Best Self-Defense Strategies

Guarding the personal safety and security of you and your family doesn’t have to be difficult. Personal security expert Matt Tamas says that most people endanger themselves by a reckless avoidance of learning about the risks posed by the world around them.  Whether they are traveling, at work or at home, people often have a general feeling of invincibility when it comes to acknowledging the dangers they face.

Tamas says that maximizing personal security means you must be aware of what happens around you, you have to recognize threats and pay attention to body language. Knowledge is useless, he says, unless you act on it. Here are some of his most important recommendations.

1. Pay Attention

Keep your vision broad and external for people, places or things that may cause concern for your safety. Don’t be paranoid that someone is going to jump out of the bushes everywhere you go. Just be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be so focused on your cell phone, book, Tablet, IPod, that a potential assailant can sneak up without you knowing. Paying attention to your surroundings creates confident body language, and that tells potential attackers that you are aware of where you are and are constantly assessing the risks posed by the people around you. It signals you are ready to act if need be.


2. Focus on Your Reason for Life

Define your purpose. Identify what you are most passionate about. Define and clarify the reason you must prevail and win at all costs – your family, for example. Identify and acknowledge whatever it is that is so dear to you that a potential threat causes you to switch from the prey to the predator in a split second.  Let your caring and fear fill you with power. Channel this energy in to your life and motivate you to fight to protect those who depend on you.

3. Learn to Recognize Threats.

Know how to identify things that could cause potential harm. Pay attention to a change in the behavior of people nearby, or to movements that do not fit into a normal pattern of activity.

When you spot a potential problem, take action right away.  Walk fast, run, get into a location with people, contact a police officer, or get in a cab.

4.  Pay attention to your intuition.

If you get a queasy feeling in your stomach, pay attention to that inner voice that keeps telling you something isn’t right. Look for and focus on those signals carefully: uncertainty, hesitation, nagging feelings, curiosity, doubt, gut feelings, suspicion and the most powerful one of all: fear. Paying attention to your intuition the best way to protect yourself and your family.

5.  Keep your personal security system simple.

Install personal security systems for your home. Make sure to know how to use them, and arm your house when you are away or traveling.

6. Don’t rely on weapons and pepper sprays.