Top Reasons NOT to Take Self-Defense – Part II

In my last blog entry, I talked about some of the most common “reasons” I hear for not taking a self-defense course. Maybe none of them struck a chord with you. You may feel you have a legitimate consideration for not wanting to sign up for a class. Perhaps you do; let’s look at the rest of the Top Reasons NOT to Take Self-Defense:

“I don’t go to areas where that sort of thing happens,” and “I stay out of bad neighborhoods.” Rapists, muggers, and those who commit domestic violence disregard personal boundaries as a matter of course. ‘Think they’re concerned about staying within particular geographic boundaries? Crimes against women happen 24 hours a day, every day, everywhere. In major cities, the suburbs, and in the country… in “bad” neighborhoods and “good” ones. A high percentage of violence against women is perpetrated by a husband or boyfriend. So, it can be fairly easy to trick yourself into thinking that, because you don’t see any unknown men lurking in your neighborhood, you’re safe. The fact is that we never know for sure when or if someone might target us for an attack. I believe that we’re safest when we’re prepared–just in case.

“It would make me uncomfortable.” In my class, as in others, we talk about real-life scenarios. To do otherwise would be a detriment to the women I serve. We practice how to break a choke hold, which involves a partner putting her hands around the woman’s neck. We learn how to block a punch to the face and disable our attacker so we can escape. And we do rape reversals, in which a participant finds out that she really isn’t helpless when she’s lying down, but can inflict enough damage on a rapist to save herself–and her children, if necessary.

If you’re feeling uncomfortable, it’s not because of the idea of taking a self-defense class. It’s because you understand that there are dangers out in the world that you’re not prepared to handle. RAD classes empower, build confidence, and reduce fear. You get the camaraderie of other women and the excitement of learning new skills. Give it a try, and see how much better you feel.

“I can’t afford it.” Ah, this is a biggie, right up there with “I don’t have time.” And it is a valid reason for not signing up for a class–except for one thing. Many courses are free. Others are offered for a nominal fee. RAD Systems has the added bonus of being the only self-defense course with a Free Lifetime Return Policy. That means that, once you complete the course, you can take it again and again, as often as you like, anywhere in the world RAD is offered, for absolutely no charge.

I look at it this way: if a rapist grabs you and you don’t know what to do… how much would you be willing to pay at that moment for him to let go of you and walk away? A class will be much less costly. In so many ways.


One Response to “Top Reasons NOT to Take Self-Defense – Part II”

  1. One of the guys I follow on twitter twitted me your post. It’s a good read. Keep’em coming.

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