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DON'T LET IT HAPPEN IN THE FIRST PLACE--Part 1
by Lt. Col. Ridenhour USMC
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PARTIAL INTRO:

"I’m frequently asked by people after hearing of some horrific incident: “what should I do in such-and-such a situation?” As students who often attend our classes hear me say: “if possible, don’t let it happen in the first place!” While this may sound like a curt answer, 99% of the time it is true, however because of the influence of television, movies and other pop culture mediums, people have come to believe that self defense has to be something which requires years of training in some esoteric art or that an individual needs to possess a high level of fitness and physical ability. Nonsense! Self defense is not hard (at least from a physical standpoint) if derived from the correct mental stand point. Usually when people seek out advice from so called “experts” the advice they get is as profound and useful as the old refrain my mom use to tell me about "not eating yellow snow."

In this newsletter I’m going to point out some obvious advice. For most of you this is not new so the intent is not to reinvent the wheel but to highlight this mind set of “not letting it happen in the first place” and then build on it in Part II. I will discuss what you really need to be thinking about from an awareness standpoint. As stated in a previous newsletter, in all that you do, understand that no one can do anything to you unless you on some level allow it to happen. So for example, whether a person is throwing a punch at you or attempting to grab you, for the most part in order for it to work it requires your cooperation. In other words you have to make yourself available to the attacker for him to make his stuff work. This is why awareness is so critical in your martial development..."

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