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General Approaches to Self-Defense

 Traditionally, there are two general approaches to self-defense. The first one is strictly weapon-based. People consider various weapons as the only key of their personal security. There's a huge amount of gun fans among the self-defenders. Such people usually can't imagine their own lives without guns. Guns under the clothes, guns around the house, guns in the cars, guns in the dreams - guns everywhere. Such gun addicted people are usually strong guys and perfect shooters. Nevertheless the overwhelming majority of weapon-oriented self-defenders consists of people who avoid to use deadly force in the acts of self-defense. They prefer to carry non-lethal weapons such as stun guns, Air Tasers and sprays.

 The first defensive approach is relatively simple. Usually who fires first, wins the game. It evidently has some drawbacks. First, when you entirely rely on weapon, you become dependent on it. There's a chance that you won't have weapon when you're attacked - what will you do in a such case? In many countries including Great Britain, Australia and Russia efficient weapons (e.g. handguns) are prohibited for civilians, and available weapons can't give self-defenders an appropriate guarantee of their personal security.

 The second approach to self-defense bases on martial arts training. There's no reason to debate, what kind of martial arts is the best for self-defense: djudo, aikido, kung-fu, karate, kickboxing, taekwondo or anything else. Every combative school has some special features. And there's virtually no use in giving any manuals for fighting - it would be much more useful to watch some of these videos or visit our discussion center. The principal benefit of martial arts training is that it really gives you the confidence in your strength, your defensive abilities. It's the kind of weapon you carry every time and you can always rely on. Although martial arts training involves a large variety of extra skills which seem useless to many people who want to acquire only the physical aspects, that appear to be directly connected with self-defense. It is also important that the martial arts is a kind of a way of living - it requires a lot of time, patience and zeal. This approach doesn't correspond to the most of people.

 Anyhow these two general approaches to self-defense are evidently restricted and need modification. One of the Self-Defender Net Communion's objectives is to create the total approach to self-defense, which involves a lot of specialized defensive skills (e.g. shooting, verbal techniques, combative techniques, etc) combined with the general skills we apply everyday in our life. Let's create it together!