In times of uncertainty, you can never be too complacent that your family will always be safe. Teach them how to prepare for an assault so they’ll be ready.
Prepare for Assault and Survive
In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to talk to and work with your family members on how to avoid dangerous situations, and how to protect themselves so that they do not become victims.
Politically, our country is divided, and protests that turn violent are expanding out of big cities and into the suburbs. More Americans are out of work and desperate for money than ever before in our lifetimes.
The current coronavirus pandemic has cut people off from important mental and physical health lifelines. Schools and vocational programs have been closed for months, leaving youths without resources or productive advancement.
There has never been more reason to worry about the safety of your family. And while the subject may be difficult to talk about, you will never regret having the conversations or making the time to practice with firearms and other weapons.
There are plenty of preventative measures that can be taken to help your family stay safe, including increasing awareness of your surroundings. Even when you have taken all of the precautionary measures, you can still come face-to-face with someone intending you harm – and in those cases, be sure the ones you love have all of the tools they need to make it out alive.
Train to Be Alert at all Times
Work with your family on keeping their heads up and being aware of their surroundings. With young children, you can even make a game out of noticing unusual circumstances or identifying exits.
- Stay away from dangerous or high-traffic areas
- Retreat immediately if you instinctively feel threatened
- Identify the exits everywhere you go
- Know where your family members are at all times
- Be able to contact your family members at all times
- Avoid large groups
- Blend in
Teach your family to put their safety first. Before they enter that barren parking garage late at night, retreat and demand a security escort. It is better to have and not need than need and not have.
Train with Weaponry
Carrying a concealed weapon is an excellent idea for everyone who can legally do so, but the most important thing is knowing how to use it. Whether you opt for a knife or a gun, either can be used against you if you are not completely comfortable and confident with it.
Carve out time each week to work with the weapons available to you. If your significant other’s workplace does not allow firearms, consider other options like pepper spray, strike pens, and tactical whips.
Practice shooting, drawing, magazine changing, and how you can still use your firearm in self-defense if it malfunctions. Work on accuracy and speed.
Train for Strength
Make health a priority, including regular exercise and strength training. At worst, you may be able to outrun your attacker; at best, you will physically be able to defend yourself.
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Ideally, committing to a self-defense or martial arts practice such as Krav Maga, Judo, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or Muay Thai that will teach skills and discipline, and is a worthwhile investment of both time and money.
In addition to learning how to defend yourself, everyone should know the main pain points: eyes, nose, and groin. Simple but effective techniques can bend and break fingers, and poke out eyes, both great defenses when caught off-guard.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Remain committed to practicing self-defense. Taking one class one weekend will not properly prepare you or your loved ones for the dangers that lurk out in the world. Dedicate time each week to training your mind and body, and practicing with weapons.
There may be nothing you wouldn’t do to protect your family, but you are not always around to protect them. Give them the tools they need to protect themselves.
How have you been preparing your family for a possible assault? Feel free to share tips on the comments section!
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