This article applies very much to those of us living in South Africa.

hi-jack I don’t know many people who haven’t been affected either directly or indirectly by violent crime in South Africa. It is the norm to live in houses resembling forts or prisons. It is a rare sight to see a house without electric fencing surrounding it. Murders, hi-jackings and rapes don’t even make the papers.

A conversation with a friend could go like this:
“Did you hear? Jon Smith from school was killed in a hi-jacking yesterday”.
“Oh really! Shame… Let’s go grab a cappuccino and hit the gym.”

It is natural for a person to become used to their environment if they are in it for a long period of time. The abnormal becomes normal. We become blind to what is going on around us. Unfortunately, due to this, complacency sets in and the vigilance that we should have begins to lapse. It is when vigilance lapses that we become targets. There are many easy to implement home safety precautions to take and habits we can form to minimize the risk of become victims to yet another violent crime.

Here is an article I wrote for the Dainfern magazine recently. It offers some good, basic defensive measures and self-defence tips. Click on it for a larger view.
Home Defence

Champion quoteWhen working at a level of excellence, everybody has skill. It is no longer a precious commodity. The rare commodity is will. The people who have the skill and the will are no longer merely excellent, but champions. It is these few who have the grit to be immortalized as legends.

Champions are not affected by bad days. They know they come with the territory. A bad day does not define a champion. A champion knows that bad days pass – he will train regardless, because these days will make him stronger when it counts. He knows that the good days always come back around. A champion will not allow a pebble to knock his castle down.

Ali ChampChampions realize the true benefit of time and effort. When basic training becomes mundane and easy because it has been repeated so often, a champion does it anyway. When the hard stuff becomes a walk in the park, a champion does it anyway. A champion knows that repetition is what hones and perfects skill. He knows that as long as he has the will, he will find himself standing at the top of the heap.

A champion knows that skill is easy. He is not content with skill alone; he is after something far greater.

A champion doesn’t dream the impossible dream – he makes it a reality.

Internet WarriorEvery time I visit a martial arts website or facebook page I see a bunch of insulting comments from “trolls” and everybody joins into the fray, often becoming mindless, numb morons themselves.

I have found that martial arts “trolls” are low level nobodies with next to no experience in either martial arts, or life. They are big mouths and have strong opinions that they are happy to defend from behind the safety of their keyboards and screens. They are there to stir the pot and offer baseless, unfounded opinions. Nothing more!

keep-calmI agree that not everybody will see eye to eye on matters regarding martial arts and would like to have their opinions heard, but throwing out random insults is really hitting a pathetic low. If you think differently, give your opinion but back it up with why you think that way, not just “(Enter the name of your martial art here) is shit!”, or something to the like. There is a difference between brainless arguing and debating.

Personally, I made a pact years ago to keep out of petty martial arts arguments. There is no convincing closed minded fools of anything outside of their limited perspective. I believe that the proof is in the pudding. Any energy wasted on typing negative nonsense can be better spent on positive gains in training.Turning kick While the keyboard warriors get fat and stupid, I get stronger and more skilled, thus, making me better at my chosen martial art while they become even more of a disgrace to theirs – if they even do martial arts in the first place.

I appeal to any real martial artists to keep out of these frays. Let the scavengers fight for the scraps among themselves while the lions eat the feast.

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