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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Running in the Dark

Running is great exercise. It will increase your endurance, build muscle, strengthen the heart, and even improve your overall mood. Many of us can only find the time in our busy schedules to exercise in the early morning, or in the late evening. If you find yourself going for a run in the dark here are a few tips to make it safer.

  • Start with your gear. Following the rules of the road may not be enough for the traffic to see you. Consider wearing a reflective vest, or headlamp. You can find them at many safety supply stores.
  • Keep it quiet. As nice as it is to listen to your headphones while out on your run, this is not safe. Make sure you can hear everything going on. If you absolutely need some type of noise, try wearing only one earbud and keep it turned down. This way you can still hear the noises around you.
  • Carry your phone and ID. This is a great habit to get into even when not running in the dark. Having your phone is nice if you want to track your progress, or just need directions if you take a wrong turn. The most important reason to carry your phone is to call for help if you ever feel unsafe.
  • Lastly, always run with a buddy. Not only will you feel safer. You have someone to pass the time with, and help you in (space) case of an accident or injury. Running with a buddy will also help keep you motivated.

Not everyone can have a running buddy. If you must run alone, you should still have a sense of security. No one ever wants to be in a position where they need to defend themselves against an attacker. Take our online Personal Safety and Self Defense class today. This 4-hour course is designed to provide important safety tips and precautions for personal safety. The Instructor Preston Taylor has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, is a Police Academy Instructor, and a Defensive Tactics Instructor for over 15 years.  You can feel safer today.


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States Are Banning Electric Weapons for Self-Defense

The CEO of TASER International estimated that 70% of C2 Taser purchases were made by women. Despite their popularity for self-defense, five states and several localities have banned all electric weapons. These laws have a lasting and serious impact on women. Women who chose to continue carrying electronic devices as a means of protecting themselves can face jail time or large fines as punishment. For example, Jamie Caetano of Massachusetts was given a stun gun after an ex-boyfriend hospitalized her. When he returned she brandished the weapon and it worked to scare him away. Several months later Caetano was shopping and the store she was in was robbed. When police arrived, they searched everyone on the premises and charged Caetano for carrying the electric weapon. 

Caetano took her case to the supreme court and ultimately all charges against her were dropped but the Massachusetts law banning electronic weapons remains. Massachusetts argues that stun guns are not protected by second amendment rights because they were not in existence at the time of the constitution. However, electronic weapons are often safer than their early American counterparts.


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Does Your Company Have Your Best Interest In Mind?

There have been a number of assaults on Real Estate professionals reported on our nations news networks.  One such incident regarding a female real estate agent Beverly Carter is still making headlines. 

Carter was abducted and killed in 2014 after meeting a couple (Aaron Lewis and Crystal Lowery) who arranged a fake tour. The couple is currently incarcerated and serving 30 years and life sentences.

The victims family is suing her employer stating in a lawsuit document that “Crye-Leike was well aware of the life-threatening dangers Mrs. Carter faced in the real estate industry and had the duty to provide Mrs. Carter with the necessary tools, guidance, skills, information, awareness, consulting, training, support and technology to keep her safe. Defendants failed in this regard, and as a result, Mrs. Carter's life ended much too soon.”

While most companies have employee safety and welfare at the forefront of their minds, some safety aspects are often overlooked.  The Real Estate Industry has its share of hidden dangers and opportunities where an agents safety is compromised.

Certified training institute offers an online Personal Safety and Self Defense training program to help prepare you and your staff for the unthinkable. 

Course instructor Preston L. Taylor “PT” is a police officer with over 20 years of experience, and is extremely knowledgeable in the realm of personal protection and self-defense.

This online course offers self-defense tactics from the stand-up position utilizing gross motor skill (easy but effective) techniques as well as ground defense and ground avoidance (rape prevention) tactics which can be used anywhere in any situation. You will also learn to be aware of your surroundings and potential dangers.

Certified Training Institute also offers corporate discounts. Not only will you learn lifesaving skills, you can also claim course credits toward your state required continuing education.  Don’t wait until another agent falls victim to foul play, Be Prepared, Be Safe! Sign up today.

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Professional Fighter Teaches Self-Defense in Uganda

Professional MMA fighter, D'Juan Owens is teaching self-defense to men, women, and children in Uganda through his organization Fighting for Uganda. Owens has had extensive self-defense training not only as a mixed-martial-artist but also, as a veteran of the Marine Corps.

Owens chose to go to Uganda because sexual assault is prevalent and there are little consequences for perpetrators. During his first trip to Uganda Owens taught self-defense, grappling, and MMA seminars in schools, community centers, gyms, and a few private venues. The focus of these seminars is often on grappling. According to Owens, this is the most important form of martial art. Grappling can make up for weight disparities, allowing the victim to neutralize an attacker to get away.  After the physical portion of Owens' seminars, he leads group discussions about situational awareness, domestic violence, and common misconceptions of assault.

Owens hopes his training will help Ugandans avoid danger and build self-confidence. 


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Personal Safety For Men

Self-defense for men is an often forgotten but incredibly important skill men 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 it is best to talk your way out of a dangerous situation rather than resort to violence. 

  1. 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.
  2. In the case of an attack try to escape the situation. There is no shame in leaving a fight rather than becoming violent.
  3. 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 more harmful counterattacks only when necessary.

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Why Should I Learn Self-Defense?

 

  1. Improve Your Awareness
    Self-defense will teach you to read your surroundings. After completing a self-defense course, you will be more apt to spot and avoid areas where attackers could hide or you would be unable to escape.
  2. Improve Your Reflexes
    Even if you already understand self-defense and have a good sense of your surroundings, practice will improve your form and reflexes.  Once your reflexes are honed you will know where to step and throw your punch without thinking about it, saving precious time you do not have in an attack situation.
  3. Build Self-Esteem
    Individuals familiar with self-defense tactics often report heightened self-esteem. The ability to protect yourself and feel safe in most situations can do wonders for anxiety or low self-esteem.
  4. Get in Shape
    This one is a no brainer. Practicing self-defense is a terrific way to lose weight and gain muscle while learning valuable, life-saving skills.
  5. Protect Yourself
    Last and certainly not least, practicing self-defense and personal protection techniques will give you the skills to fend off attackers and avoid personal harm.

Self-defense is an important skill for everyone to have. Certified Training Institute offers online personal safety and self-defense courses in an easy-to-use, HD video format.

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Self-Defense Classes Upswing After Woman Fights Off Her Attacker

Self-defense class enrollment soared after Seattle woman Kelly Herron used techniques she learned in a self-defense class to fight off an attacker in a public restroom. The woman was taught to "be loud and fight like a savage" in her course and in real life, it worked. Herron was able to defeat her attacker and lock him in the bathroom until police came to arrest him. Since the attack, searches for the self-defence class Herron took have increased ten-fold.

Herron's attacker hid in a bathroom stall until she entered, threw her to the ground and attempted to assault her. Even with the element of surprise, Herron was able to use the skills she learned to defeat her attacker. His mugshot showed heavy bruising and a large bandage over his eye, a testament to the effectiveness of the skills she learned in class.


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