With some reading and research, you can greatly
increase awareness. Whether it is a list of
do's and don'ts or stories of other people's fortunes
and misfortunes, you can learn from the information and their experience.
Increased awareness and you will become much less of a target. Predators are not looking for a fight bit easy pickings, if you look switched and confident, it's less likely that you will become that target.
It is easier said than done but if you can avoid being in a vulnerable situation in the first place then you are far less likely to get attacked. Some of the information that you read or hear will be obvious, even common sense, however, what may seem obvious to you may not be to others so never be shy in passing good information on to others.
Don't only be aware of potential situations that are going on but be aware of your immediate surroundings. In different locations, your level of awareness can change. Sitting at home behind locked doors, you can usually afford to beat a low level of alert. When you step outside into the street, that level of alertness may need to elevate a little. When you go to an area that you are not familiar with or you know there is a likelihood for trouble in this area, then you need to be on maximum alert, looking out for people, strange movement, strange actions.
People in many occupations, expect danger as part of their line of work. For example Military, Police and Security professionals. They often have different states of awareness depending on where they are. They have to switch there level of awareness fromvery low to very high depending on the situation. A similar system could be adopted by everyday people to help avoid or prevent potential situations from occurring.
Many jobs that involve dealing with people carry a potential for danger. Nurses, teachers and Probation Officers to name a few. One occupation that is often overlooked as becoming dangerous is being a Realtor, I have heard many horror stories that could have been prevented with some simple safety precautions being taken. Often times, Realtors must meet with people that they do not know in very isolated areas. That person they are meeting with, could really be anyone!
The bottom line would be to simply adjust your level of awareness according to the location that you are in.
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I will be covering many of these areas. The first article will cover the need
to have the belief in yourself that you can be effective in Self Defense
regardless of your size and strength.
By Malcolm Bale - 2nd Degree
Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu
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