We’ve all seen the movie where the person is distracted, and you keep yelling, “Just look up!” to get them to notice the impending danger. It seems so obvious that they’re putting themselves in harm’s way. Don’t be that person. We want everyone in the community to feel safe and protected as they’re going throughout their day.
There are many things you can do to be your own bodyguard.
Watch Where You’re Going and Be Confident
This may seem obvious, but look around when you get to the gas station, bank, or convenience store. If anything seems off, come back another time. Don’t wear headphones when you’re out, and don’t focus on your phone or electronic device.
We often talk about what it means to be confident, and this can apply to when you’re out and about. Walk with your head up, shoulders back, and make eye contact with others around you. Sometimes that’s enough to show that you’re not to be messed with. The City of Tucson suggests you stay alert, constantly looking around and watching what’s going on around you.
Create a Personal Bubble
Keep a 5-foot buffer radius around you before people get near you; it can help you understand if they’re hostile or not. We teach our students that you need to be smart about fighting and defense. Fighting is never used as an offense for our students, only as a defense when it’s necessary.
Don’t Get Jumped
This is a pretty simple concept — walk wide around building corners, and don’t walk down dark alleys alone. Stay calm when walking around.
Parking Lots and Garages Don’t Have to Be a Nightmare
Be aware of your surroundings, check out your car, including the passenger and back seats.
Don’t just pay attention to your car, though. Look at the cars around yours, and if you see someone suspicious sitting alone, find a way to get to where you’re not alone anymore.
If possible, go with a friend, so you’re not alone in a vulnerable situation.
Stranger Danger Even at Home
We've all told our kids about the dangers of talking to strangers, but we often forget that it can apply to us as adults.
First, don’t answer the door if you’re not comfortable. Second, don’t let strangers in the house, even if it seems like they have a good reason to be there.
Tell your babysitters that they can’t have visitors in your home.
Learn How to Pay Attention through Martial Arts in East Mesa
Being aware of our surroundings is extremely important at any age! Come on down and see how we teach our self protection free! Give us a call at 480-986-7177 or email us at EastMesaKarate@gmail.com and take a free class on us!