Awareness as a Self-defense Weapon

To have Awareness of your surroundings is the starting point of good self-defense.

In the United States today there are over 750,000 registered sex offenders, and it is my opinion that every woman and every child should receive some form of formal training in self-defense. 

Not all is about fitness. Staying safe should also play and important roll in our daily lives. 

Don’t let yourself be an easy target :

  • STOP texting while walking to your car, or in an empty parking lot. 
  • STAND in the back of an elevator after entering, and greet every person in the elevator cab or getting into the cab. 
  • LET any stranger be aware that you noticed him or her by nodding your head; also, make direct eye contact. For an attacker, the avoidance of eye contact is a sign of weakness -makes you seem easy prey.
  • MAKE sure your to use body language that makes it evident you know that person is there. 
  • WALK with confidence, tall and straight. Also, talk with confidence -saying Hello to a stranger is further evidence to an attacker that you are fully aware of his/her presence.
  • BE alert, always.

“Be Aware Now, to Not Regret Later”

Martial Arts. Not Violence.


As a martial artist and self-defense instructor, people ask me about why I like violence.  What they don’t know is that as martial artists we learn how to channel energy, develop control, and find balance, achieving in fact the complete opposite.

The fact that you can defend yourself from a physical confrontation is actually your right. 

In the United States, the stand-your-ground law is a law that authorizes a person to protect and defend his/her own life and limbs against an actual threat, or a perceived threat. 

The difference in being a martial artist is that you are trained and prepared to apply defensive tactics and combative attacks; in an extreme situation this ability and preparation can save your life. 

Definition of Defensive Tactics: 

Methods we use to deflect, intercept, or evade an oncoming attack.

Definition of Combatives:

Ballistic attacks we use to neutralize a threat. 


(With Matt Hughes)

A good example is Matt Hughes who, despite his abilities, remains calm and is soft-tempered outside of his practice.

For additional information, I invite you to also read :


Your Voice as a Self-defense Weapon