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Self defense is important to many people and the need to purchase pepper spray or other self defense products might be necessary, but in most cases, personal awareness is most important. Looking around and noticing your surroundings is one step closer to being able to spot any possible danger. By using your four senses of looking, listening, feeling and smelling, you can be alerted for anything that you would want to avoid. You, yourself is the most important self defense tool.

Key Takeaways:

  • Some self defense experts call it “yellow alert:” the state of being constantly aware of your surroundings and ready to use them for self defense. This might be a bit worrying for the average person though, so I like to think of it as “full experience.”
  • hink of all the times you’ve walked around deep in thought, your mind on bills, relationships – everything but actually walking, where you are and what’s around you beyond the space you need for your next step. When you walk around “looking inward” you’re sharing something in common with many victims of muggings and other street attacks. They didn’t look around either.
  • Street criminals look for these signs of inattention. While you might visualize street violence as a face to face confrontation that’s the last thing an attacker wants.

“Don’t just look. Listen, and try to identify what you hear.”

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