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Basics and Awareness
Awareness is the first key to any situation where conflict can arise. Whether in a sports arena, on your way to your car, or in a busy subway, an attacker can defeat the greatest practitioner of any art if they are not aware of their surroundings. As a martial artist, learning to be aware of all of your surroundings is key. Also, learning to have awareness of specific attacks from an opponent is also crucial in overcoming a situation. By neglecting to develop your awareness you leave yourself open to anything, anyone, at anytime.
When crossing the road, we are all taught to stop, look, and listen for oncoming traffic. Why should your personal safety from the threat of a mugger or robber be any different? Attempt to guess what individuals are doing or thinking.
Watch for odd behavior.
Determine where you would go for cover from explosions or gun fire.
Find the closest two exits.
Determine whether or not someone is following you or taking an unusual interest in you.
These tips become very hard to accomplish if you focus in on any one specific thing. That includes looking at your phone, the ground, Learning to take in your entire surroundings while picking up specific details is a good skill to acquire. without it, the danger of threat grows exponentially.
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