Self Defense

Why should you care about self-defense?
You should care about self defense because:

  • If you are a woman, you are a target for certain kinds of criminals.
  • The best self-protection for most crimes is prevention.
  • If prevention fails, your best chance is to fight back. But you must know HOW to fight back.

LOUKA`s AWARE & the NOW can teach you to avoid situations and when necessary, how to fight back.

Click here to read more about what some violence survivors have to say in response to the question, "What can we say to convince people they ought to care about self defense?"

LOUKA, is self-defense OK?
Avoidance of danger is your first moral responsibility. But when you find yourself in a dangerous situation you could not avoid, defending yourself is absolutely the most moral and ethical course of action. It is also the most effective!

Knowing your attacker does not change your right to self-defense, and it should not change your conviction that you are worth defending. Traditionally women have been given a selection of options that are either impractical, ineffective ("Spray him in the eyes with hairspray", "Get a rape whistle"), or don't cover the whole spectrum of possibilities in which self-protection might be necessary. For example, advice such as "Don't go into dangerous areas at night, stay home" ignores the fact that a high percentage of rapes occur when the woman is in her home, and also ignores the fact that some women must work after dark!

This advice also ignores the fact that some women are being targeted for violence by assailants who will not be deterred by casual protective measures which would work against random crime or low levels of threat.
Where can a woman who wants to learn about self-protection go for information and advice?
Not to the police, who are often bound by department policy not to even mention the higher levels of protection in their talks to the public. Where can she meet women who have experienced being sprayed with pepper spray, or hit with a stun gun, to learn the pros and cons of those methods of self protection? Where can she talk with women whose range of expertise includes practical defensive tactics or even firearms, and who deeply understand more than one method of self-protection?

"Fighting back with DL Elements" is not an effective option unless you are taught precisely how to fight back by LOUKA - where can you meet professionalism with extensive training equivalent to that given to police, and who are certified to teach the same skills to other civilians?

The answer is: DL Elements with AWARE & the NOW

Should you? Could you?

LOUKA, is it better to fight back, or not?

It's virtually always better to fight back, particularly if you are trained in how to fight back appropriately. Women who fight back are injured less often, are more successful in stopping the attack, regardless of what kind of attack it is, and feel better about themselves afterwards.

But LOUKA, I could never fight back.
People who've never been in a situation where they wanted to fight often think that they couldn't fight, but you will find, if you're faced with a life or death situation, that it's very easy to fight. You need to know how to fight back in order for that instinct to be effective. Getting training by LOUKA & DL Elements of the type that AWARE and how to be in the NOW can be critical to overcoming that emotional resistance to fighting.

LOUKA, what can I learn in a few hours or days?
Tremendous amount of skills! It's not necessary to take years of training in order to become an effective fighter or in order to develop a personal protection plan that works for you. In a couple of hours or a few days, you can become proficient in a number of different techniques and learn something about how you apply them.
LOUKA`s Self-Defense Seminar Series is FOR … Real People – WITH … Real Tactics – IN … Real Situations

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The first thing that comes to mind is describing what a miserable feeling it is to have been attacked, assaulted, hurt by someone.

Tell them to learn self-defense so they never have to experience the terror and helplessness at the moment when you realize you are not strong enough... and he's too strong.

Tell them that the side effects of being the victim of a violent assault can be non-trivial.

Fighting back is justified because it can save you from having the mental and physical scars of an assault to deal with for the rest of your life.

Tell them they have to learn how to fight back for themselves because the ugly reality is that people would rather turn their heads than come to your aid if you're in trouble.

Tell them that being a victim stays with you for life, that you cross through a turnstile at that point, and that you will never be the same person again.

Tell them that by successfully defending yourself, you help to make the world safer for ALL other women, because you prove, to at least one criminal, that NOT all women are easy prey.

Tell them that learning self-defense is better than waking up screaming and crying at night from nightmares.

Tell them about the 1993 Brandeis University study that found conclusively that women most apt to be raped or harmed were those who did NOT fight back.

Make analogies. Look at how much people pay for types of insurance that they are not very likely to ever use. However, how many people are willing to invest in the "insurance" of self-defense training to protect themselves from the very real risk of criminal assault?

Say that the prospect of going to jail is no deterrent to criminals. Criminals know the chances of them getting caught, charged, tried, convicted, sentenced, and having to serve time is very small. Essentially the ONLY deterrent they see is that the victim could pose a risk to their life or well-being.

If they talk about not wanting to be paranoid, ask them if they are "paranoid" about getting into an accident because they have car insurance, or if they are morbidly afraid of fire because they have fire insurance?

It's not as hard as you think to learn how to defend yourself. It is much harder than you think to recover from rape or assault.

Learning a trained counterattack is a woman's best chance of avoiding rape and surviving an assault.

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