The first goal is always avoidance, but should you find yourself in a threatening situation, your ability to defend yourself plays an important role in your confidence and ability to protect yourself, family or close friends.
- Do you train in a martial art, boxing, wrestling or other defensive tactic type system that could help you? And how much training do you have?
- Have you taken a self defense course?
- Are you physically fit?
- What is your state of mind?
Being smart and using your brain in any situation will always be safer than becoming physically involved if you have a choice!
As stated above, the first goal is always avoidance of a situation. This means you may need to check your ego at the door!
You are in a store and someone pulls a knife on you. You have taken some martial arts classes and think “ I got this”. The next moment you are laying on the ground bleeding to death. Only involve yourself in situations you have the training to deal with. Your first instinct in this situation should have been to run – nothing else!