B: Books and Resources

The information I am sharing over these next few weeks came from a limited number of books and people. One thing you will learn after reading more than one book by more than one author is they don’t always agree. Their perspective is based off of their experience, as yours will be too. Do not hold the “expert” too high on a pedestal. Do take in all the information you can from as many people as you can. This will be the best way to form a defense system which works for you. The list below includes the books I used, but your library has several more books and videos which you may find interesting.

a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do: the ultimate guide to living safe and smart by Kathleen Baty
See Sally Kick Ass by Fred Vogt
The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker
Crime Signals by David Givens
Predators by Gregory Cooper and Michael King

You most likely will find self-defense classes in your area. My library held a free one I attended which was taught by a gentleman who had been with the police force for many years. Call the local community center or library to find out if they offer such a thing, and to let them know you would be interested in attending a class. Sometimes we simply need to give them the idea and they will run with it. My church has begun holding free classes, and I am sure there are others who do the same as well. Call around to see what is available. You may even decide to join a martial arts class in order to pick up some self-defense. Before you pick a school ask questions about the self-defense they teach. Find one that suits what you are looking for, and fits your temperament and personality. If you are in the local area and over eight, please feel free to drop in at KICS Karate School where you will learn both the martial art, and self-defense techniques to assist you.

Remember, the goal is to get as much information from as many people as possible. Don’t limit your ability to protect yourself by not having information when it is within your reach to have.

Comments

  1. Thanks for this list! I enjoy doing a kickboxing routine- when I'm not pregnant!! But it will be interesting to do some more reading on the topic.

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    1. I have a wii kick boxing thing I used to do, and I have learned for me I had to move past that because it mentally did not prepare me to take care of myself. I'm not sure if that makes sense, and it can be a ME thing, don't think I don't know that. :D

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  2. I've never actually considered taking an organized class for self defence. I always counted on the prevention side of things, being alert of my surroundings... I have to say you've got me thinking!

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    1. And prevention is HUGE!! If we can keep ourselves from getting in these positions then we never have to worry about anything else. Unfortunately, sometimes we end up there and it's so important to know SOMETHING to do then.

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  3. Thanks for mentioning that your church offers self-defense classes. That's something I will mention to my pastor. What a neat idea!

    Oh, and any book entitled See Sally Kick Ass has GOT to be put on my TBR pile! HA!!

    Thanks for the list! And for the awareness for the need to protect ourselves.

    Cheers!
    Jen

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    1. We have several black belts at our church. They offer the free taekwondo class I linked to, but the self-defense class is new, and I'm so excited about it. It will only be offered once a quarter but we are able to offer it and that makes me so happy.

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  4. Love those book titles! I have my go to techniques if I'm in a pinch, but I love my kickboxing class at the gym. It's primary goal is fitness, but I often find myself playing scenarios in my mind for practical use. My prayer is always that no one would try to attack me in the 36 hours after a class, though. I would have to tell any attacker, "Look, I've some some serious moves, but I'm just too tired and sore to use them right now. Can you come back later?" :)

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    1. Right!? That is ALWAYS how I feel after a run. "Could you please wait. I simply can't move right now." LOL I bet we would be able to come up with the energy as adrenaline starts pumping through us though. :)

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  5. ABKA Karate Classes (mostly offered in churches) are available for an extremely low cost, which helps fund mission projects, and they offer Christian Martial Arts and Self Defense training. There are a number of "dojos" listed on the website at http://abkakarate.com/ .

    I have never forgotten sitting watching a self defense class (in which my poor son was a volunteer grappling dummy ... LOL) and the instructor made a point with the teen girls about their cute little pony tails being a great handle for an attacker to grab hold of. I never would have thought of that but I will never forget it either!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing that link!

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  6. Think I might need to check Sally out...she sounds hard core! ( ;

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    1. LOLOL She was. It was a lot of self-defense pictures and how to.

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  7. Wow! Went back and read the post from January. Great idea for the challenge. Good luck this month! Can't wait to follow along!

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    1. Thanks Dusty! I hope to learn as much as I share. :D

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  8. I'm one of those who knows I would be in serious trouble if I was ever attacked. You've got me thinking more about self defense. It's kinda scary to think about, though!

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    1. It's scary when you don't know what to do. THe more you learn, the more confident you will be.

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