From a self-defense perspective, Abduction
Defense looks like some physical things that
you would do to the attacker. These physical
things are typically taught from the perspective
of &quot;Stop him! No matter what it takes, you
do it, otherwise you will end up dead, or worse!&quot;
To most people that sounds like a reasonable
statement. The reality is, that is not a
reasonable statement. For many people the approach
of &quot;Stop him!&quot;, is not reasonable. If you take that approach, and live, you will probably
end up with sever injuries and memories.
The reason I say that is because you cannot/should not
assume that you can go toe-to-toe with some stranger
on the street. You do not know what their training is.
You may hit your attacker with everything you've got
and have no effect what-so-ever. That is assuming that
your attacker is about your same size. What do you
think your chances are against someone much larger
than you are?. All of that does not even include those
who are drunk or on drugs... They will not even feel
it until tomorrow.
Those are the reasons why self-defense is not taught
at Self-Protection Essentials. Shinyu Gushi, one of
the Okinawan Karate masters (Uechi-ryu karate 9th
degree blackbelt), taught that &quot;If you ever find
yourself in a fair fight,
you have no one to blame but yourself.... Cheat!
&quot; His main interest for his students was that
we be able to &quot;go home for dinner.&quot; As a result of his influence in my life, I teach the
same thing. I want you to &quot;go home for dinner
To that end, I want you to Get M.A.A.D.D.D.:
Mindset: have an orientation towards your own survival
and vitality. This enables you to refuse to be a victim.
Awareness: knowing what is in your environment and
understanding the changing dynamics of the things
going on around you.
Avoidance: Everyone is aware that there are people and
places that are “hazardous to your health”. Just like
you cannot judge a book by it's cover, that is also
true about people and places. I'll not tell you to not
go to places or be with people that increase your
risk. I do encourage you to take a moment to think
thought a few &quot;what-if's&quot;Actually, it is the &quot;What If's&quot; that Avoidance is all about.
De-Escalation: You could consider de-escalation to
be &quot;making nothing out of something.&quot;
Defending yourself in the midst of that physical