Being a survivalist means always being prepared. You try your best to be ready for any kind of situation that you may find yourself in. you’ve got all of your tactical gear to make sure that you are protected in case society breaks down and things get out of control. From your weapon of choice to your armor and 10×12 trauma pad, you feel protected.
Mistakes are part of being human so you can expect to not always do things the right way. When you are trying to practice self-defense, it is important to be aware of common mistakes to avoid since one wrong move can cause a lot of problems. In this article, we will go over several common mistakes that even the most prepared survivalist is capable of committing.
1 – Not training in multiple disciplines
There are times when you will find yourself in difficulty that takes some creative thinking to get out of. Not every situation is going to be the same. This is why it is very useful to train for many different types of attacks that you could find yourself in. Relying on one single method of self-defense is one of the biggest mistakes to make.
For instance, if somebody were to take hold of you from behind and disarm you, would you know how to react? If you are planning to have a gun to use to ward off an attack you will be caught flat-footed in this situation with no way of protecting yourself or your loved ones.
Train in many different styles of self-defense such as different disciplines of martial arts. This gives you an awareness that allows you to understand exactly what to do in just about every situation you find yourself in.
2 – Being unaware of your surroundings
Unfortunately, danger is lurking just about everywhere and there are people who are looking specifically for others that are distracted. These are easy prey for them.
It is one of the most important things you can do to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Try to not walk around with your face on your phone. Instead, look around at the people who are nearby and see if any of them are acting strangely. Look for ways to escape if you feel like there is something threatening to happen. Lastly, have an idea of places to avoid that would leave you vulnerable in case of an attack.
3 – No after plan
When you find yourself fending off an attack, you need to also know what to do when it’s over. The result could be that you had to use lethal force and will need to call the police. However, if you are the one with a gun when they arrive things can go bad quickly.
Make sure to think about what you will say when you call 9-1-1 so that things won’t get ugly when the fight or attack is over. Sometimes the fight is only just beginning once your threat has been neutralized.
Colin spent the last 3 years writing for and with gym owners—from small martial arts schools in the Midwest to big fitness gyms in California. He has also worked with many small businesses over the past 10 years. He’s passionate about fitness, BJJ, reading, and dedicating every spare second to writing for fun. He wants to help business owners tackle the logistics of running a business so they can focus more on their passions too.