Monday, December 31, 2012

8 New Year's Resolutions to Keep You Safer in 2013

Happy New Year!

As we enter a new year many of us resolve to make positive changes to our lives - improve our fitness, spend more time with family and friends......  Some we follow through on, some we don't.  

We suggest you commit to your well being - particularly your personal safety. 

Here are 8 self defense resolutions to promote your safety in 2013 - and beyond.

  1. Minimize Your Distractions.  Avoid walking/driving and testing for instance.  Distractions hinder awareness. 
  2. Be mindful of how you share personal information. Announcing your trips on Facebook?  Please don't.  Telling strangers you live alone.  Please don't.  
  3. Identify escape routes.  Make it a habit in 2013 to be aware of how to escape to safe places.
  4. Establish some fitness goals.  We don't all have to be Olympians but improving your fitness does hep your chances to defend, escape and avoid.  
  5. Minimize your stuff.  Try to avoid carrying multiple items.  It makes you an easier target and as elusive as a sloth.  
  6. Saying no isn't rude.  Don't feel compelled to open your door to a stranger, light his cigarette, lean into his car to give directions.....   Say sorry (this comes naturally to most of us Canadians) and err on the side of caution.  
  7. Be discreet about your valuables.  Don't flash money,  jewellery, iPads, etc.......  
  8. Try a self defense class.  Surf the net, make some calls, talk with friends.  Find a  school that suits your needs. (Let's say, oh I don't know, a Krav Maga class?) If you can't or don't want to commit to ongoing classes ask about workshops, semi-privates....

Enjoy the rest of your holidays, have a happy new year, and be safe.  

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga Federation, Toronto

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