Staying Safe – Everyday Personal Safety #2

Welcome to the second blog in the series, Staying Safe – Everyday Personal Safety…

Staying Safe

Everybody’s lives these days are full of things to do. We all seem to be rushing around at a hundred miles an hour, talking on the mobile phone, listening to ipods whilst dashing from one place to the next.  How many of us are really aware of what’s going on around us?  We all get that feeling inside now and again that makes us think ‘something’s not right’ or ‘this could be dangerous’ but with the pressure of modern day life – how many of us actually take note?  The first step to staying safe in today’s society is to practise being alert to our surroundings. 

Have you ever felt unsafe or uncomfortable whilst out and about – maybe whilst walking to the shops, waiting at a bus stop or whilst out for a night out on the town? Even if you haven’t personally, we all know someone who has.

You know when you get that feeling inside that ‘hey this feels a bit weird’ or ‘ this could be dangerous’, well that’s the first warning signal that all’s not well and we need to be careful.  Oh, I know we all think ‘don’t be silly, it’ll never happen to me!’ Well, I’ve got to tell you, it happens to people like you and me every day.  Just turn on your TV and watch the news, open your newspaper and read the headlines.  It can happen to anyone of us.

Quote:  Democracy don’t rule the world, you’d better get that through your head. This world is ruled by violence, but I guess that’s better left unsaid. Bob Dylan

The first part of this blog series is all about recognising potentially violent and dangerous situations, watching out for the warning signals and using this knowledge to avoid potentially violent situations, therefore staying safe.

Violence has many guises.  If it’s an action that causes you to feel fear (emotional) or pain (physical), then it is violence.

Quote: No-one in this world has a right to strike you or hurt you, absolutely no-one.  If you are a parent, a teacher or a guardian, tell the children in your care this as often as you can.  Do not assume that they know it or that violence does not touch them.  Sharon Hopwood

Top tips for you to remember:

Be observant: be conscious of what’s happening around you. If you believe that you might be being followed, trust your instincts and if possible head for a place where you know there’ll be other people like a shop or a garage.

Try to avoid wearing hoods, earphones or chatting on your mobile phone; your ability to hear approaching cars, or potential assailants is limited by these things.

Avoid isolated areas

If you have to go somewhere on your own, pre-plan the route of your journey, avoiding isolated and uninhabited places.

The best form of self defence is being somewhere else!  This is the first thing I teach any student of self protection.  If you can walk away  Walk!  If you can talk your way out – Talk!  If you can run away – Run!  But remember, if the situation becomes violent, you must deal with it – quickly and clinically!
 Andy Hopwood

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With over 30 years award winning experience under his belt, Andy Hopwood is the UK’s leading Martial Arts expert. He is the founder of the British Free Fighting Academy; a self defence and protection organisation specialising in teaching simple, practical techniques that are effective in today’s society – regardless of size or strength.

Andy is a fun, confident expert with endless credentials which include:

  • Twice inducted into the ‘COMBAT HALL OF FAME’ 2001 & 2003.
  • Script writer, presenter and fight choreographer on several high street instructional DVD’s.
  • Author of autobiographical novel, It’s Only Pain.
  • Creator of the SHIELD Professional Personal Safety Programme used by top sports stars, public figures, celebrities and V.I.P’s.

One thing’s for sure, with Andy, you’re in safe hands!

Find out more about training with us at www.hopwooduk.com

Staying Safe – Everyday Personal Safety #1

A few words from Andy Hopwood…

There’s no getting away from it. We live in an increasingly violent society. Personal safety and self protection are of the utmost importance. Working on the belief that the best form of self defence is to be somewhere else, this blog series will give you fabulous tips on body language, recognising potential danger signals and ultimately shows you simple, realistic self defence techniques that actually work in today’s society – regardless of gender, size or strength.

I cannot reiterate enough that the best form of self defence is to be somewhere else and not to get involved. This blog series will give you an insight into the methods of staying safe on the streets which I have dedicated my life to developing and teaching. I sincerely hope that you never have to use these life skills; but if you are in the unfortunate situation where you feel your life or well-being to be in danger, then I know the techniques in this series of blogs will serve you well. We live in a society where we invest in house alarms and a myriad of expensive gizmos to protect our homes and possessions – surely the greatest asset we all possess is our lives. Invest time in practising your personal safety skills – it may just save your life one day.

This new series is about staying safe in today’s often all too violent society. But, I’m not trying to turn everybody in to some kind of super warrior; by reading this series of easy guides you should be able to pick up useful techniques that not only help you to avoid potentially violent situations, but will also help you get away from an attacker if they take you by surprise and actually physically assault you. This is stuff that actually works regardless of size or strength!

The techniques that you’ll be taken through are all very simple and natural as well as being tried, tested and proven. To empower us with the confidence that good self protection skills provide, you will be guided through instruction in how to execute effective pre-emptive strikes. These techniques can stop even the largest attacker in his tracks! Protecting yourself from the most common of all violent assaults with devastating counter attacks.

You will learn all of this quickly and easily, regardless of your athletic ability, in a way that’s fun and exciting to practice! And, you will have the ability to use a lot of these techniques as soon as you have read the blogs!

Andy

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

With over 30 years award winning experience under his belt, Andy Hopwood is the UK’s leading Martial Arts expert. He is the founder of the British Free Fighting Academy; a self defence and protection organisation specialising in teaching simple, practical techniques that are effective in today’s society – regardless of size or strength.

Andy is a fun, confident expert with endless credentials which include:

  • Twice inducted into the ‘COMBAT HALL OF FAME’ 2001 & 2003.
  • Script writer, presenter and fight choreographer on several high street instructional DVD’s.
  • Author of autobiographical novel, It’s Only Pain.
  • Creator of the SHIELD Professional Personal Safety Programme used by top sports stars, public figures, celebrities and V.I.P’s.

One thing’s for sure, with Andy, you’re in safe hands!

Find out more at www.hopwooduk.com