Self-defense author Marc “Animal” MacYoung has written some colorfully titled books on self-defense and street survival throughout the years. These include Cheap Shots, Ambushes, and Other Lessons: A Down and Dirty Book on Streetfighting and Survival; Taking It to the Street: Making Your Martial Art Street Effective; Ending Violence Quickly: How Bouncers, Bodyguards, and Other Security Professionals Handle Ugly Situations; Becoming A Complete Martial Artist: Error Detection in Self-Defense and the Martial Arts; Secrets of Effective Offense: Survival Strategies for Self-Defense, Martial Arts, and Law Enforcement and a slew of others including DVDs as well.
When I asked Marc to provide a short Safety Tip, this is the advice he gave:
Give Yourself Permission To Leave:
This is such an important concept to accept. Many people, because of ego or other internal driving forces, stay in dangerous situations, when leaving could prevent so many bad things from happening.
If you sense something is wrong, leave. Yes, it really can be that simple. As Marc points out in the video, you don’t have to know what is wrong, just that something isn’t right. Leave! Get out of the danger zone. Too many victims later tell police, “I knew something wasn’t right…”
Of course, I’m going to mention that it is being aware that most often alerts you to something not being right. So pay attention and remember to be aware. If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter and downloaded the free guide to situational awareness, be sure to do so.
Always know, it is okay to leave. It doesn’t make you less of anything to avoid trouble and danger and leave to someplace safe. That’s just a smart survival strategy.
For a lot more on self-defense, staying safe, and survival, be sure to visit Marc MacYoung’s information packed website: No Nonsense Self-Defense.