Can you defend yourself?
In civilized society, we’re used to being able to dial 911 in the event of an emergency, and that seldom used protection is one of the most powerful things that holds a peaceful community together. The problem with this, is that its an assumed protection, and one that we rely on heavily. What that means, is that we work on the complete assumption that a call will result in a quick, near immediate response. That may well be the case, but can you really be sure? We’re living in a time when that may be more doubtful than it was for our parents, and their parents, and several generations gone before. The reason is the state of the economy. Police rely on money just like everyone else in the world to get by and provide their service. We’re living in a time of intense cuts. Of course, it seems to have improved on the surface since the collapse around 2007, but have things really improved, or are they simply appearing to be better?
The truth is probably somewhere in between. While once a shortage of police numbers was a minor problem involving recruiting and training up more, today we’re in a situation where authorities need to find the money for that to happen, and at times, it’s just not a possibility. That’s why, as survivalists, we need to be able to protect ourselves. There’s fierce debate about gun control in the US, and whether you’re pro guns or against, that’s not really the point. Protecting yourself and your family is about far more. Physical safety covers a much broader spectrum, and weapons are but a small part.
Before we continue, we do not advocate violence in any way. This section is purely about self defense, that is, being able to defend yourself from harm, loss of property and so on. If you have an intruder in your home, the chances are they’re trying to take something that’s yours and doesn’t belong to them. The ‘official’ advice is to call 911, but is that practical? As we’ve already pointed out too, response times may be slower than you might like, especially when danger is imminent, so what would you do?
In this Physical Safety section, we’re going to have a deeper look into how you can prepare yourself and be better equipped to deal with intruders in the safest way possible. Here’s a run down of the key areas we’ll be considering:
Martial Arts Training And Self Defense
This is a great topic for bettering yourself and becoming more prepared. It serves many purposes, but there are two clear advantages, one direct and one indirect. The first is the direct benefit, knowing how to get the upper hand against an attacker. Martial arts are almost exclusively about defense over offense, but there are times, particularly in a survival situation where you’ll need to be confident to not only defend your own well-being, but also bring down the threat of an attacker to eliminate the wider hazard to yourself, your family and belongings. The second is the indirect benefit, and that’s to be able to gain physical fitness, something that’s going to happen while you learn your art. There’s plenty more upsides too to this new skill, for example remaining calm in the face of adversity, and we’ll get into this in much more detail in future updates to this section.
How To Get Around Undetected
This is the section that conjures up images of becoming a ninja-like presence, quietly streaking through the shadows. More seriously, though, a big part of survival is the ability to avoid unnecessary attention, as you’ll be wanting to be in control at all times. If threats are possible from others – maybe in a time of scarce food supplies, you will want to avoid being found, as your own supplies could quickly become threatened.
Becoming invisible to others is a much wider topic than you might imagine, so we’ll be providing in depth analysis of what you can do to enhance your skills here.
Survival Weaponry For Emergency Use
We’ve left this until last because too many Preppers see this as the quick and easy fix to being prepared for attack. In a civilized society we all know that behavior breeds behavior, so if you carry a knife yourself, you’re far more likely to become a knife crime victim. The same applies without the rule of law too – if you’re visibly armed, you might come across as a threat to someone who would otherwise pose no danger to you. To put it another way, consider the fact that others will be preparing themselves too, just as you are learning to do.
We’re not suggesting that weaponry doesn’t have its place, of course it does, you wouldn’t send an army into combat unarmed. However, just like an army has clear rules of engagement, you should give careful thought to what anything you have in your possession is for, and never cross that line in the heat of the moment.