I grew up on Saturday afternoon kung fu theater. The hero would end up surrounded by some bullies from another dojo that were intent on teaching the good guy a lesson. They would proceed to take turns attacking, in a very orderly fashion, while our protagonist dispensed with them one by one.
If only life were so neat. The reality of violence is that it is explosive, quick and chaotic. A one on one confrontation is tough enough to deal with. Multiple attackers becomes a fight to survive. Except in the movies.
The wisest defense is, of course, to avoid conflict whenever possible. The consequences of an altercation can be life threatening, and avoiding situations that could lead to violence should be our first instinct. However, if ever confronted with the need for violence to protect you or your family, the proverbial switch needs to go off that allows you to use every dirty trick in the book to make it home safe.
While the instinct for self preservation is strong in us, we are equally capable of great compassion. On September 30th, our new beginner self-defense class kicks off. All proceeds from sign ups on that day will go to Puerto Rico Hurricane relief. Our community has already come through in a huge way with donations of food, medical supplies and sanitary items, and we hope to continue helping the people of the ravaged island.
In times of crisis, we must act to protect ourselves and others. With decisive action, we can make a positive impact, no matter the situation.