Self-Defense Skills Involve More Than A Kick, Punch or Escape

Leon County Residents,

Now more than ever many people are feeling uneasy in parking lots or unfamiliar areas. Whether our safety is in more jeopardy now than it ever has been or does social media make it seem that way? It is hard to tell. What we do know, being able to throw a kick, punch or escape from being grabbed is not enough to protect yourself.

You can Google “self-defense courses, self-defense, self-protection” and the list could go on. What will you find? Martial arts programs and online self-defense programs. In fact, Tiger Rock Martial Arts has one too. But makes ours different than the others? Honestly, without watching the other courses, I cannot tell you. However, from the ones I have watched, many of them leave out one of the major keys to defending yourself.

BEING PROACTIVE AND AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. A lot goes into teaching someone how to protect themselves, lots of repetition, keeping moves simple, but effective, changing their attitude from a victim to a survivor are a few important skills that need to be taught.

Being proactive and aware of your surrounding are one of the most important skills. These skills could easily prevent a bad situation from ever happening in the first place. Learning body language, realizing there are not real coincidences and not being distracted in sensitive areas are all important skills to staying safe.

Here are a few important tips to FOLLOW…not just be aware of:

  • Don’t talk on your cell phone or cordless headset in parking lots…For Real!
  • Looking around when walking in parking lots/decks and keep people distanced when you are around parked cars
  • Always keep your hands as free as possible
  • Use the grocery store baggers to help put groceries in the car
  • When walking around street corners, stay far away from the corner so you can see around the building with ease
  • Don’t be afraid to make eye contact with people passing by, it shows your are confident and helps you identify unfamiliar faces
  • If you think you are being followed, stop in a restaurant or store and observe. Better to be proactive than shake things off that could potentially be dangerous

Follow these tips and your subconscious will rest easier when out in public. Don’t wait until something happens and then get prepared with a self-defense course or martial art type lessons. You know how it goes, when you are prepared, things usually don’t happen! Karma? Maybe? Who knows.

If you are interested in an online self-defense course or martial art lessons you can visit our website

If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at He is a 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama

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