Teaching self-defense for the past two decades, there’s one truth that stands out – trained, educated fighters are seldom picked on or victimized.
I’ve seen it repeatedly; people turning to self-defense training to escape bullying, harassment or victimization. They are tired of feeling threatened and vulnerable and, they can’t figure out why THEY are the ones who are repeatedly hassled. They develop the “Why me?” syndrome.
They take up combative training to prepare themselves for the next time they’re targeted by a criminal, bully or insecure mook. They start training and develop a physical and mental game plan for the “next time” they find themselves on the receiving end of a predatory situation.
Then something interesting happens. “The next time” never seems to come. For whatever reason, the incidents stop.
The reason is the Law of the Jungle at work. It’s an evolutionary process used by predators to evaluate or select a potential victim.
In nature, predators don’t select prey that are strong, defiant and superior. They seek out the lost, weak, sick, and meek. They look for someone who they feel superior to.
Human predators are no different, they also seek out (whether consciously or unconsciously) an inferior victim. They don’t want their job to be any more difficult, embarrassing, or dangerous than it has to be.
Taking up self-defense training won’t eliminate the possibility of a dangerous encounter; but it will dramatically reduce it and provide you with the tools to fight back.
**Angie M. Tarighi is the CEO/Founder of Women's Self-Defense Institute providing self defense training, education awareness & personal protection products empowering women to fight back against crime.