My brother Ab passed away tragically and unexpectedly on November 10, 2016.
We had become very close over the last three years, yet he’d always been helpful to his ‘little’ sister. So when I asked him to be my model and target for my book’s self defense section, he asked, “When and where?”
Round House Kicks to the Sister
Mind you, I started with three older brothers, 7, 9, or 11 years older than me. When Kurt, the oldest, studied jiu jitsu he passed his new ‘knowledge’ on to his siblings at home. I was probably seven when I learned to do a round house kick to the temple. My tall brothers, however, were out of range of my leg’s extended reach. But I was an easy target! For a period of time I lived amidst a flurry of slow-motion straight and round kicks directed towards my head and torso, miraculously never making contact. Maybe Ab remembered he owed me one.
Unarmed Self Defense
Unarmed self defense is when a person has to ward off an aggressor, or fight for her life, with no weapons at hand. After extensive research, I’ve chosen to promote a ‘method’ that’s proved to be highly effective in hand-to-hand combat in both World Wars; with some techniques going back to early Rome. These moves, steeped in early Jiu Jitsu, were codified in numerous books by Britain’s Major William Fairbairn as early as 1915, and refined his American protégé Lt. Col. Rex Applegate.
What You’ll Find in My Book
In Part 3, Self Defense, in At Home In the Real World, I cover 11 well known Body Weapons that you have right now, and 17 vulnerable Targets found on every person. Strikes are demonstrated. Each move’s intent is explained. But those come after training tips and practice pointers from incredible mentors, each of whom offers critical advice on mindset–the determined will to fight when you must, and do what it takes to prevail.
A Suite of Tools
My brother was a devout Catholic. He consistently prayed for God to take care of the people he loved. I’m all for that. And I go one further: prayer and preparedness. I’m not a big, strong guy like he was. Little sister wants a suite of tools at the ready, just in case.