The idea of training in self-defense or martial arts first requires you to understand that there are people out there bent on harming you or your loved ones. Harming you physically, emotionally, or financially; or in combination thereof. Hopefully no one reading this ever has to be in a situation where self-defense is required. But that doesn’t mean you should not prepare. You have smoke detectors in your home to protect you from the threat of injury from fire. You wear a seat belt in your car to protect you from a possible auto accident. And you’re here now, reading this, and contemplating how to protect yourself and your loved ones from bad people that mean you harm. That’s a good first step.
There is a popular saying in the law enforcement community: “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” When that drunk threatens you in the parking lot after your date night or that thief breaks into your home in the middle of the night, the police are unlikely to be nearby. You need to take personal responsibility for the safety of yourself and your family.
When I think about basic self-defense, I think about the core concepts that cover the “Four Ds” and only one of those Ds is the martial defense you are probably envisioning.
- Dodge (, getting the heck out of). Avoidance is the first line of self-defense. Work to avoid putting yourself into a situation where you may be threatened.
- Deter. Discourage a potential threat from even thinking about messing with you by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences. Don’t be an easy target.
- De-escalate. Reduce the intensity of a conflict or potential conflict.
- Defend. Resist an attack or otherwise protect yourself from harm or danger.
In this basic defense section of WordenDefense.com, we’ll explore the core concepts and the four Ds and provide real-world solutions to help you form a foundation for the defense of yourself and your family.
Home and car preparations
Basic measures for family preparedness
The five Ts
When the hair stands up on the back of your neck
Talking your way out of a jam
Easy-to-learn defensive tactics when all else fails