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  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 04:11am

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    Re: Personal Safety

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Dogs,

Whew.  I wish you lived in Boulder, you sound like a tough cookie.  Your info was exactly the type of thing I can get behind, let us stay at the non-firearm approach for now.  Martial arts do seem to be quite involved, and I wonder how long it would take to get “comfortable with my skill set”?  Given that I do not have more than a few hours a week to devote to training.  I will investigate your suggestions…

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aarondenal –

Here’s another, much closer suggestion for you…….Laughing up in North Boulder on Lee Hill.  This school is listed in the Filipino Martial Arts directory and the program blending Quigong, Wing Chung, Pekiti Tersia and Muay Thai looks very appealing.  I would definitely check this one out.  I don’t know any of these guys personally, but I asked around and Stephen Joffe has a reputation as an accomplished martial artist and more importantly a solid, disciplined instructor.  Ian Venter is certified under Tuhon Gaje – nothing more need be said.  Tom Herbstritt brings a superb resume in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and although he is listed as a Wing Chung instructor you could probably get some exposure to ground work styles.

http://martialworks.com/programs/

A little farther away down in Denver is the Colorado Filipino Combat Sytsem run by Guro Mike Jennings.  He is the real deal.  The only drawback is the school is almost exclusively focused on Filipino styles utilizing weapons and doesn’t have a dedicated course of instruction in Silat, (Pencak Silat Mande Muda or Maphilindo Silat), BJJ or another ground style.  It does have a course of instruction in Sikaran which is a superb foot and leg fighting discipline – it is “simple” in that it only has two basic kicks, a paralyzing kick (panghilo) and a lethal kick (pamatay).  Getting each kick to its appropriate target is what is not so simple!

http://www.coloradofcs.com/

I get out your way once or twice a year supporting a 501.c3 HQed in Boulder, have seen many a fine show at the Fox and Boulder Theatres and weather and schedule allowing I try to get the Gregory Canyon hike to the summit of Green Mountain in every time I’m out there.

 

  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 04:17am

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Dogs,

That’s awesome. That figure (like most statistics) was “made up” to represent what I percieve as important. 
It’s cool to hear that others are drawing similar conclusions, especially when they have significantly more experience.

There is always a disproportional emphasis on weapons because they’re a lot more invigorating to discuss than how to spot someone who looks dicey, or where to sit in a crowded room. The amount of time people spend talking about guns and gear reminds me of ‘scientists’ in the 1500’s discussing the Sun’s orbit around the earth.

Primary weapon? Brain body harmony, brother!

Cheers, and thanks for sharing that. That’s really fascinating. Hopefully, one of these days we’ll get to train together.

Aaron

  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 05:41am

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How you carry yourself is very important. Look relaxed and confident, and when sharing the street with a guy you might think looks a little shady, I always think it’s better to be polite and make eye contact and smile a little (assume they aren’t out to get you). In other words “be cool.”

If you act afraid, or alternately, aggressive, that’s where I think people get into problems.

Of course this won’t help in all situations. Just something I noticed seemed to work living in a city with a lot of gang members around.

Don’t instigate – I learned early on in LA that you should not flip off drivers like you do in the midwest. Bad move. Two gang members getting out of their cars and threatening me cured me of that.

I think all women should consider letting go of the heels except for special occasions. They really put you at a disadvantage. You can’t run in them. Good walking shoes can be a lifesaver (in more ways than one).

In terms of martial arts, I’ve taken Krav Maga, which is good, as well as Jeet Kune Do and a smidgen of Karate. I think Krav Maga is slightly more practical than Jeet Kune Do and Karate if you are a woman. Though Jeet Kune Do is more “street” than Karate and so pretty decent. Krav Maga is basically how to get out of bad situations and do as much damage as you can to your attacker – it’s not about perfecting a roundhouse kick, which is not very likely to be used if you are a woman being attacked.

Aikido is also good if you are a woman since you don’t have to be strong to use it, but you need to practice a lot before it can be helpful in a street situation.

Hope that helps.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 06:21am

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 3) a gun. (ok, there’s no ammunition in it.. but that’s your little secret. )

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[quote=idoctor]

Might put some blanks in a handgun….noise maybe pretty effective. 

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I realize these remarks were probably flippant, but I want to caution readers that both are very bad ideas.  If you point a deadly weapon at someone it had better be fully functional, and you must be prepared to use it to full effect.  Otherwise you may cause someone to call your bluff with disastrous results.  If they back off, and deadly force was not justified, you could be prosecuted for a serious crime, because the law assumes the gun was loaded, no matter what you say.  Warning shots can be a serious crime because you used a deadly weapon incorrectly.  If you did not feel threatened enough to shoot the attacker, then your use of deadly force was not legally justified.

Idoctor — Thanks for the help with the video in the other thread.

Travlin 

  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 03:13pm

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Dogs and everyone, thanks for all the input.

Especially Steph,

I hope no one mistakes this, but I am curious to hear from more ladies.  or stories of ladies.  I think the fundamental ideas are the same, but maybe the details vary…there are slightly different concerns for us and i would think certain advantages we can exploit.  i hope I have not rubbed anyone the wrong way.  i still want to hear from everyone, but so far it has been mostly the male population responding.  Maybe that is just the demographics of the site, but stlil.  Do any of you have an opinion on this?

  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 05:52pm

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i still want to hear from everyone, but so far it has been mostly the male population responding.  Maybe that is just the demographics of the site, but stlil.  Do any of you have an opinion on this?

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Maceves is also a lady, and a well-respected one here at that.
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  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 06:55pm

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Maceves is also a lady, and a well-respected one here at that.

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Sigh.  I am not making myself clear.  My questions do not pertain to one’s gender.  I am simply looking for some inspiration.  What can be done?  I have not been spending the last um-teen years training in ten various martial arts, nor shooting pistols.  I am a 38yo mother of two and have only recently gotten acquainted with the issues related to this site.  I have limited time.  What have folks done so amass a sense of security where they had relatively none before?  I like Dogs’ and others suggestions to look into martial arts and I will (although at first glance cost may be an issue for me).  I love Aaron Moyers’ Run-Fu.  There is a lot to that, although I am not satisfied with only getting in better shape.

When I was in college it seemed like every other week there was some course on Self-Defense being taught.  There was a group that met weely to spar.  Does anyone have this where they live?  I have seen nary a peep about these things where I am now, although granted I have had my awareness in other directions. 

  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 08:14pm

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Maceves is also a lady, and a well-respected one here at that.

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Sigh.  I am not making myself clear.  My questions do not pertain to one’s gender.  I am simply looking for some inspiration.  What can be done?  I have not been spending the last um-teen years training in ten various martial arts, nor shooting pistols.  I am a 38yo mother of two and have only recently gotten acquainted with the issues related to this site.  I have limited time.  What have folks done so amass a sense of security where they had relatively none before?  I like Dogs’ and others suggestions to look into martial arts and I will (although at first glance cost may be an issue for me).  I love Aaron Moyers’ Run-Fu.  There is a lot to that, although I am not satisfied with only getting in better shape.

When I was in college it seemed like every other week there was some course on Self-Defense being taught.  There was a group that met weely to spar.  Does anyone have this where they live?  I have seen nary a peep about these things where I am now, although granted I have had my awareness in other directions. 

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I think you’ve got the right idea with the self-defense class.  Try to find a highly recommended women’s self-defense class in your area.  They’re typically given over a period of several days or several weeks and try to highlight the most critical aspects of self-defense and a handful of effective techniques that are easy to learn and practice.  Find one that preferably has a minimum of 6-8 sessions if possible…. while you certainly can learn some things in a single half-day class, the more times you get to practice and ask questions over a period of time the better off you’ll be (you’ll also be inclined to practice more at home).  Another nice thing is such classes are typically offered at much lower cost than the standard martial arts instruction.

In a town the size of Boulder I’m sure there are at least a few good options.  Maybe someone else here knows of one?

P.S.- If you can try and get some friends/family to sign up with you… that gives you extra incentive and opportunity to practice at home! 

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  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 08:55pm

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aarondenal, in your pursuit of protection for yourself and your family my advise to you is this; where there is the threat of violence and victimization, do not be there.  If people are protesting in the streets, do not be one of them.  Where there are lines for food, do not be in them.  During the initial stages of collapse be like the ant in the fable “The Ant And The Grasshopper” ; be removed, warm, feed and protected.  Do not stick your head up, advertise nothing, let no one know you are there.

. . . . .and when the initial carnage has exhausted itself; wait, listen and be prepared.  If violence is going to come to you, do your best to meet it on your terms and to your best advantage.  Work hard and outside your comfort zone to develop the skill sets necessary to accomplish this.  If you are unwilling or unable to do this then you must ally yourself with people that will.

Make no mistake, we are at the precipious of a post “Peak Oil” and post “Fiat Money Meltdown” collapse.  Increased violence is guaranteed.  There are groups of good people all across this Country preparing for this very threat.  Locate one the meets your needs then develop a skill set that will make you indespensible to them.  Not everyone is a fighter just as not everyone is master gardener or midwife or ham radio operator or diesel mechanic or dentist or that valuable person who can make long-term food storage something you look forward to eating.  Become that person.

I believe time is short and the stakes are high as is the threat of being lulled back to sleep.  You must act now.  Good luck, Nacci.

  • Thu, Feb 10, 2011 - 09:05pm

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[quote=aarondenal] What have folks done so amass a sense of security where they had relatively none before?  

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There is no “real” security. You could be walking down the sidewalk and a drunk driver could come swerving up over the curb and nail you. You probably have more of a chance of getting hurt in a car accident than being physically attacked. So the first step is to get a hold on your fear and wild speculations of what might happen and take a realistic assessment of your situation.

If someone is going to attack you on the street, they are much more likely to do so if you are appearing fearful and timid…though you have your height at your advantage, so that helps.

I checked the crime stats in Boulder on SpotCrime.com and really, compared to many people in most major cities, you should feel lucky you live in such a safe place:

http://spotcrime.com/co/boulder

When I checked it, it had one little robbery down in the right-hand corner.

Compare this to the small *neighborhood* where I used to live in Los Angeles last year:

http://spotcrime.com/#charnock/midvale%20los%20angeles%2C%20ca%2090034

Robbery, theft, assault, etc. All within walking distance. Police helicopters regularly flew around at night. And I wasn’t living in the “ghetto” or anything – just West LA.

I had my bike stolen from the back of the apartment building when I lived there, but that was the extent of the problems I had. I regularly walked in the neighborhood and never had anyone give me any grief. The neighbors across the street looked like gang members and spent their time jacking up the car to make the stereo system really loud. I actually asked them politely to try to turn the bass down – they were very nice about it. (So don’t assume that someone who “looks” like a gang member is going to pull a gun and shoot you.) Of course, this doesn’t mean you want to be nagging strangers regularly (and I did mention in my last post, don’t flip people off!) but there’s no reason to be scared of every strange, scruffy looking man who might come your way.

Now, I did leave Los Angeles in part because I don’t think it will be safe if things get really bad. Not so much that I would worry about being personally accosted – but that if people can’t get food there is likely to be rioting and I don’t want to be caught in the middle. But I was not particularly worried about being targeted as a single white female in LA – the gangs there are more interested in each other, not you.

Boulder is not Los Angeles by any stretch of the imagination, and I doubt you have much of a gang problem there. Your biggest issue may be people coming to steal your food and supplies when things get bad, but perhaps a good number of those people won’t even be violent, but desperate and starving. 

Get  a guard dog and maybe take some shooting lessons if you want to protect your home. I would not otherwise freak out too much – you are not in a big massive city that is likely to get caught up in civil unrest. If you feel Boulder is going to have riots then move to a smaller town but I personally would not be overly worried in a place like that. You’re probably well-situated there, in a small city that is relatively safe and not close to any truly dangerous metropolitan areas like Los Angeles or New York City. 

You should be fine.

 

 

 

 

 

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