Martial arts is not the only things you need to stay safe. Martial arts are a great way to learn to defend yourself, and it is a great way to gain confidence. However, don’t just lean on your martial arts, you have to be situationally aware.
Speaking as a woman and as someone who has been attacked more than once. Martial arts gives you confidence, conditioning, and the ability to either incapacitate, or damage the attacker. But lets not just depend on that. lets try to keep ourselves away from the possibility of attack.
Unfortunately people attacking people is happening, and will continue to happen. To bury your head in the sand and hope that all will be well will not help you in an emergency situation.
If we can teach people to avoid actions that might make them vulnerable, then we can at least mitigate some of the possibility. Now I am not saying that following these guidelines will completely save you, but it can help.
Guidelines For Staying Safe:
- Be situational aware – be aware of your surroundings, make sure you are not preoccupied with your phone, keep an eye on door ways. Make it a habit to know what is going on. If you have red flags about the way some person is looking or acting, then listen to your gut.
- Trust your gut – if you feel like something is wrong, or off just don’t stick around.
- Run toward safety – run toward more people, there is more chance you can get help that way than if you run to less populated area
- Stick to routs that you know when running – This is helpful because you know the area. Also if by chance you are abducted your friends and family will know where you were, and where you tend to run.
- Tell your friends/family when you go out on your own – letting them know you are going, and when and where you will be is helpful.
- Park in safe areas – Make sure you park in well lit areas. If people can see you and your car easily attackers are less likely to attack you.
- Lock your door behind you – always lock your door behind you.
- Don’t be afraid to speak out – Yell, scream, tell the person to get away from you. I know society makes us fear rocking the boat, making noise, or being unnecessarily loud. Even I had that reaction when one of my trainers told me that she tells, women especially to yell out, if a person is getting to close.
- Aim for vulnerable spots – If you are attacked, aim for knee joints to stop them from running after you, sides of torso to hurt their vital organs, eyes, head, neck and hands.
- Call 911 if you think you can’t get away and Call your loved ones as soon as you are safe. – Don’t be like most women and even men afraid of telling people. Afraid that you are rocking the boat. Afraid that what you perceived may not be a threat.
You may be wondering why I bring it up. Well I had a red flag day myself, and it got me thinking about how we should all help each other stay safe. I was not comfortable in that situation.
Monday 09/28/2020: 35 minute workout 1 mile run and lower body
I woke up in so much pain this morning. My scoliosis is acting up. So I stretched and took care of myself the best I could. Then I got my butt out of the door.
I mentioned this pain in my video. However, when this happens my disks move and my nerves get pinched. Muscles spasm and all of this combined makes my hands and fingers go numb. If it stays that way my hands are numb on top of screaming nerves in my hands and arms. So yeah not fun. But I have lived with this and I see my Chiropractor/DR.
I had many opportunities to make excuses and sit on my butt on the couch. But I decided to do what could today, not wallow in my pain and upset, and and be kind to myself. I only wish to help my friends and family learn how to work around chronic illness or pain.
As I have heard other people say. I have __________ it does not have me. I have scoliosis it does not have me. 👏
Anyway here was my workout avoiding extensive neck and shoulder movements:
1 mile run (did this to see how my back would do).
lower body : 50 seconds on 10 seconds rest between each
A) curtsy lunge
B ) reverse lunge
C) squat with front kick
D) lateral lunge with toe tap (r)
E) lateral lunge with toe tap (l)
F) single leg dead lift with toe tap (r)
G) single leg dead lift with toe tap (l)
H) kick back with lateral raise (r)
I) kick back with lateral raise (l)
J) squat jump with pulse
K) curtesy lunge+ pulse + knee tuck (r)
L) curtesy lunge+ pulse + knee tuck (l)
M) squat with side kicks
N) squat pulses, (about 5 pulses per squat)
O) Rainbow glute activation kicks (r)
P) rainbow glute activation kicks (l)
Q) fire hydrant lifts + kick (r)
R) fire hydrant lifts + kick (l)
S) reverse lunges
Woot I did it. My meds are kicking in and hopefully I can head this knock pain off.
Tuesday 09/29/2020: 1 hour of Muay Thai training
I love it when I get to learn a new combo that I love, or that just clicks right away for me.
Tonight we learned a new combo that did just that. It’s just a simple Jab, Lead Hook, Cross, Lead Hook, Rear kick. I love the change in weight distribution, and how it flows. Now I just need to practice it more and make it smooth like butter. Thank you Khun Kru Krysta.
Training: jump rope 10 minutes before class, jumping jacks and push ups for active recovery between rounds
1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
2) held pads for H
3) Jab, lead Hook, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
4) held pads for H
5) Jab, Chain Hook to Lead Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
6) held pads for H
7) Parry incoming Jab, High Elbow Cover the incoming Hook, and simultaneously Jab opponents face, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead KickVariation:Parry incoming Jab, Wedge block Wide hook, Simultaneously Jab, the return Overhand, Uppercut, Cross
8 )held pads for H
9) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear KickCross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick
10) held pads for H
Training is training, and often times it repetitive and you have to just focus and work through it. But sometimes it is extra fun when you find a drill you love. Yay!
Wednesday 09/30/2020: 2 mile run, 20 minute Calisthenics workout
So today was not a normal day of working out for me.
Be situationally aware, protect yourself and run toward safety. I was running and two guys in a construction truck slowed down to a stop in on the side of the road I was on, had windows down, watched me run. They waved, and I waved back just to be nice. No traffic around, they both watched me run by, then when I was about to turn the corner the did a u turn and I did not stay to see what they did next, I ran faster and into a neighborhood.
Regardless, stay vigilant, stay situationally aware, and always listen to your gut. Even if those little voices in my he back of your head says, “stop overreacting, and being so dramatic.”
Anyway I did a 2 mile run first.
Then I did a calisthenics workout off the word DANGER. I will add my alphabet calisthenics picture so you can do your own workout too, if you want.
Calisthenics: done in a superset, 3 rounds of each exercise
D) 30 seconds plank + shoulder touches
A) 30 star Jumps
N) 15 Jump Lunges
G) 15 Burpees
E) 15 Pushups
R) 30 Crunches
Thursday 10/01/2020: Muay Thai 1 hour and 15 minutes
What a great day of training today. We started out will a Thai technique demo. We all lined up and were instructed to show Thai techniques. My classmate Shahed got a new rank! Woot!
I was tired today but pushed through. I am glad tomorrow is a rest day for me though. I am body tired. I jumped rope and shadow boxed to warm up before class.
Thank you Khun Kru Krysta for a great class.
Training: jump rope to warm up
Jumping jacks, squats, and pushups in between rounds for active recovery 1) Technique demo
2) Jab, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick
3) held pads for H
4) Jab, Hook, Cross, Hook, Rear Kick ( I worked this South Paw)
5) held pads for H
6) Jab, Hook + Chain Elbow, Rear Elbow, Rear Knee, Rear Kick
7) held pads for H
8 ) Parry the incoming jab, High elbow cover hook + Jab returned simultaneously, Cross, Hook, Cross, Lead Kick
9) held pads for H
We stayed for 3 more 3 minute rounds
10) kicks both sides
11) elbows, knees, kicks
12) kicks 20 each side
Saturday 10/03/2020: 2 hours, Kali/staff training and Muay Thai
Whew what a day. Normally I write this up right after training, while I am eating my lunch, but I had to do it later on in the night. Why? Because I had the honor to be able to go to a friends beautiful intimate wedding.
So here it is. I went from martial arts training to wedding ready today. You can squeeze in training in you just have to work it into your schedule. And sometimes it means you are rushing but that makes life an adventure right?!?
1) equise drill with low backhand high backhand, and thrusts
2) triple Redondo with low backhand and high backhand
Muay Thai: Jump rope to begin
withJumping jacks, and squats for active recovery between rounds.
Today we were working on the boxing twenty drill. This was invented by my grand Kru Mossy, so my Kru’s Kru.
It was breaking down and the entire boxing twenty into chunks.
1) Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, bob and weave out
2) held for H
3) Cross, Bob and Weave, Hook, Cross, Bob and Weave
4) held pads for H
5) rear body block, lead uppercut, Cross, lead body block, rear uppercut, Hook, Cross
6) held pads for H
7) full boxing 20: Jab, Cross, Hook, Cross, Bob and Weave, Cross, Hook, Bob and Weave , Hook, Cross, Rear body block, Lead uppercut, Cross, lead body block, Rear Uppercut, Cross, Bob and weave forward to avoid overhand, return body shot, Hook, Cross
What an amazing day!
Knowing these tips can lessen the chance of an attack, and help keep you safer, but will not stop the attacks. Knowing the martial art you are studying will help you fight off your offender, incapacitate and or stop them from chasing after you.
After my run on Wednesday that raised red flags, my brain tried to rationalize what the men were doing. I spoke at length with my partner and he said that, “I should trust my gut no mater what, and in this case it caused no harm to do so. The repercussions of if I did not trust my gut and things got bad far out way my avoidance of the situation.”
Thinking back on our discussions I think he was right. Even if I were to scream out, “stay away from me” and embarrassed them and myself. That small embarrassment is a miniscule price to pay, if by chance you are mistaken about the intentions of another human, and they intend to harm you.
In this case I kept running, ran faster, and ran toward safety. I did not stick around to see what they were going to do, and why they might have U turned their truck.
I am also aware that no matter how much martial arts I practice, 2 against 1 are not great odds, and they can subdue me. Sure I might get lucky, and fight them off, but it is not worth the risk.
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