The Basics of Self Defence

Today, we’ll cover the basics of self defence. I would highly recommend that you watch the accompanying video to this blog post.

You can learn how to block, dodge and cover but you can save yourself a lot of hassle with preemptive strikes.

The Preemptive Strike

A preemptive strike is reasonable in the face of law and is carried out under the assumption that an assailant is about to attack. If an aggressor approaches you, it is legal to stamp down on his knee prior before he makes contact. That way, your longest weapon (your leg) attacks the closets target (the aggressors knee).

Maybe, you wist to land a preemptive strike with a single punch. To do this, you must know how to hold a proper fist.

Holding a Proper Fist

A proper will not result in a dislocated thumb or a broken wrist. Your thumb locks the fingers in and your wrist remains flat. A proper fist should be held so tightly that the knuckles turn white.

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Safer Walks to School

In our last post, we discussed the importance of embowering children. This piece is about empowering the parent. In this post, the parent will learn to plan routes and encourage the child to report threats. We do far more than helping children to have safer walks to school.

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Important Notes

This content is not just applicable for walks to school. It can be applied to any trip your child may take. For example, trick or treating, Christmas caroling and walking to grandmas house. You will not become an over protective parent by viewing this content. You will have more piece of mind.

Avoid Names on Clothing

A child will not figure our that an adult has identified their name based on their clothing or back pack. If a school or sports club argues that names on clothing is mandatory, complain and cause a fuss over the matter. It’s a massive safety hazard.

Mapping the Route

Sit down with your child and map out the safe route. You may even wish to go for a walk with your child to ensure he or she knows the correct direction. The route should contain very few road crossings. Safer road crossings include pelican crossings and zebra crossings but these do not guarantee full safety. The route should contain high visibility and  no allies or dark spots.

Safe Houses

Safe houses are the homes of trusted friends and family. For example, grand parents, uncles and close friends. These are places where a child can run to if he or she gets into trouble.

Calling for Frinds

To build on the “safe houses” philosophy, it is ideal for your child to call for friends on the way to school. That way, it will be mandatory for him or her to stop at safe houses on the way. Furthermore, the more friends your child walks with, the safer he or she will be.

Code Words

Code words are a powerful tool for identifying safe adults. Simply come up with an obscure code word with your child. Your child must learn to keep this word secret. The only people who should know this code word are those you trust. Therefore, if a neighbor picks your child up from school in an emergency situation, the neighbor can recite the code word and therefore demonstrate that he or she is to be trusted.

Good code words should contain numbers too. for example, “lemon48” or “tiger92.”


Empower Your Child to be Safer

52% of abductions are carried out by someone that a child knows. Therefore, the stranger danger concept is flawed. I want you to empower your child to be safer. The advice outlined in this post will help your child to be safer, develop their confidence and build their independence.

Saying No

We often teach children to say “yes” to us on a regular basis. Yes to vegetables, yes to switching off the television and yes to going to school. It is for their own good but a child need the opportunity to say no.

Every now and then, it is good to give a child yes and no choices. For example, “would you like chicken for dinner tonight?” Answering no to such a question is not a sign of disobedience but it does help your child to feel more confident and independent.

Never force your child to cuddle you when he or she doesn’t want too. Encourage a child to say no to what he does or doesn’t want.

Empower children because they need to know that they can say “No” to being touched, being cuddled and being kissed. You know why this is so important in this day and age.

The Family Meal

Conversation empowers your child. Eating a meal together as a family is a joyful tradition that builds a child’s communication skills. If also signals the parent whenever something is out of the ordinary.

In Closing

Teaching your child to say no is essential. Saying “no” is a life saving skill that very few children posses these days. Empowering your child to communicate more is essential for his or her confidence and independence. The family meal is not only a bonding session but a way for you to figure out if something is wrong.

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Securing Your Home

Securing your home is the pro-active step to keeping your family safe. If you remember, last week I released a video called “How to Deal with a Home Intruder.” The lessons in that video were so valuable but is there a way of preventing an intrusion in the first place?

This video is a preemptive strike on intruders. It’s called “Securing Your Home” and it teaches you how to limit the odds in having an unwanted visitor.

Securing your home is the first line of defence against burglary. When done effectively, a home owner will drastically reduce his or her chances of being a victim to this crime.

Start with Your Garden

If a home owner has a broken shed lock, it demonstrates of how low security may be on his or her priority list. It isn’t sensible to leave out any tools or to leave toys scattered on the lawn. A garden must be tidy.

Further more, a home owner should keep the garden trimmed. A burglar would see long grass and bushes as ideal hiding spots. A burglar would look for ideal brake in areas so tree branches should be cut away from the windows.

Shadows are a great indicator of how secure the garden is. The less shadows that one can see, the better.

Is Your Home Tidy?

Messy rooms are unpleasant to most people but for a burglar, they are like shop windows. The more untidy a living room is, the more the burglar wants in!

Outdoor Security

A light that automatically switches on when people pass by is a fantastic addition to anyone’s home security. Furthermore, security cameras are now cheaper than ever and can link directly to your smart phone. It is possible to pick up hidden cameras which are embedded into garden ornaments. It is important to ensure that cameras are positions at all entry points.

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Door and Windows

Patio doors are easy to break into. A burglar will simply need is a basic crow bar. Strong wooden doors are ideal. The best lock is a bolt lock. The more insertion points the bold lock has, the better.

Security fittings can be attached to doors and windows that triggers a bell when they are opened.

Burglar Alarm

A person may place burglar alarms may be placed in various locations around the house. Ideally, the person would place these alarms in the living room, the kitchen and all downstairs passages.

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