 20 years experience as a law enforcement officer) will teach you the skills you need to learn to keep yourself safe at work and at play. The skills learned in this course can also be applied to the workplace. In fact, we’ve combined this course into our curriculum for Real Estate Professionals. To find this course for your industry, visit Certified Training Institute, then choose your industry and state.


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Trust Me, You Are Going To Want An ECD!

What would you do if you found yourself in a situation where you needed to defend yourself against an attacker?  Would you be prepared to fight or would you flounder? If you're like me, you've already visualized various scenarios and how you'd handle them. Look in your car or purse, do you have the means to thwart an attack if necessary?  Have you thought about getting a Stun Gun?  Trust me, you're going to want an ECD!  While a stun gun may not be for everyone, I'm going to tell you just about everything you need to know to help you make the right decision for you. 
 
What is a Stun Gun?
A Stun Gun (also known as an Electronic Conducting Device (ECD) is an electrical self-defense device designed to use high voltage to stop an attacker. There are metal prongs located at the tip which send an electric shock that quickly immobilizes the attacker. Stun guns are designed to key into the nervous system and send high pulse frequencies that stimulate the muscles to work very rapidly, but not efficiently. It depletes blood sugar by converting it to lactic acid within seconds, resulting in energy loss and difficulty of movement. The
 attacker becomes disoriented and confused, they are rendered passive for several minutes, allowing you precious time to escape. Just in case you were wondering, there is no significant effect on the heart or other vital organs. 
  

 

How long does it take to immobilize a would-be attacker?

  • One-half second of contact will repel and startle an attacker, causing pain and muscle contraction. He will usually let go at this point allowing you to run away.
  • One to two seconds can cause muscle spasms and a dazed mental state.
  • Over three seconds can cause loss of balance and muscle control, mental confusion, and disorientation. (Keep in mind that 3 seconds is an awfully long time when you are in a physical struggle.)

 

Will I get shocked if my attacker is touching me when I use it?

No, you will not get shocked, even if you and your attacker are wet or standing in water.

 

Will it still shock my attacker through a shirt or jeans?

Yes, they are designed to be effective even if used in an area that is covered by fabric. 

Do I need a special license or permit to own a Stun Gun?
It would be a good idea to investigate whether or not there are any restrictions in your State, for example, Rhode Island, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Connecticut, and Hawaii are states where they are restricted.  Check with your local police department. 
 
If I have Pepper Spray and a Stun Gun, can I use both at the same time?
It is not recommended to use both. Pepper spray is highly flammable, and there is a chance of setting the assailant on fire. 
 
What type of device is right for me?
There are dozens of options when choosing your device. Stun Guns come in a variety of shapes and sizes as well as voltage options. They can be disguised as a lipstick, flashlight, cell phone, canes and walking sticks to name just a few. Just do a Google search and you'll have no trouble finding the one that suits your particular needs. 

Once you've purchased the Stun Gun of your dreams, here is a 3 step lesson on how to use it.

  • Lesson One: have the weapon out and in your hand in any situation where you could be an easy target. I'm not saying to walk around Wal-Mart with a stun gun in your hand while you shop, but criminals look for easy targets or opportunities. If you're walking through the mall parking lot, a parking garage or alone, in general, you're a pretty easy target. If you're walking in these same areas with a weapon in your hand, the criminal is going to find someone else. Nobody wants a huge scene when they're trying to rob, attack or rape you.

 

  • Lesson Two: if you are attacked, pick a large muscle group to stun. The chest, the stomach, obviously the groin, the thighs and the back are ideal places to stun an attacker. These large muscle groups will bring down an attacker very quickly. Now, you don't have all day to make a decision, so if the face or neck is the closest body part you can reach, well, then it's just not his lucky day. Also, the longer you hold it on someone, the longer and more effective the stunning will be. One to two seconds will get their attention. Three to five seconds will get their attention, most likely drop them to the ground and leave them confused.

 

  • Lesson Three: take quick but detailed mental notes of the attacker and then RUN! Go get help immediately. If you've stunned the guy long enough to drop him to the ground, chances are it'll take some time for him to run off. And even if he does, you should have some details to give to the police. Oh and be sure to even call the police. Some people figure that if the guy runs off, it's too late. It's not. The guy with a few screws loose that just attacked you will do it again. And if you don't report it, then we can't warn others. And the next person may not be as prepared as you.    https://www.tbotech.com/stun-gun.htm

 

Now that you've learned a thing or two about stun guns, I hope you never find it necessary to use one.  Always be aware of your surroundings, educate yourself by taking a class on Personal Safety and Self Defense.   Always trust your instincts, if your gut tells you something isn't right, get out quickly.


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7 Personal Safety Tips For Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Professionals, in particular, need to be cautious of their surroundings.  Especially during an open house or private showing.  You can't avoid showing your clients their dream home, but there are certain precautions you need to take to ensure your safety.  Here are 7 personal safety tips to keep in mind during your next open house or showing.

  1. Arrive to your destination early and become familiar with the home and its surroundings.  Is it in a populated subdivision or in the woods or country setting where cell service is spotty?  Check various areas where cell phone coverage might be limited. This is good to know in case you need to make an emergency call for help.
  2. When parking your vehicle, be cognizant of exits and potential escape routes.  Always get in the habit of backing into a parking spot nearest the entrance. Avoid areas where your vehicle might become blocked.
  3. When your client arrives, ask them to allow you to go up to the house to make sure that the entrance was secured properly.  Once you've determined that the area is safe for entry, and checked your phone for a strong signal, you can direct your clients to enter the home.
  4. Clients should always be walking ahead of you. Direct them to where you want them to go and remain in a position where you are able to escape quickly should the need arise.
  5. Try your best to create opportunities where direct access to your person is obstructed. If you are showing a kitchen and there is an island or peninsula feature, remain on the side closest to your point of exit while the client is on the other. Never sit beside the client on a couch, but rather sit across from them while discussing buyer-seller negotiations or other paperwork.
  6. When showing the property, keep your dialogue with the client real estate specific.  Avoid personal conversation and details of your personal activities, schedules etc.
  7. Take a moment during your tour to mentally assess how this showing is going.  If you have a gut reaction that something is not right, it probably isn't and you should listen to your inner instincts.  If you have any concerns at all, take action. Grab your cell phone and check for signal strength. If the signal was clearer outdoors by your car, excuse yourself and politely explain that you need to call the office. Call another realtor to the location or cut the showing short and leave immediately. Usually, if the cell signal is not strong, the homeowners will have a landline phone.  Pick up the phone and call your office, using your predesignated signal or code phrase to alert someone that things are not right at this showing.

These are just a few of the many valuable skills you will learn when taking Certified Training Institutes Personal Safety and Self Defense 4 Hour CE Course. Real Estate Professionals, learn valuable safety skills and meet your continuing education requirements at the same time. Be prepared for the unexpected, visit Real Estate Training Institute, choose your State and take this class today!


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When Force Is The Last Resort

You have done all you can, and you are doing everything right, but some things are out of your control.

There are three primary methods of defense when force is the last resort:

1. Firearms
2. Stun Guns
3. Pepper Spray

Firearms. They are not for everyone. It is a huge responsibility!Make no mistake; your life will be completely altered once you use deadly force. If you do decide to use a handgun, find a gun store you trust, and that you can rent or practice with the gun. Try before you buy! Make sure the gun fits you! Make sure you are well trained. If you do find you have had to use a firearm as a form of defense, be prepared for a legal investigation. It is probably best to seek legal counsel.

Pepper Spray. Pepper spray is considered an intermediate weapon, therefore you must be justified in order to use it. Be sure to research and purchase a quality product. A stream pattern is best for outdoor use. It has a longer range of dispersion and is less likely to be disrupted by the wind.

You will know right away if it is working. Remember, no method of defense is 100% effective. Around 15% of the population will not be affected.

The primary advantage of pepper spray is that no one will be permanently injured. You will, however, feel the effect as some product will blow back on you.

Be sure to keep and carry the spray someplace it will be available. Keep the product out of extreme heat or cold. Pay attention to expiration dates.

Stun Guns Electronic Conducting Device (ECD). There are two methods of deployment:

  • Touch: very painful, but the pain is gone when the device is removed from the skin. It does not incapacitate the assailant.
  • Probe: sends out a fish hook type probe. These will stop an assailant in their tracks, but not knock them out.

You must have a permit to use an ECD. Finally, it is not recommended to use both pepper spray and an ECD. Pepper spray is highly flammable, and there is a chance of setting the assailant on fire.

Be prepared for the unexpected!  Learn this and more in our extremely popular Personal Safety and Self Defense course.   Instructor “PT” Taylor (with over 20 years experience as a law enforcement officer) will teach you the skills you need to learn to keep yourself safe at work and at play. The skills learned in this course can also be applied to the workplace. In fact, we’ve combined this course into our course curriculum for Builders, Real Estate Professionals, and other industries. To find this course for your industry, visit Certified Training Institute, then choose your industry and state.


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It’s Not Fight or Flight . . . It’s FREEZE, Flight or Fight!

It’s surprising what our bodies are capable of doing in extreme circumstances. Some responses are prewired into our subconscious. Often times we are confused by the body's reaction (or lack thereof) when dealing with extreme fear.

When you are attacked your body will immediately and without your consent, undergo a series of physiological changes. Some can be helpful, while a majority of them will not be seen as beneficial and with most people can even inhibit performance.  It is not Fight or Flight. . . it is Freeze, Flight or Fight.

When a sudden and violent attack occurs, the limbic system in our brain kicks into overdrive and puts into action a series of internal changes.

Physiological Changes

Your body will begin by pooling blood to your core. . . a protective action to keep ample blood available for our vital internal organs.

This pooling will cause two notable issues:

  1. Your dexterity will be affected: fine and complex motor skills will deteriorate.
  2. You may not notice a serious injury to your extremities until the danger or event has passed.

Physical Limitations

Fully expect the following to occur when under attack:

  • Hearing Loss - you may not hear a train going by, but hear a pin hit the ground.
  • Loss of peripheral vision - seeing only what is directly in front of you.
  • Your heartbeat, breathing and blood pressure may increase.
  • You may experience Colorblindness
  • Involuntary urination or defecation (yes, this happens more frequently than you know)
  • Your mouth may go dry.
  • You may feel like you are moving in slow motion.

All of the above is what often makes us terrible eyewitnesses when we are directly involved in a major stressful event.

One way to counteract these involuntary reactions is through visualization drills. 

A visualization drill is basically adult daydreaming.  Visualizing yourself experiencing an attack and successfully making it through the other end of it. The benefit of doing this is to put your mind through an event multiple times so that if it actually occurs, your mind will allow your body to respond better. “The body can’t go where the mind hasn’t been.” Says instructor Taylor.   Many studies have been done on this topic with Military Special Forces returning from Iraq. These visualization drills allowed them to function better in stressful environments or encounters.

Be prepared for the unexpected!  Learn this and more in our extremely popular Personal Safety and Self Defense course.   Instructor “PT” Taylor (with over 20 years experience as a law enforcement officer) will teach you the skills you need to learn to keep yourself safe at work and at play. The skills learned in this course can also be applied to the workplace. In fact, we’ve combined this course into our course curriculum for Builders, Real Estate Professionals, and other industries. To find this course for your industry, visit Certified Training Institute, then choose your industry and state.


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Safety and Real Estate Showings

There are many factors that can influence a seller’s judgment when selling a home, and safety may not be a top priority. Real Estate Agents, remind your sellers that total strangers will have access to their home! Before you show the home, they need to safeguard their personal information, take care of valuables, and eliminate any clues criminals may be looking for.

Picking a Hiding Spot

Get creative! Under the mattress, dresser drawers, and the freezer are NOT sufficient. You should have a safe for firearms, documents, and valuables, but remember it is an indicator of valuables. Don’t think the bad guys won’t notice what's in your closet or basement!

Liability

Ask your client to direct all inquiries to you for the safety of the property.

  • Do not show the home on your own.
  • Do not meet with anybody about the home; they may not be who they represent themselves to be.
  • Do not divulge information about the house.
  • Remove pets before a showing.
  • Be sure the house is empty before entering the house.

Realtor Liability

  • What if a viewer gets injured? 
  • What if you forget to lock up, and the home is burglarized? 
  • What if something is damaged or broken?

Each state has different laws, familiarize yourself!

During the Open House

  • Have a sign-in/sign-out sheet.
  • Ask questions to determine legitimacy.
  • Keep an eye on browsers.
  • Never provide information about the current owners.
  • Check all rooms for lingerers.
  • What will you do if you find someone?
  • Lock up! People may be waiting for you to leave.
  • Make sure someone is expecting you, make this a policy with your company.
  • Be wary of “pop-ins” and cars driving by repeatedly.

What you've just read is a snippet from Certified Training Institutes Personal Safety and Self Defense 4 Hour Continuing Education online course. You can never be too cautious when it comes to the safety and well being of your clients, family member,s and home. So when it comes to personal safety. . . Be Aware, Be Cautious and most importantly . . . Be Prepared. 

 
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Whether its Work or Play, Safety is YOUR responsibility!

Safety is Your Responsibility

Ultimately, we are responsible for our own safety at any given time.  Personal Safety and Self Defense instructor Preston "PT" Taylor offers food for thought regarding our own personal safety for work and play. Here are a few things to remember in any situation. 

While at Work

Your clothing and shoes should afford free movement and the ability to run/fight if need be. Be sure to always have a plan! And, someone should always be expecting you! Make an agreement with a co-worker, friend, or spouse to call when you leave the event. Have a plan instated for if they do not hear from you.

  • Use your cell phone as a tool, have it accessible.
  • Never allow a client to be at your back.
  • Familiarize yourself with the layout of the house: never let the client put themselves between you and the exit.
  • Position your car that allows for fast and easy escape.
  • Know your location!
  • Avoid basements, cellars, closets, even  upstairs.

While at Play

Have forethought in your plans. Make smart decisions and exercise common sense and use good judgment. Trust your gut, if a situation doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t do anything that would put your career at risk, remember that your personal life can and does influence your professional life.Be aware of your image through social media, interactions, and advertisements. Know that drinking and drug use can be an occupational hazard.

In the Event of a Physical Confrontation

  • Try to maintain distance.
  • Know your vulnerability.
  • NEVER let them take you anywhere!
  • Conserve energy, remain calm and continually seek a way out.

 

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11 Personal Safety and Self Defense Rules Of Engagement Everyone Should Know

11 Personal Safety and Self Defense Rules Of Engagement Everyone Should Know

Our minds can be very a powerful tool when it comes to personal safety and self-defense. Instructor Preston "PT" Taylor gives you 11 rules of engagement or generalized safety tips to remember for safe daily living. 

  • A winning mindset is the most important skill you bring to any potentially life-threatening situation.
  • Your mind and your mouth are the two greatest weapons you'll ever possess… Use them wisely!
  • Defensive tactics, like many physical skills, are perishable. Visit them often and they will be there for you in your time of need.
  • Remember to breathe. Your muscles and your mind will require a constant supply of oxygen during a confrontation. Constantly remind yourself of this!
  • The bad guy is just a man. He bleeds and breathes just like you! He's just a man!
  • No technique or weapon is 100% effective.  Don't be fooled into believing otherwise!
  • If you treat your body like a Chevette, don't expect it to perform like a Corvette!
  • The bad guy will not fight nicely or with any rules or reservation. Pay him the same compliment!
  •  Remember "Healthy Rage." It can mean the difference between life and death.
  •  The chances are exceptional that a police officer will not be right around the corner in your time of need… Always be prepared! This is not optional!
  • If you act like prey, eventually you will be!

Personal Safety is for everyone, every day!  You'll find this and more in our Personal Safety and Self Defense 4 Hour Continuing Education online course. 

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Self-Defense for Men

Self-defense for men is often a forgotten but incredibly important skill. Males between the ages of 18 and 25 are more likely to be attacked than anyone else in American society. Some men may feel pressured to engage in dangerous situations to avoid appearing weak but, any self-defense professional will tell you that it is best to talk your way out of a dangerous situation rather than resort to violence. 

  1. Don't try to emulate TV or movies. Most on-screen fights are nonsense. Assuming your assailant will behave in any way similar to an on-screen attacker is a good way to get injured. 
  2. Your first course of action should always be de-escalation. Try to speak in a slow calm voice. Avoid touching your attacker or standing with your arms crossed, these are often seen as signs of aggression.
  3. Don't let your ego run the show. Many men avoid de-escalation because they feel it makes them seem less "manly". Instead, remember the other guy is also a human. Try ignoring your ego and diffusing rather than furthering a situation where you both may be hurt.
  4. If these options fail, be prepared to defend yourself. Some self-defense holds can render your attacker incapacitated without causing long-term harm. If possible, start with less harmful methods and resort to the more harmful counterattacks only when necessary.
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