SELF-DEFENSE TIPS FROM CORDELIA CLANCY
By Cordelia Clancy
Photograph by George Sakkestad
Cordelia Clancy of Concrete
Jungle Self Defense
demonstrates a head-crushing tactic on Eric Soltanoff.
There is something truly
liberating in knowing you can be your own hero if necessary. The
most precious thing our Concrete Jungle self-defense course gives
to students is the freedom to live life as fully as they wish, without
being shackled by fears. The confidence and skills you gain allow
you to travel the world unafraid, hike forest trails whenever you
wish, or perhaps just to go to the store late at night; these skills
are your ticket to choices made out of strength and freedom, instead
The first line of personal
defense is always avoidance and prevention, so here are some tips
to help keep you out of harm's way:
1) Expand your level of
awareness by tuning back into nature: what do you see, hear, smell,
feel, sense? By extension you will be aware of being watched, approached,
footsteps behind you . . .
2) Be assertive if someone
is invading your personal space or violating your boundaries. Boundary
violation is a common victim compliance test or interview.
3) Always trust your gut instincts. Remove yourself from any situation that
4) Never walk or jog with headphones on: they make you easy to catch off guard.
5) Carry an improvised
weapon, such as a pen, in you hands or shirt pocket. Stab attackers
eyes and throat if attacked.
6) Check to see if someone
is underneath your car as you approach it. Check the back seat before
getting in. Use the window reflection to make sure no one is closing
in from behind.
7) Wear clothes that enable
you freedom of movement.
8) If you make eye contact
with oncoming people, break contact on a level plane. Looking down
projects weakness and submission.
9) Carry yourself with
confidence - head up, scanning your surroundings. Predators choose
victims who appear unaware, timid, or lost. Remember it's hard to
project confidence unless you have something (like the skills!) to
back it up.
10) Be prepared. Invest
the time and effort to learn how to protect yourself and your loved
ones. We would much prefer to train you on foresight than on hindsight
. . .
Copyright 1998 Cordelia
Cordelia Clancy is an Executive Protection Specialist (Bodyguard)
and a black belt instructor in Tukong Moosul, the martial art used
to train elite South Korean Special Forces. She writes instructional
articles for Black Belt and Karate Kung-Fu Illustrated - two of the
top martial arts magazines in the world. Clancy created Concrete Jungle
Self-DefenseT to train people how to become their own bodyguards. She
now trains people from all walks of life, from students to military
personnel, from corporations to government agencies.
more information on Concrete Jungle Self Defense, contact Cordelia
Clancy at 408-257-2042 or visit her web site at
Jungle Self Defense