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1 Sep 2020

The 5 Don’ts of personal protection

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The things we should not do are often more important than the things we should do when it comes to our safety. Following on from last week’s column on the five dos, I would like to wrap up with what I believe are the five most important things we should not do. As mentioned previously, there...
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1 Sep 2020

The five Dos of personal protection

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In personal protection they can be the difference between life and death. Our lives are governed by rules from the moment we are born, which are there for a multitude of reasons – some important, some a waste of time. But in personal protection they are the difference between life and death, especially if you...
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1 Sep 2020

Fit or unfit to fight?

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So, do you need to be fit to be able to fight? Or is that simply the wrong question? Over the past few weeks we have spoken about various layers of safety and how the more layers you have the less attractive you are to would-be criminals. Another possible layer or deterrent is being in...
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1 Sep 2020

Layers of safety – boundaries and self-worth

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Where is your ‘line in the sand’? When do you say, so far and no further? Following on from the last few columns on layers of safety, I would like to wrap this subject up for now by chatting about what I feel is probably the most important layer before we get to physical techniques,...
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1 Sep 2020

Layers of safety – positioning

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This simply means do not go where you know you should not be ….. Let’s be honest: to say don’t go where you shouldn’t nearly means, in our country, locking yourself in a concrete bunker and hoping for the best. However, there are positions and places from where an assailant can and probably will more...
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1 Sep 2020

Self-defence course … fact or myth?

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Self-defence courses: do they effectively exist? I don’t think so. During a recent INpowered program, I told the group that self-defence courses you can believe in are like unicorns or pink elephants. You see them in movies and read about them in books, but they don’t exist. One of the ladies looked at me defiantly...
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1 Sep 2020

It’s a choice

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There are only three human reactions to any life-threatening situation! One evening in December 1994 a friend of mine was getting her washing off the passenger seat of her car when the door opened, a man put a knife to her throat and said, “Move over or I’ll kill you.” She moved over into the...
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