Are you concerned about crime and violence?

Would you like to know you could take care of yourself if you had to ?

You don’t have to be a victim!

Be safe, confident and in control. This will be part 1 of several blogs covering the importance of mental and physical well-being.

The first consideration is – AWARENESS!

Awareness of your surroundings is one of the most important elements, and is one of the most effective methods of avoiding frightening or dangerous situations.

Awareness is the ability to perceive, feel, or be conscious of what is happening around you. In the context of self-defence, awareness means being alert and attentive to potential threats and dangers within your environment. It involves being aware of your surroundings, people around you, and any potential hazards.

Heightened awareness skills allow us to detect and avoid or de-escalate a potential physical assault.

There are two levels of awareness – external and internal.

External awareness  involves asking questions such as, ‘What is the physical and emotional environment that I am in?’ ‘ Is there suspicious activity of any sort?’

Internal awareness is our intuition, sixth sense or gut feeling. The denial of internal awareness is the common ‘this won’t happen to me’ attitude. This type of thinking is pervasive and can be life threatening!

Here are some reasons why awareness is extremely important for your well-being and personal safety:


By being vigilant and alert in your environment you can identify potential threats, take proactive steps to avoid dangerous situations, maintain control over a situation, and empower yourself to remain safe.

Whilst physical defensive techniques are important, they are only effective when combined with awareness and a proactive mindset, thereby increasing  our chances of avoiding or surviving an attack.

Remember, the best defence is often prevention, so always stay alert and aware of potential dangers in your environment.

N.B. The best way to win a fight is to avoid it altogether!

Next blog we will discuss the colour code of combat and proactive avoidance strategies as well as the mindset of the assailant.

Mervyn Nelis

 July 2023