I personally really like the "Real Alert" app. I have never HAD to use the 911 instant button but it makes me feel better that it is there. Recently, on my school campus there was seen a suspicious character or whatever but there wasn’t too many details. This app even has a creepo detail button to immediately input details (a fill in the blank sort of form) for any creepos so all the things are fresh in your mind. It has a locate nearest hospital, instant 911, siren, and a friend button if you want to just have a friend on the phone if you feel in a bad situation but it isn’t a situation to call 911. Over all an awesome app. I suggest everyone, male and female, download it. Hopefully you never have to use it but it is nice to have! "Real Alert" I think it is on iPhone and Android. Not sure about Microsoft phones though.
That app is a great idea. Technology is wonderful. The problem is, technology is also vulnerable. That’s why I’d ALWAYS have other options in place for saving my butt other than technology. Here’s just one reason why:
You have your cell phone and your Real Alert app. You are approached by a serious creep. You hit the instant 911 button. You frantically wonder why you’re not connecting. Creep laughs maliciously. Creep knows you’re dead meat. Creep is jamming your cell signal. Game over.
First time poster here, and there is lots of great points raised on the thread related to mental as well as physical attributes and training. I do have a few comments for Pinecarr related to BJJ and CSW…
BJJ is a great art, but it could mean many different things depending on who is teaching it. A limited number of academies focus on the self defense aspects of the art, and a much greater number focus on the sport of BJJ. Either way, one would develop great ground technique and physical attributes, and either one could be very fun to train. It is important to understand the rules of engagement and limitations of the rule set that one is training. However, at your child’s age the physical attributes developed and techniques learned can be easily adapted with age and experience.
Combat Submission Wrestling is a system developed by Erik Paulson. Paulson is very talented as a martial artist and a teacher, and I would love to study with him. However, I never have trained with him or any of his certified instructors I can not speak directly to their quality.
One great thing about the grappling arts is that they provide training for mental toughness. Many people experience a sensation of panic or suffocation when in very close pressure situations. Sometimes there is an extreme adrenaline response to this type of situation. So, becoming comfortable with the pressure of someone pinning you and trying to choke you or apply a joint lock to you helps to compensate for that adrenaline response.
Some information on my training… I have been training in martial arts for about 13 years. My main training is in Judo and BJJ (brown belt in both), with some exposure to hapkido, boxing, muay thai and Philipino stick and knife arts. I am not nearly as accomplished as many other on this thread but hope that I added something of value here.