Violence by any one on innocent people is absolutely abhorent. Unfortunately the news everyday is full of stories of bashings and murders many of which are carried out by peple that he victims knew (apparently the statistics suggest 75% of victims knew their attackers. One of the most recent high proflie attacks was that of Chris Brown on his girl friend Rihanna. I have included below a video, passed onto me by my FAST defense colleagues, that was made reenacting the event as per the police notes taken from Rihanna’s testimony.
This attack was a despicable, cowardly act by a formally respected member of the celebrity establishment that are, in many cases whether they care or not, role models for our young people.
I would also though like to make a comment, that may seem to some as PC incorrect, regarding Rihanna’s actions. Was it personal naivety, celebrity ego or arrogance exacibated the events that led to Rihanna being brutally bashed by boy friend Chris Brown?
If the reenactment is accurate, a lesson must be learned from the act of making the provocative phone call to someone telling them to make sure the cops were at her home when they got there. This call was made in the presence of someone who had a previous history of violence toward her and with a big celebrity ego.
Decisions require emotive input to be made and there is strong evidence that we make our decisions based on emotion and then rationalize them. Threatening a bid ego could potentially result in triggering rage that, once initiated, would run until it was exhausted leaving irrevocable damage in its’ wake.
My point is that if the call hadn’t been made by the victim the situation may have calmed down. Unfortunately the call would almost certainly have exacibated a situation that could potentially have been calmed down until the victim was in a safer, more secure position.
The first area of effective self defense knowledge and preparedness is awareness. I have come across many examples in my time teaching self defense of people who have that naive and/or arrogant belief that they will never be attacked. This is particularly evident with many of todays people who live in more developed countries, young and old.
In the case of the young many of your atackers are known to you (note the statistic on the video). To illustrate my point further, I would like to add that I live in a country that is supposed to be a “nice ” place to bring up your kids, New Zealand, here we are regularly experiencing “thrill attacks” in which gangs of young youths pickout victims and beat them so badly that they are severely maimed and even killed (and we don’t have easy access to guns), and as for adults please get it into your heads it can happen to you and most attackers don’t care about your status, they just want their kicks or your money and they could take your life. Again I relate the story of a young office worker in his 30’s beaten to death with a baseball bat while walking home after having a few drinks with his workmates after work. This occurred on a main street and was perpetrated by a group of young thugs driving around in a Mercedes looking for a victim.
I urge you if you to examine your own beliefs on your self defense ability and needs and develop an awwareness of your suroundings and behaviour.
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