Are you prepared?

What are you preparing for? Do you know what to prepare for? Are you preparing at all? Or if you are preparing, are you preparing correctly?

Many have resolved to prepare for "something bad" that could happen, without having any idea of what that "bad" thing could be. Maybe they bought a firearm, took a self-defense class, or studied a martial arts system. They think they are prepared. They think they are ready for any bad guy that comes their way. Only to find out that they prepared for the wrong thing, and the real threat was worse than they could have ever dreamed...

When we think of a "bad guy" it's easy to imagine a scrawny 5' 10" druggie (who is weaker than you, and slower than you) trying to break into your house at night. For some, this picture could be their worst nightmare come true, but what if I told you that what I just described is the least of your problems?

The threat you should prepare for is much worse than what I already described. What we should train for is the worst possible thing that could come our way. Then if we are ready for something of that magnitude, we will be ready for bad things of a lesser magnitude. Now, to prove that point let's run through a scenario.


Imagine this....

After a long day at work you head home. As you pull into the drive way you realize how much you are anticipating a greeting from your spouse and kids. As you walk through your front door you realize something is really wrong....

Your spouse doesn't meet you at the door. There is no cry of "daddy's home" from your kids. The whole atmosphere of your usually bright and cheerful home is replaced with a dreary silence and tense dread. You try to remember if your spouse had something planned for tonight. Something scheduled that you forgot about.

BOOM!!!

You hear a thud upstairs followed by a shrill scream. You run for the stairs. As you run you experience an adrenaline dump and all your senses sharpen to the point that you feel overwhelmed by them. As you reach the top of the stairs you you come face to face with a nightmare too terrible to have even dreamed of....

The biggest mass of muscle and man you ever saw is trying to force his way into your bedroom. Your spouse is trying to barricade the door, and you were almost to late.

The brute notices you and turns. It is then that you realize how huge this guy really is. 6'4". Built like a tank. His eyes full of murder. You realize that this guy is stronger than you. Maybe even faster. Deep down you know that he has killed before, and was toughened by crime on the streets. Nothing appears to be in your favor. Then you realize with dread that if you don't beat this guy, you will die. And then who knows what will happen to your family...

Your spouse...

Your children...

Then to your horror you see that the man is holding something....

A knife.

7 inches of razor sharp steel...


I hope that scenario frightens you as much as it does me. The critical question here is, what would happen next? And be realistic. Would you survive that encounter? And more importantly, would your family survive?

Sadly in the world we live in predators almost always prey on weaker individuals. If they perceive someone who they think will be a hard target they will most likely wait to find a easier target. Because of this basic rule, you are more likely to be attacked by someone stronger, faster, or smarter than you, than you are to be attacked by someone inferior to you. If then you are more likely to face a bigger opponent than you are a smaller one, doesn't it make more sense to prepare for the biggest threat possible?

Now think about this, imagine that this is the type of "bad guy" you train for. Imagine that you reject the useless self-defense techniques that come your way, and you focus only on the best techniques. Imagine that you get to the point where you can actually stand a fighting chance against someone bigger and stronger than you. If you can do that then how much more prepared will you be to face the "smaller" bad guy if he ever comes your way? You should be more than adequately able to handle the threat.

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