Staying Alive

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  1. KenpoTess

    KenpoTess Sr. Grandmaster

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    TIPS ON STAYING SAFE AND ALIVE...FOR WOMEN
    *this is from an email received*


    Karate classes teach that the elbow is the strongest point on your
    body. If you are close enough to use it, do!

    If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail
    lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy.
    The driver won't see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.



    (1.) The three reasons women are easy targets for random acts of
    violence are:

    (a.) Lack of Awareness: You MUST know where you are & what's going on
    around you.

    (b.) Body Language: Keep your head up, swing your arms, stand straight up.

    (c.) Wrong Place, Wrong Time: DON'T walk alone in an alley, or drive in a
    bad neighborhood at night.

    (2.) Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating,
    working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list,
    etc.).
    DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect
    opportunity for him to get in the passenger side, put a gun to your head,
    and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS
    AND LEAVE.

    (a.) A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot, or parking
    garage: Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger
    side floor, and in the back seat.

    (b.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger
    door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their
    vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.

    (c.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the
    passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car,
    you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman
    to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (Better
    paranoid than dead.)

    (3.) ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are
    horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).

    (a.) Do not get on an elevator if there is a weirdo already on there.
    (Of course bad men don't always look bad).

    (b.) Do not stand back in the corners of the elevator; be near the front,
    by the doors, ready to get off or on.

    (c.) If you get on the elevator on the 25th floor, and the Boogie Man gets
    on the 22nd, get off when he gets on and wait for another elevator.

    (4) If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS
    RUN!

    (a.) Police make only 4 of 10 shots when they are in range of 3-9
    feet. This is due to stress.

    (b.) The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times.
    And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. RUN!

    (5.) As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT! It may get
    you raped, or killed.

    (a.) Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good looking, well-educated man,
    who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with
    a cane, or a limp, and often asked "for help" into his vehicle or with his

    vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.

    (b.) Pat Malone told us the story of his daughter, who came out of the mall
    and was walking to her car when she noticed 2 older ladies in front of
    her. Then she saw a police car come towards her with cops who said
    hello. She also noticed that all 8 handicap spots in the area were
    empty. As she neared her car she saw a man a few rows over calling to her
    for help. He wanted her to close his passenger side door. He was sitting
    in the driver's side, and said he was handicapped. He continued calling,
    until she turned and headed back to the mall, and then he began cursing at
    her. In the meantime, she wondered why he didn't ask the 2 older
    ladies, or
    the policeman for help, and why he was not parked in any of the empty
    handicap
    spots. As she got back to the mall, two male friends of hers were exiting,
    and as she told them the story, and turned to point at the car, the man was
    in the back seat, and quickly moved back to the front and sped away.
     
  2. Shodan

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    Always good to have these types of things to read and learn about scenarios you may have not thought of before. Thanks!!

    :asian: :karate:
     
  3. Smart article. I'm always aware. Can't be too careful in this day and age anymore. I've read and heard too many stories to not pay attention. There's a guy running around now beating the crap out of women first and then robbing them.





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  4. Nightingale

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    those are some good tips, Tess!
     
  5. LadyDragon

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    Never under-estimate a malicious mind. If someone can think it up and conceive something bad that they may want to try, you never know when you might be their prey. Always be aware of your surroundings.
     
  6. 7starmantis

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    :mad:
    I thought this was going to be a John Travolta thread.

    7sm :shrug:
     
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    A good tip that helps

    Screaming at the top of your lungs.
    Because a scene is the last thing an attacker wants
     
  8. mystic warrior

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    Now that i think about what about those key chains that have a little stick at the end. You can use the stick as a handle and the keys to go across the eyes.
    Just a thought though.
     
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    The keychain you mentioned is called a kubaton and a very useful self-defense item that every woman, or man, should carry. The kubaton is meant to be more of a control device. You can also use it to defend against grabs and push people away, among other things. If clenched in your fist, it also can cause some pain to the attacker when you punch. You can find them here:

    http://www.selfdefenseproducts.com/kub.htm

    a good link about kubatons...

    http://www.protectivestrategies.com/keychain.html
     
  10. WingChunIan

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    Sobering story, pity the police didn't pick up on what was going on.
     
  11. WingChunIan

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    Carrying a kubotan was made illegal in the UK many years ago, they are now classed as offensive weapons.
     
  12. Tez3

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    Well no not exactly, they can be carried as part of a keyring for example but a pencil, pen or thick felt tip will do the same job and you are more likely to remember to carry one anyone.
     
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    When I was younger, I took a class with my mom called "Safe and Savvy" that was offered by a retired policeman. He taught many of what's already on this thread. He also told us two more things that I remember:

    1) If you are running and able to, throw your purse into a US Postal box (the blue kinds). There's a good chance your pursuer will not continue to follow if he wanted to mug you, and you can run faster without worrying about your purse. Only the postal service can unlock the box, so your purse will be safe.

    2) If you have any sort of table in your entryways to your home, put $10 or $20 on each, and DO NOT EVER TOUCH the money. Make sure everyone in your household knows this, too. Even if someone is in your home to rape or abduct you, they aren't likely to pass up free cash that's just sitting there for the taking. If you or anyone in your family ever comes home and sees that the money is not there, get out immediately and call the police.

    Hope these help keep everyone safe. :)
     
  14. DennisBreene

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    As far as the Kubitan.
    As always, you should check your local/state statutes. As far as I know it is legal to carry in the US. However, If you carry it for the purpose of self defense you can be charged with "intent". (One of the law enforcement types could probably illuminate us on that charge). It may be wisest to play dumb and always refer to it as a key chain.
    Dennis
     

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