If I Have No Martial Arts Training Experience, What Can I Do to Defend Myself in an Emergency?

I recommend two things:

  1. Run from your attacker (if at all possible).

  2. Spray him (or her) with pepper gel if you can't escape the situation, and then run from him.

If none of the above works, here are some other things you can do to survive:

  1. Scream/yell.

  2. Kick, strike, slap, pinch, or bite your attacker.

  3. Pull his hair or dig your fingernails into his flesh.

Seeing that you've identified an arena of vulnerability (no self-defense/life-preservation training), I'd recommend you pursue such training. It matters not that you know nothing about self-defense now. There was a time when Tiger Woods had never even heard of golf. With dedicated practice, your skills will develop.

Take care, and God bless!


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A Note to All My Blog and Social Media Friends and Followers:

I've made it a point, over the last decade, to accept friend and follower requests from any who ask. I think I've "defriended" only three or four people in the last ten years and did so only because they posted inappropriate material to one of my walls or timelines. Thankfully, it's been several years since anyone committed such a breech of etiquette.

I write all this to indicate I have many "friends" and "followers," whom I do not know personally (yet!). Lately, I've been getting countless (sometimes more than 200 a day) messages from people I don't know. Please know this: I speak a brief word of blessing over each person who sends me a message, but I can respond directly to only a few each day. If I did not discipline my activities in this way, I could, conceivably, spend my entire day every day responding to such messages.

By disciplining myself to the above social media activity-limitation plan, I in no way want to belittle or disrespect anyone or hurt anyone's feelings. My hope and prayer is that, even if I don’t respond to your message directly, you will know I cherish you and pray you'll experience God's love and grace personally and deeply. Experiencing God is the highest Good anyone could ever experience. May each of you experience such Good through your pursuits of Divine Union with Jesus Christ, the Eternal Living God.

As always, may the Lord bless you and keep you…


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Mondays: Meditative Prayer

Wednesdays: Holistic Discipline

Fridays: Martial Arts Practice



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