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Posted on 10-26-2014

Self Defense is a subject that can be approached from many directions.  Indeed, the best form of self defense is to avoid any situation that would call for it.  Unfortunately, avoiding trouble is not always practical.  Self Defense starts with good quality lock on doors and windows, and be sure to use them.  Don't display money or valuables.  Think twice about your actions as you do them --and before you do them.  For instance at 3pm when you park your car, think about what the parking lot will be like when you return.  Are there street lights? Is the neighborhood dangerous after dark?

Change locks on doors and windows when you move in to a new home, or when you lose your keys.  Have a good lighting system, especially at your front and back doors.  Don't leave duplicate keys anywhere outside your house or car.

The list goes on and on, but the point is to always be aware of your surroundings.  If you are aware and confident, your significantly decrease the chance you will ever be attached at all, which should be the real goal for everyone. 

This practical advice along with much of our teachings is credited to former IMAA Executive Director E.C. McGilvray.  More techniques and practical knowledge can be gained from "The Secret Worlds of Self Defense" by E.C. McGilvray.  

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