One of the things often overlooked in self-defense training is developing the use of your voice to help in a self-defense situation.
Yes. It may seem a bit odd but training to use your voice in the correct way is an essential tool in controlling a possibly violent situation.
If trained specifically and in isolation, it can have a positive effect on all aspects of any training system. This is because it has a direct route to increasing confidence and with increased confidence you,
breath better under pressure
you have better self-control
because you have a higher level of control, you have a clearer focus and deal better with the tunnel vision that pressure brings
project a more all-round confident persona which can affect your assailant’s belief in their own ability to carry out an assault
How is it possible to disrupt a violent attack before it happens?
By understanding what is actually happening in the attack process it is possible to defend yourself against a violent attack without resorting to violence.
Once the process is something you understand you can train in methods to deal with it, be they psychological or physical.
You can develop skills to react to the threat, nullify it or avoid it. Personal safety aside, once you are closer to a potentially dangerous situation, there really are things you can do to avoid violence.
Understanding the threat process
I know this might be stating the obvious, but understanding what is really happening when you are being set up to be attacked is the key to avoiding it.
To do this we can use violent assault or attack “models” such as “The 5 stages of violent crime” or a “crime triangle” to help analyse what is happening.
Firstly, let’s look at “The 5 stages of violent crime”