self-defense for preppers

Self Defense
Alternative ideas to defending family and property

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has
practiced one kick 10,000 times." ~ Bruce Lee

Simple ideas in self defense
The best self defense is in mentally preparing for the positive outcome of an attack:
if you can first create a win-win option to evade a struggle altogether. Women in
particular, should envision themselves not as victims, but as knowledgeable and
able women who can avoid or defend against an attack.

In the event of confrontation, preppers have a basic knowledge of self defense
tactics to employ, including Martial Arts, gun safety and marksmanship, even archery.
And then there's always Mace pepper spray, a stun gun or a taser! These things all
create confidence, and yet there are more effective means to self defense to

Simple self defense ideas that anyone can follow:
Here are prepper self defense tactics that anyone can follow...

1: Don't wear a pony tail.  
Having a pony tail gives an assailant something to grab. This is among the first
things a rapist will look for in attacking. Wear a hat instead as that can fall off and
you can escape.

2: Wear layers of clothing.
Rapists want easy access to a  woman, favoring scantily clad women over those
who are wear layers. Cover yourself like an onion in layers! Certainly you can dress
the way you like, but you must take responsibility and keep yourself from being a
target.  This means if you're wearing a skirt, add a layer underneath of leggings.
Instead of carrying a coat or sweater, put it on until you get to the car or safety, or
wrap it around your waist. Don't just wear leggings, add a skirt or a longer top to
add more coverage and hide your curves.

3: Know how to use your self-defense weapon.
With mace for example, hold the spray at arms length, spray and take a step back.
Don't spray and then walk forward and into the spray to hurt yourself. Also, to an
extent, you'll need to pay attention to wind direction for the same reason.

4: Toss the goods!
If you find yourself in a situation where an assailant wants something from you, like
a purse, a wallet or your bugout bag don't just hand it to them. Take the toss and
run approach. Toss it in their direction, then move backwards. From that point you
can either run away or get out your gun and handle the situation. Your aim is to
increase the distance between you and the other person to gain the upper hand.

5: Engage a conversation.
There is a psychological point where someone is assessing the situation of whether
or not to attack you. If you engage a question, you put the other person to the task
of answering your question. Engaging is distracting them and you can make your
move. For example:

Watch the video below and you will understand the technique of asking a question,
such as, "Excuse me, do I know you?"

6. Lock and leave.
Sometimes an attacker will scope out potential victims in a shopping mall parking
lot.  Looking for an easy score of the recent purchases, the attacker will prey upon
those who sit idle in the car, doors unlocked, who are checking their cell phones.
Remedy the situation with the "lock and leave" approach. Lock doors promptly, then
buckle up and leave. You can pull over and check e-mail once you get out of the
parking lot.

7: Understand basic situational awareness.
Is a big van parked next to you on the driver's side? Be alert to your surroundings
(situational awareness). Kidnappers and rapists aim to nab you from the driver's
side and pull you into the van. You can avert the danger by entering the vehicle from
the passenger side. Then locking and leaving.

8: Use your name (and don't act like a victim).
Try to bond with the individual. It may seem odd, but if you find yourself in a captive
situation, you can gain favor first by using your name and bonding with the
individual. Introducing yourself makes you an acquaintance and no longer a
stranger. It is much easier to hurt a stranger and more difficult to hurt "Candace" or
"Cliff." You can gain valuable time in creating such a hesitation and this may benefit
in your negotiations. To bond with the individual, you can be sympathetic. For
example,  "I'm sorry that you're short on cash," but this isn't really going to solve
your problem in the long run, or "I know you're hurting inside, but we can get help
for you."

Conversely, if you play the role of victim, then you're making the job much easier for
your assailant. When you say, "Don't hurt me," the person doesn't hear the "don't"
they only focus on the other part of the sentence and they begin to hurt you. When
you're sympathetic, you're doing something unexpected and filling a need the
person may have. You're refocusing their actions.

9: Don't be a Girl Scout.
Have you ever fully considered the Girl Scout motto which is "to help others at all
times"?  This is an idea that was not thought through by the Girl Scouts. It's not safe
to "help others at all times" especially when you're alone. Beware that if someone is
limping, struggling with bags, or is wearing a sling or bandage, it could be part of a
ploy to lure in sympathetic women. This is the method employed by the Ted Bundy's
of the criminal world.

Consider these (mostly) peaceful self defense options:

  • Avoid. Happy Preppers keep a low profile. Like the first rule of fight club,
    which is "don't talk about fight club," the same holds true of Prep Club: don't
    talk about your preparedness. Don't brag to anyone about having guns and
    ammunition or about having a two year supply of food on hand. You're the
    first one the locals will loot in desperate times! Obviously avoiding the threat
    is best, but aversion isn't always possible.

  • Hide and Disguise. Along the same lines of keeping a low profile, Happy
    Preppers hide and disguise their supplies, and are prepared to hide disguise
    themselves as well. Advanced Preppers may build a clandestine bunker or
    have a bunker in plain view that's defensible. Looking like a homeless person
    might be a technique of camouflage in uncertain times and could be part of a
    Happy Prepper's bug out strategy to escape potential threats in trying to
    blend in a chaotic society.

  • Diffuse. While in America, you have the right to bear arms, you also have the
    right to bear hugs.  Talking is the first line of a peaceable defense. Granted,
    bridging words is an art, but diffusing a dangerous situation is possible. In a
    stressful situation, there may be an opportunity to extend a charitable
    contribution of food, warmth or medical aid to the person in need who is
    threatening you. Mind you that attackers won't follow the same honor code,
    but handling the situation in this regard may buy yourself some time to get to
    the gun you need or to get your family out of harm's way. Happy Preppers
    always look for the best possible outcome, that's why they aim to diffuse
    through communication. Happy Preppers may be able to engage the attacker
    in a dialog to diffuse the fight. The big secret to winning a fight is to never get
    hit in the first place.

  • Surprise. The element of surprise is also a defense tactic.  Get a load of the
    leather slap gloves pictured left. These gloves may look harmless but they can
    be used as a powerful blunt force defense weapon. Each glove features a
    secret knuckle pocket of unique material that is 110% the density of lead and
    will not rust. The dense powder acts like a metal plate and knocks attackers
    out cold. Velcro adjustment. These gloves are legal, unlike brass knuckles, and
    will distribute blunt force which concusses an attacker. They'd come in handy
    for self defense in a world without rule. Consider steel toed shoes and sap
    gloves, and concealed weapons. A self defense key chain can be a woman's
    best friend.

  • Retreat. In some situations, retreating may be the most viable option for
    survival. Happy Preppers always assess their situation and have a plan of
    retreat. Look for exits, plan on escapes even while you are in the middle of a
    struggle. As a wise philosopher once said, "Plan ahead or find trouble on the

  • Revise, rethink. Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a plan until they get
    punched in the mouth."  The same is true for preppers. Revise and rethink
    your situation.

Final Words about Self Defense for Women
At the end of the day, realize that self defense is not really about carrying a firearm,
having mace or prepper spray nor any other weapon. Self defense really has much
more to do with self confidence. Having self confidence will help you deal with the
situation at hand. Knowing that you are responsible for your life and that you affect
your own destiny will give you the upper hand. Prepare to survive from a mindset
that starts with confidence. Simply believe in yourself and take immediate action.
Here are more ways to accomplish just that:

When you peel back the veneer of society, you'll be surprised what everyday good
people will do to survive. For this reasons, self defense training with a gun is an
area all prepper women should heavily consider.

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