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Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Personal Safety

Self Defense 101: crime prevention and self-protection

Imagine these typical scenarios:  You’re walking down the street checking your phone without a clue of what’s going on around you.  Or you’re walking to your car in a dimly lit parking lot late at night.  These are scenarios where you could potentially find yourself in a lot of trouble.  Many of us walk around with the thought that nothing bad will happen.  And for many of us that is probably true.  But consider that a burglary occurs every 15 seconds.  And a violent crime occurs every 25 seconds.

At North Coast Defense Academy, we advocate preparedness.  Vulnerabilities exist, and it’s important to take steps to minimize them.  Because when the SHTF, will you know how to respond?  Will you know what steps to take that could save your life?

Why crime prevention courses are important

Self Defense Course near Cleveland AkronCrime prevention and situation response training provides real-world experience.  Why is that important?  In a high-stress situation, for most people, cognitive function shuts down.  The reactive brain takes over.  Fight or Flight sometimes doesn’t happen.  People FREEZE when they are so terrified that they feel like there’s no chance to survive or escape.

The only way to eliminate that fear is to train your reactive brain ahead of time.  The brain can’t tell the difference between a real event and a simulated one. So if you train your brain and your body now, you’ll be more likely to respond appropriately during an attack.  We equip our students with the tools and tactics to overcome the FREEZE by providing a synthetic experience.  Students get to feel the psycho-emotional stress of a physical attack with the relative safety of expert instructors on hand.

Don’t present yourself as a target

Think back to the scenarios we described earlier.  The ‘bad guys’ out there are looking for stragglers and people who aren’t paying attention to their surroundings.  Lions will look for the prey who has wandered from the herd.  Bad guys do the same thing.  The biggest step you can take toward improving your safety is being aware of your surroundings.  Walk with confidence and scan your environment for any potential issues.

Many people think self defense involves a bunch of slick moves or fancy karate kicks.  It’s much more than that.  It’s about being smart and avoiding dangerous situations to begin with.  We equip our students with the tools, targets and tactics to defend themselves.

What do you learn in a self defense course?

Crime Prevention and Self Defense Course ClevelandObviously every course is different.  We offer a few different courses, some that teach basic know-how.  Others like our Self Protection and Situational Response Training Seminar provide actual experience.  Our ‘attackers’ wear Spartan Training Armour and students practice defending themselves – remember, that the synthetic experience is what prepares you for real-life!  Some other items you’ll learn in a self defense course include:

  • How to avoid complying with the attacker
  • Understanding the mindset of your attacker so you are prepared
  • Basic steps you can take to defend yourself

This information is valuable to everyone.  You never know when you might find yourself in a situation where you need to defend yourself and get away quickly.

Have more questions about self-defense and crime prevention?  Contact us at info@northcoastdefenseacademy.com.