Protective Offense is a new paradigm of self defense that puts the emphasis on Common Sense, Personal Responsibility, Good Judgement, Perceptiveness and Problem Solving ability, especially under pressure. Call it the 4 P’s: Preparation, Problem Solving, Personal Responsibility and Perspicacity*, a word we don’t hear often that means common sense, shrewdness and perceptiveness all rolled into one.
This is not to say that Protective Offense isn’t physical. Physicality is an important part of self protection, not least because a strong mind is encouraged by a strong body.
But force alone does not protect us. And thank goodness. A predator’s job is to find the best prey. If force were the answer to everything, there would be no hope at all for the injured, the elderly, the pregnant, the sick. But small animals routinely fight off larger opponents with trickery, speed and the element of surprise. These are tactics that need to be considered in situations where the target of a physical attack is smaller and weaker than the aggressor.
Protective Offense skills are not just a collection of physical techniques, but a complete three dimensional picture of how we interact with the world. These skills can enhance our lives on all levels while keeping us out of trouble and helping us get out if we find ourselves in a jam.
Protective Offense takes a longer view and seeks to help us deal with feelings of vulnerability, insecurity, fear, anxiety. Feelings a lot of us live with. Feelings that cause us to lash out. Feelings that make us targets of abuse, lonliness, depression, desperation. All emotions that can cause reactions that get us into trouble.
Protective Offense lives in a strange new place that falls between Self Defense, Leadership and Self Help.
The term “Protective Offense” is also a more active one, meant to replace the legal term, “Self Defense” which tells the judge why you hit him with the baseball bat, but in practice, doesn’t cover other people we are responsible for (“self”) or put us in the proper mindset to protect our families against the odds (“defense” rather than “offense”).
Protective Offense implies offense for the purpose of self defense. Think offense as in chess, preparing several steps ahead, seeing a few moves ahead, projecting our desired outcome or best case scenario and being the masters of our own existence. ~ Read More