Unfortunately, crime and violence has become a part of our daily lives. If it isn’t directly impacting you, then it is on the news and social media. It is pretty much in our faces all the time. For many, this exposure can be debilitating, and may severely hamper their ability to live a normal, functional life.
In 2022, the official crimes statistic in South Africa revealed a staggering 69 deaths, 61 attempted murders, 145 sexual offences (including rape), 478 robberies and 912 assaults per day! This could mean that a person living in South Africa has 1,665 possibilities a day of becoming the next victim of crime (note: these are crimes where the victim is the target and often involves some physical altercation. These are known as “contact crimes“. There is still a host of other crimes that has yet to be addressed).
However, this isn’t an isolated problem in South Africa. Unfortunately, crime around the world has been on the increases. In some counties, this is to a lesser degree, while others are at a higher degree.
The fears and frustrations due to crime is a reality we all have to face.
Perhaps you are one of those people. And even if you think you are not, subconsciously there would have been some impact directly or indirectly on your life.
But let’s look at a life that is free from these fears or frustrations of crime. Without those barriers, you will be able to explore your full potential to live a happier, more fulfilling and a more active life. This is what I call a fully-engaged life? Don't you think living a fully-engaged life sounds appealing?
So how do you get from this life of fear and frustration of crime, to a position where you can be living a fully-engaged life, despite the crime and chaos around you?
The answer is training, and specifically self-defence training. Besides the obvious hard, physical skill that a self-defence practitioner will gain, they will also gain softer traits such as self-confidence, resilience, and discipline - traits that form part of what I call the ‘self-defence attitude’.
You may feel that you are too old, not fit enough, or not strong enough to do self-defence training. However, let me leave you with this very simple response – crime does not discriminate. It does not care about your age, gender, athletic abilities, race, nationality or socioeconomic status. It affects us all, and more so for those who feel they are too old, very unfit and physically weak. Like a predator in the wild, criminals will always look for a weakened prey to make a meal out of.
Many targets of crime become victims, not because they lack the capacity to fight, but because they have never had sufficient exposure to that type of violence or the training to deal with such violence.
The training required is not merely physical in nature, but also mental and emotional. The training required may be the most lethal means of self-defence techniques that may result in injuries and even death to either parties, and/or bystanders.
Self-defence training, in my opinion, has become a vital life skill, and is one that I believe everyone should have in order to function in this modern society.
Edmund Burke, a 18th century Irish political philosopher said it best, “Evil will prevail when good men (and women) fail to act.”
Now is the time to take action and learn self-defence and take back control in your life, and ensure the safety of yourself, your spouse, your children and the subsequent generations that will come after you. In doing so, not only does it benefit you and your loved ones, but it contributes to making society a safer place.
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