Are you mentally ready
I would like to contribute this article on self-defense against a
I hope I can contribute to the mental part of being
prepared. I like to write this article because my life was threatened
with a gun, and gun self defense is a part of martial arts
A martial artist spends his lifetime training in the
basics, in refining his techniques, toughing his hands and feet to
become weapons, working to increase his flexibility and developing the
skills to take his opponents down hopefully with a single
On any given day, for him the ordinary opponent who
wants to show how tough he is no matter what discipline they study. If
attacked with a knife, a stick, a chain, a tire iron, no problem. Faced
with two opponents, lets get it on.
The martial arts have been
practiced for centuries. Techniques passed down from parent to child,
teacher to student, and teacher to teacher. A lot of times the martial
arts was practiced in secret. The martial arts have been used for
protection on long trips, to defend one country against another, and to
protect religions temples.
The Japanese lived by the code of
Bushido, kill or be killed.
One Korean warrior, Gae-Beck, that
was so dedicated to his country he killed his family before he went off
to battle, knowing he may not return. When surrounded by his enemies, he
took his own life, to show he was not defeated.
I wonder about
the mindset of this warrior. He had some strong values, some values we
don't live by in a modern world. Do the modern day martial artist have
these same values? As a modern day martial artist, are we ready to kill
or be killed? How prepared are we to defend our lives against an
opponent armed with a gun? When facing a gun do we react, as if nothing
else matters or to have common sense?
Can the martial artist
withstand the aggressive attack that one would encounter in the
Gun permits are issued to those who can pass a background
check. The good ole hand to hand might come to a sudden halt in a
situation where you are confronted with an armed opponent. Are you ready
to defend your loved ones, friends and family, in a situation looking
down the barrel of a gun? Are you ready mentally to handle this type of
Most styles train to defuse a gun.
happen very fast and the mind is working very fast also. What if I can't
take the gun? What if someone gets killed? What if I cooperate? There
might be more attackers standing by that you have not seen. These are
some of the things to consider. Are you prepared to kill or be
My approach to this situation is to give that person what
they want, until I feel that controlling factor is not all they want. To
those who may face this situation, and have been training in the marital
arts, and from being in a situation with an armed opponent I can only
say use your better judgment and rely on the techniques that you
Some armed opponents don't want to kill and this could
give you the advantage. Some don't mind killing no matter how you heed
to their commands.