"It does not take sharp eyes to see the sun and the moon,
nor does it take sharp ears to hear the thunderclap. Wisdom
is not obvious. You must see the subtle and notice the hidden
to be victorious."
- Sun Tzu
"Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of
victory in the Attack."
- Sun Tzu
May 23rd, 2003
My wife e-mailed me this. She knows what I think
in regard to being prepared and self defense. I file this under
the worst case scenario handbook. Another book I highly recommend
is The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Both stress that being prepared
is the best defense.
TIPS ON STAYING SAFE...FOR WOMEN/MEN
Tip from Tae Kwon Do:
The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close
enough to use it, do!
Learned this from a tourist guide to New Orleans:
If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT
TO HIM/HER. Toss it away from you.... chances are that he/she
is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and
he/she will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER
If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a
Kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole
and start waving like crazy. Thedriver won't see you but everybody
else will. This has saved lives.
Last night I attended a personal safety workshop,
and it jolted me. It was given by an amazing man, Pat Malone,
who has been a bodyguard for famous figures like Farrah Fawcett
and Sylvester Stallone. He works for the FBI and teaches police
officers and Navy SEALS hand-to-hand combat. This man has seen
it all, and knows a lot.
He focused his teachings to us on HOW TO AVOID
BEING THE VICTIM OF A VIOLENT CRIME. He gave us some statistics
about how much the occurrences of random violence have escalated
over the recent years, and it's terrible. Something like 99%
of us will be exposed to, or become a victim of a violent crime.
Here are some of the most important points that
I got out of his presentation;
The three reasons women are easy targets for
random acts of violence are:
- BE ALERT!
- Lack of Awareness:
Swing your arms, stand straight up.
- Wrong Place, Wrong Time: DON'T walk alone
in an alley, or drive in a bad neighborhood at night.
- Women have a tendency to get into their cars
after shopping, eating, working, e! tc., and just sit (doing
their checkbook, or making a list, etc.) DON'T DO THIS! The
predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity
for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your
head, and tell you where to go.
AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
- A few notes about getting into your car in
a parking lot, or parking garage:
- Be aware: look around you, look into
your car, at the passenger side FLOOR, and in the BACK
- If you are parked next to a big van,
enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers
attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while
the women are attempting to get into their cars.
- Look at the car parked on the driver's
side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male/female
is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may
want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/police
to walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better
paranoid than dead.)
ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the
stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone
and the perfect crime spot).
If the predator has a gun and you are
not under his/her control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator
will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times;
And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ.
Women/Men are always trying to be sympathetic:
DON'T FALL FOR IT! It may get you raped, or killed.
Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking,
well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting
women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for
help" into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when
he abducted his next victim.
Pat Malone told us the story of his daughter,
who came out of the mall and was walking to her car when she
noticed 2 older ladies in front of her. Then she saw a police
car come towards her with cops who said hello.
She also noticed that all 8 handicap spots in
the area were empty. As she neared her car she saw a man a few
rows over calling to her for help. He wanted her to close his
passenger side door.
He was sitting in the back on the driver's side,
and said he was handicapped. He continued calling, until she
turned and headed back to the mall, and then he began cursing
at her. In the meantime, she wondered why he didn't ask the
2 older ladies, or the policeman for help, and why he was not
parked in any of the empty handicap spots.
As she got back to the mall, two male friends
of hers were exiting, and as she told them the story and turned
to point at the car, the man was getting out of the back seat
into the front and the car sped away.
DON'T GET CAUGHT IN THIS TRAP.
A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle.
I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you
love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may
want to pass it onto them, as well.