In today’s fast-paced world, it’s vital to stay ahead and to avoid potentially dangerous situations. In Krav Maga, we practice good posture and counter-attacking with decisive strikes, which help us avoid getting hurt by a violent adversary. While we need awareness of what the other person is trying to hit us with in a fight, we also need to understand why things have escalated to that point, and how to avoid physical conflict in the first place. If we truly want to stay safe, then we need to minimize physical risk. Thus, we should minimize the need to use our self-defense skills outside of the school. To this end, an important principle that Barny and the rest of the team here emphasize at Krav Maga SF is safety through avoidance.
Safety through situational awareness.
It’s safer for anyone not to be antagonized, challenged, or preyed on, by avoiding situations that put us in jeopardy in the first place. Continual awareness of our environment and situation is a skill that can be practiced and honed just like avoiding or delivering strikes. It may not be as exciting, but that’s also the beauty of its effectiveness. Being skilled in situational awareness helps us save energy for defending ourselves if necessary.
To help avoid conflict in our beautiful City, here are some situational awareness questions to consider:
What is my current environment?
Is it daytime or nighttime?
Am I in a decent part of town?
How many people are approaching me–are they calm or loud?
Are the people approaching men, women, or a mixed group?
What are my ways of getting around an obstacle or leaving this environment?
Is there anything lying around that I could pick up and use for defense?
Quickly assessing these questions becomes easier if we are used to asking them. They can also be answered quickly when we know that something is off about our environment and allow our training in situational awareness to take over.
The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.