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
A woman's best self defense is in mentally preparing for the positive outcome of an
attack: a woman can in her mind first create a win-win option. Women should envision
themselves not as victims, but as knowledgeable and able women who can avoid or
defend against an attack. With these things in mind, a woman can defend family and
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 (available in pink), a stun gun or a taser!
These things all create confidence, and yet there are more effective means to self
defense to consider.
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
- 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.
- 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. While they have a bug-
out bag handy and have alternate locations and plans to go along with their
bugout bag, they may also choose not to retreat.
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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