Presentation on theme: "Self-Defense Healthy Living, 2015. Q: What does self-defense mean to you? A: Self-defense means doing everything possible to avoid fighting someone who."— Presentation transcript:
Q: What does self-defense mean to you? A: Self-defense means doing everything possible to avoid fighting someone who threatens or attacks you. Self-defense is all about using your smarts — not your fists.
Q: What is intuition? A: Knowing or sensing something, perceptive insight, sense of something that is not immediately evident or deducible. *Trust your instincts!
Q: What is de-escalation? A: De-escalating a situation means speaking or acting in a way that can prevent things from getting worse *The classic example of de-escalation is giving a robber your money rather than trying to fight or run. But de-escalation can work in other ways, too. For example, if someone harasses you when there's no one else around, you can de-escalate things by agreeing with him or her. You don't have to actually believe the taunts, of course, you're just using words to get you out of a tight spot. Then you can redirect the bully's focus ("Oops, I just heard the bell for third period"), and calmly walk away from the situation.
Q: What is the most important part of self- defense? A: Reducing risk and prevention. Don't get into a situation where you could be hurt.
The National Council for Crime Prevention has some great tips-- Understand your surroundings. Walk or hang out in areas that are open, well lit, and well traveled. Become familiar with the buildings, parking lots, parks, and other places you walk. Pay particular attention to places where someone could hide — such as stairways and bushes. Avoid shortcuts that take you through isolated areas. If you're going out at night, travel in a group.
Make sure your friends and parents know your daily schedule (classes, sports practice, club meetings, etc.). If you go on a date or with friends for an after-game snack, let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return. Check out hangouts. Do they look safe? Are you comfortable being there? Ask yourself if the people around you seem to share your views on fun activities — if you think they're being reckless, move on. Be sure your body language shows a sense of confidence. Look like you know where you're going and act alert. When riding on public transportation (bus, subway), sit near the driver and stay awake. Attackers are looking for vulnerable targets. Carry a cell phone if possible. Make sure it's programmed with your parents' phone number. Be willing to report crimes in your neighborhood and school to the police.
1) You are going to visit a college you might want to attend. You have never been to the campus before so you’re following a map you printed out. Your cell phone is in your pocket along with your keys. It is two days after Christmas and everyone at the school is on Christmas break. The only other people on campus are some construction workers. Good idea or bad idea? How could you make this situation more safe and reduce risk?
2) You just had finals at an evening class, but you went overtime. It is 9:30 pm and you’re driving home. You need to buy pet food, so you stop at Wal- Mart. The parking lot, as usual, is full, so you park at the far end. After you finish shopping, you come out of the store, your hands carrying bags and your keys in your pocket. Good idea or bad idea? How could you make this situation more safe and reduce risk?
3) You are walking your dog. You see a car drive slowly into your neighborhood. It looks like the person in the passenger seat is taking pictures of your next-door neighbor's house. You go home and call the police tip line and give a description of the vehicle as well as the license plate. Good idea or bad idea? Note: It is always good to be alert. For all you know, the person in the car could have been a realtor taking pictures because your neighbor was planning to sell the house soon, or, it could be someone planning to break in while your neighbor goes on vacation. Remember, always pay attention to your surroundings and be alert!