In a good way and even in a bad way.
Adding a little self defense mentality can go a long way.
You have society on your side.
Potential criminals (for the most part) won’t just obnoxiously run
up to you in front of a crowd and take your things.
These criminals are looking for an opportune situation. As long as you are aware of your surroundings, you can prevent yourself from ever falling into one of these situations.
Your own body is a part of your surroundings.
It would be a foolish decision to count cash in public. This is something you should be aware of, and instead count your cash privately.
The ultimate holiday shopping self defense tip is to simply be aware.
Be aware of where a potential pick pocket is, and what a potential pick pocket is looking for.
The Pick Pocket
Pickpockets thrive on holiday shopping.
There are crowds of people, loaded with cash and jewelry who know nothing about practical self defense.
Get inside the mind of the pick pocket.
They are looking for crowds.
Pay attention when in a crowd.
Don’t forget where all your belongings are.
Avoid dark areas.
Keep your wallet in your front pockets.
Don’t let your bag or purse hang behind you. Everything valuable should be positioned up front where your eyes and hands can follow them at all time.
Wear simple, comfortable, and non-flowing clothing.
The biggest aspect of holiday shopping self defense is being prepared.
Pay attention and stay safe.
Dealing With Your Car
Another holiday shopping hotspot for thieves is your vehicle.
Pay attention to where you parked.
Don’t park in a dark corner.
Park where it’s bright. Even if this means you have to park further away, putting yourself in a favorable position is the
centerpiece of holiday shopping self.
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Sensei Chris Feldt is the owner and chief instructor of Samurai Karate Studio, a leadership academy located in Northeast Columbia, South Carolina. His school teaches karate to children and adults ages 4 and up. SKS specializes in self-defense, anti-bullying, stranger danger and character and leadership development.
Mr. Feldt was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for college credit in karate and self-defense. Samurai Karate Studio has been recognized as a leader in martial arts instruction by being honored with the Best of Columbia Award for 5 consecutive years in a row.
Sensei Feldt has been a guest speaker in the Richland 2 School District covering school talks on stranger danger, anti-bullying strategies, kindness, and making good choices. He is available for both private and corporate self-defense seminars.
Samurai Karate Studio is also a proud member of MAAB, Martial Artists Against Bullying, a nationwide program made up of martial arts schools throughout the country that are committed to helping children who are victims of bullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, we are here to help. But, you have to take the first step and either call us at 803-462-9425 or email us at: [email protected]
Bullying is one of the most serious issues we face today and with the right coaching, students can learn how to defeat the bully using non-violent strategies.