Simple Self-Defense Moves You Can Master

Ever wondered how you would react in case of a sudden unforeseeable physical attack? If you and your loved ones were to face sudden and unstoppable harm, would you be able to stand in its way? Modern society inflicts a false sense of security upon modern-day citizens when in reality the dangers of malevolent incidents such as burglaries, robberies or pure hooliganism are just as real now as they were in medieval ages. Luckily, there are highly efficient means of self-defence mechanisms at hand, one could learn with no extensive training, and that could considerably help in these type of situations. Here are some of the basic methods that can ensure safety in violent sudden conflicts.

The First Form of Self-Defense is Prevention

It is a commonly known fact that attackers will generally target vulnerable, distracted and unexpected persons. This way they ensure an upper advantage under the form of surprise, which in most occasions leaves victims frozen to some extent. In order to avoid this type of contexts, one should always have full awareness of his or her surroundings, avoiding secluded or isolated areas and also alternating their daily routes. These are basic security precautions that can help prevent attracting unwanted attention and confrontation.

Besides avoiding direct confrontation, defusing a situation by talking the attacker out of it or by giving them what they want is also preferable in order to avoid violence. However, if the violent outcome is unavoidable, here are some essential techniques of self-defence that will protect you:

  • Push Back – increasing the distance between you and your attackers is mandatory, as this will expand your options considerably; gaining that extra couple of feet distance can prove essential towards a positive outcome of the conflict.
  • Get Loud – even highly trained bodyguards recommend loud vocal reactions in this type of situations, as this will attract the attention of others around you and eventually scare away the attackers.

Essential Body Parts to Kick

If confrontation cannot be avoided, the time before the actual outcome is narrowed down considerably. Thus, in those short moments, before the actual fight unravels, one must conserve all of its energy and focus it on the fastest and most efficient ways to inflict actual damage. In this direction, self-defence experts agree to a range of body parts that are more likely to be targeted, as they are much more prone to be easily hurt.

Another thing experts agree upon is the need to use fists and force when reacting. At this point of the conflict, a violent confrontation can no longer be postponed, thus the upper advantage will be gained by those who react faster and inflict more damage from the start. These are the most sensitive body parts that should represent primary targets of self-defence attacking strategies:

  • The Eyes – scratching, poking or gouging an attacker’s eyes either with knuckles or fingers will be quite effective. Setting aside the amount of pain inflicted, the vision will be significantly altered, allowing more time to escape.
  • The Nose – the most efficient way to strike is through the heel of the palm, placing the hit right under the nose if the attacker is in front. In case the attacker is behind, using the elbow will have just as much impact. When the nasal bones are stricken, a considerable amount of blood will eventually discourage the opponent and leave enough room to get away.
  • The Neck – both the jugular vein and the carotid artery are extremely sensitive parts of the human body, and a well-placed lateral palm hit will temporarily stun the attacker. For maximum damage and if the context allows it, an elbow hit to these areas of the neck will have that much more impact.
  • The Knee – when it comes to self-defence, kneecaps are ideal targets from any angle of hitting. Besides for the fact that your foot will not be in any danger of being caught and immobilized by the opponent, a well-placed kick in the kneecap will leave the attacker partially immobilized and will allow enough time to gain distance from him.

Maximizing the Damage

The first self-defensive weapons at hand are our own body parts, and when it comes to this, using the body’s bony areas will significantly add to the impact of the hit. The best and strongest bony members of the body are the knees, the elbows and the head, and thus, they should represent primary means of attacking an opponent.

In addition to this, using day-to-day objects that are close by can also prove extremely efficient. A pen or a key held in between fingers can be as harmful and damaging as a knife, while if outdoors, throwing sand or dirt from the ground into an opponent’s eyes is bound to leave him incapacitated for enough time to escape the conflict.

Taking advantage of one’s weight can also be crucial in inflicting maximum damage onto an attacker. Regardless of one’s actual weight and size, these can be leveraged through certain positions, in order to increase pressure and inflict maximum damage onto the opponent.

Essential Moves for Releasing from Common Holds

  • Wrist Hold – when the attacker holds your wrist, instead of drawing back, start advancing towards him, putting pressure on his hold until he is no longer able to sustain it.
  • Choke Holds – these can be either frontal or backward, and for both, you must bend the elbow in and push upwards to escape the attacker’s hold.
  • Bear Hug – for this hold, in particular, Krav Maga techniques are the most efficient ones; dropping your weight in order to be able to hit the attacker’s head with your elbow, or pulling the attacker’s fingers back is the most efficient means to get out of this stance.
  • Mount Position – if you are pinned down to the ground by an attacker, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques are the most efficient. Use one hand to hook onto the attacker’s wrist and the other to reach behind his elbow in order to bring his arm close to your chest and trap it. Use one foot to trap both his foot and leg, and then get on top by lifting your hip and turning over on your knees.
  • Sexual Assault – this technique stipulates faking a seeming surrender when the opponent has gotten a complete hold to them, thus making him loosen up just enough to allow an unexpected escape window.

Conclusions

This has been a merely brief review of some of the essential means of self-defense, describing only the largest and most general techniques and circumstances. Real life, however, can always surprise through even more complicated factors, and, in this direction as well as for mastering this discipline completely, finding and following the courses of a good and elaborate self-defence program is highly recommended.

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The Sweet, Animating Contest of Freedom

Guest post by Adam Minson. Catch him on the EVC podcast here.

An important part of the identity of most people is their culture. Where you live in large part determines the type of people with whom you associate, you raise your family, and you interact through mutually beneficial work, trade, business and consumption.

What a very important aspect of your life! Shouldn’t this be something we choose instead of ignorantly accepting the conditioning of the state? “I’m American and we’re the best because… uhh… I was born here.” Most people never actively question that they even ought to have a choice. And if they’re unhappy with their culture they seek to use government to change the culture of everybody to fit their desires!

The destruction of this natural freedom each individual ought to have to choose their culture is one of the greatest evils of government. Why shouldn’t I be able to travel, work and live anywhere in the world? Why shouldn’t I be able to have this very precious freedom?

How often do we hear, “If you don’t like it here then leave!” Who has tried this? I am in the process and trust me, the roadblocks governments put in your way to prevent you from traveling, working and living elsewhere are extreme and outside the capability of most people.

The level of hubris among politicians to force their culture upon everybody is as disgusting as it is angering. But as I sit here waiting on my flight out of the country to investigate another people and place the idea that I even have one additional choice is exciting!

The love for the sweet, animating contest of freedom is something that should be instilled into the souls of children instead of it being conditioned out of them by government schools. Instead of “Do what your told” children should learn “what do you want and how can you achieve it”.

But there is hope for the future because this yearning for freedom is as unquenchable a need for humanity than its need for food. Here’s to an exciting 2018!

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Five Reasons to Consider Homeschooling Your Child

Why are a majority of parents choosing to homeschool their children today? Research has shown that the number has doubled over the last ten years. In any case, if the trend continues, which it should, the number of students studying from home in 2018 will be more than 2 million.

With such impressive numbers, homeschooling should not be overlooked. Besides, although it’s different, it’s still growing in popularity. In this article, we will look at some of the reasons why we need to ‘welcome’ homeschooling!

1. It’s a Change from the Otherwise Negative School Environment

According to the National Household Education Survey, parents are just not comfortable with the negative learning environment in public schools. They are concerned about child bullying. Of course, it’s not something that is recorded in their student’s report cards, and it mostly goes unnoticed.

Teachers and bullying victims will not report cases like the stealing of food or money, physical harm or continuous use of abusive language. So, as a parent, once you know that your child has been beaten up, what should you do? Keeping in mind the physical and psychological torment that it brings.

In the end, homeschooling becomes your best option. You’ll even notice significant improvements not only in their academics but also in their happiness. Also, as you remove bullies from their lives, you improve their social experiences.

2. High Quality Education

According to most parents, learning in our public schools has declined. They say that this is because of factors like common core, state education budgets and increased student enrollments. “There’s dissatisfaction with academic instruction,” this is according to reports from the NHS report.

Homeschooling even gives parents good control of what their children are learning. A majority of parents feel that the current school curriculum is not offering students enough resources. Recently, a college and career readiness report showed some shocking findings. It found that almost half of high school students don’t feel ready for college, at least academically.

Other reports show that various college professors believe that the students joining college today are just not ready. Interestingly, the number has even increased from 14% to 28% within the last ten years. Of course, such loss in confidence is because of a few reasons.

For instance, the crowded classrooms have fewer resources making it hard for teachers to offer one-on-one teaching sessions. However, with homeschooling, you can approve the curriculum that your child is learning and offer self-directed instruction. You can even provide additional lessons to supplement your child’s learning.

Lastly, it’s also proven that most homeschooled students perform better on federal and state tests as compared to their schooled counterparts. It’s shocking to know that a good number of them score 15% to 30% points more than the public school students.

3. Perfect for Disabled Children

Are you raising a ‘special’ child? If you are, then you’re aware of the tough time that they go through while in school. Because of limited time and resources, it’s difficult for a number of these children to get the specific guidelines they need for learning.

However, with homeschooling, you can use a suitable curriculum for children with learning difficulties. Such an approach provides you with additional specialized education tools to give your child a comfortable learning experience.

Another homeschooling benefit is that it does not get rid of all public school learning resources. So, you can still take your child through services such as dyslexia, therapy, remedial classes, physical handicaps, music and even art. Through this, you give them the best of both worlds!

4. Educates Children Once They Visit Other Countries Or States!

According to census data, most people moving to other countries are young families. The research even shows that these are families where the primary breadwinner holds a military or diplomatic position within the government. Therefore, in most cases, they’ll have to travel to different corners of the world.

With such movements, consistent education becomes a considerable challenge. However, with homeschooling, there’s more flexibility. So, you can teach your students to write the best research paper topics or handle a science project from almost any location. This method makes sure that it gets rid of all unnecessary interruptions.

Besides, the lessons that they’ll get follow the national educational guidelines and curriculum. It further ensures that they follow all the learning steps despite their constant travels.

5. Improved Personal Relationship with Your Child

How many hours do you spend with your child? Well, probably not as much as you would like. This lack of time is one of the reasons why most parents rejoice in seeing their sons and daughters return home in the evening. And although this may sound a bit too affectionate, it’s because they missed their company during the day.

Of course, there are still parents who love having a somewhat distant relationship with their children. If you’re such a parent, then homeschooling is not for you. But for those who enjoy the fun and exciting feeling of having their kid around, then homeschooling is a perfect option.

In the past, children used to stay with their parents until marriage. But even after tying the knot, they’ll build and live just near their parents. Although the world is changing from such practices, don’t we still need our children? Keep in mind that the longer they stay in school, the more they drift further from us.

Here, the bonds you had as they were growing up start to dissolve quickly. By the time they reach middle school, you’ll realize that your children relate better to their friends or teachers as compared to you. So, you need to create close relationships with your child and remember that it’s not always about their test scores. With homeschooling, you’ll enjoy enough time with your child and learn more about him or her outside the classroom setting.

Taking your child to school at the age of five is not always easy. Shedding a tear or two in the process is normal. During the day, you’ll miss their clumsiness and playful nature. Besides, you’ll also get worried about their safety while in school. Luckily, homeschooling is a successful method of education that’s proven to deliver fruitful results.

Although public schools are essential learning institutions, sadly, they may not give your child the type of learning that he or she deserves. Therefore, instead of watching as they suffer while in school, these five reasons will provide you with the assurance you need to homeschool your child!

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Three Ways to Become Your Best Self

We see them everywhere. Those people who relentlessly devote their lives to help the poor. They travel to the opposite side of the globe to spend time reaching out to deprived communities. They build schools, provide shelter, give out food, and build potable water sources to help these communities have access to the basic needs they are unable to meet by themselves. Others, commit to their lives to protecting the animals or preserving the environment. All these people are making a difference to the world. Their reach may be limited but the impact their small help makes is huge. And the influence they have is unmistakably real.

Although there is no exact definition as to what being your best self means, it can be agreed upon that it means being able to tap into your potentials and use them to a maximum to make a difference to the world around you. Being your best self is not exclusively about improving your life for yourself only, but instead, of learning how to live a life that touches the lives of other human beings or to the world around us. It also means finding meaning and purpose in your life.

When you watch those individuals who make various differences to this world we live in, you would normally find yourself asking if you are making a difference yourself. Or are you drowning in your work and busy lifestyle, you have no time to look around you. If you often ask yourself what you can do to be the best, here are three ways:

Identify strengths and weaknesses

In television dramas and novels, it can often observed that the “just be yourself” advice is being casually thrown as if being like it can actually solve any problem or make bad situations turn splendid. “Just being yourself”, however, can actually become a hindrance to pursuing your goal to be your best. We are imperfect individuals and we do have qualities that are downright negative. All of us do. And if we just let ourselves be ourselves, it might not take us anywhere.

Identify what your strengths are and how you can make use of them to drive yourself towards your goal. Identifying your weaknesses are is also just as important. If you face them instead of just plainly accepting them as a fact of life, you will find that weaknesses can be tools of advantage for you. A mentor can help you identify these qualities with you. Additionally, no negative qualities are too deeply woven into our system to defeat, even when you believe it runs in the family.

Generosity and compassion

Being able to extend a hand to others means you have to be compassionate, and generous enough to share what you have with them. Generosity is not quantified only with material things. You can be generous with your time – taking a chunk of it to listen to a friend going through an ordeal with cancer, or with your effort – spending some time to help out in preparing a meal for abandoned and orphaned children. You do not just give a part of yourself when you are generous and compassion. It also gives you a sense of purpose in life, and helps you to actually think beyond your personal needs.

Passion

Being passionate in what you are doing will help you get through and overcome challenges that are sure to come your way. The journey to being your best self is not easy and you may be plagued with doubts, fears, and frustrations along the way. But having passion and loving what you are doing is like planting a seed of determination in your heart that will eventually help you find your way back to where you should be.

You may not be able to be like those altruistic individuals featured on televisions that have given up “normal” lives to serve and protect others. But in your own little world, you can be your best self with just the littlest acts of kindness you can shower at wherever your feet have taken you. So go ahead. Make a difference and you might be surprised at the impact it will make in your life as well.

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6 Things Parents Can Take Less Seriously

Parents seem to worry about every aspect of raising their children more than ever, wondering how every decision they make will impact their child’s future. If you lighten up on how you parent, you might raise happier children and feel less stress. You can take the following six things less seriously when it comes to parenting.

Feeding Your Children – Woah, woah, woah. Hold on a minute. You still have to feed them! That’s one of your main responsibilities. BUT so many moms and dads lose sleep at night wondering if their child is eating well enough or if the macaroni and cheese they’re always asking for is going to lead to obesity, depression, and clogged arteries one day.

Much like the controversy between breast and bottle feeding, your child does need healthy food in order to thrive. However, your child will survive if he or she doesn’t eat it at each and every meal. Sometimes the fighting derived from children refusing to eat healthy foods causes more emotional damage than the macaroni and cheese. Work for balance in their diet while encouraging positive eating habits instead of deprivation, anger, and resentment.

Feed Your Baby via Breast or Bottle – Breastfeeding has received much attention across the nation. However, not every mother — or baby — will take to this method of eating. If you choose to give your child formula for whatever reasons, relax. He or she will survive and likely even thrive no matter how they are fed.

Co-Sleeping – Parenting experts have discussed the controversy over co-sleeping for parents and children for years. However, parents might not sleep as well when the baby is in bed with them. While babies who co-sleep might be at lower risk for SIDS according to some professionals, sleep-deprived parents might not care for their child as effectively. This is just another matter where you have to do what is best for your family and not worry so much about what other people’s opinions are.

Traditional Schooling – Public schooling is a hot topic these days. Do kids have too much homework? Is the testing too severe? No matter what’s going on with your child academically, don’t stress. They’re better off having a parent that is happy and supportive than a parent who is pushing their teen for A’s instead of B grades. A drive for learning is developed by positive encouragement and an atmosphere that inspires. Few positive results ever come from forced achievements.

Slamming Doors and Temper Tantrums – Whether it’s a toddler or a teenager, your child is going to get mad at you from time to time. It doesn’t mean they’re going to start sneaking out and committing crimes. It just means they are human. Most likely, the two of you have communication skills to work on. But don’t worry. Let them blow off some steam and when everyone has calmed down, talk about ways you and your child can communicate your frustrations without having to explode in anger.

Constant Supervision – Hovering over every single detail of your child’s activity is also known as helicopter parenting. Constantly monitoring your children (even with the best of intentions) is a sure fire way to limit their exposure to decision making. When you take away their opportunities for making decisions, you create children who grow into adults, unable to care for themselves. Take a step back and give them some breathing room! You’ll find that you are less stressed and worried. You’ll also be pleasantly surprised by how independent your children can be.

Kids Will Be Kids

Sometimes children and teens negative behaviors can be more extreme and in these cases, definitely monitor their behavior for patterns and signs of disorders or cries for help. For the most part though, kids will be kids. They’ll overreact to minor set backs – because to them, these setbacks are some of the hardest trials they’ve ever faced in their short lives. They’ll cry. They’ll huff and puff when they don’t get what they want.

Just remember to love them through it. What’s most important is that you don’t lose their cool when your kids act out. Take a deep breath and do what you have to do to calm down before starting a discussion. If you’re worried your child or teenager might be on a dangerous path to self destruction, find help from a professional for advice, a diagnosis, treatment, or therapy.

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5 Ways Travel Can Change Your Education

You may get several higher educations, read thousands of books and attend hundreds of workshops, but if you never leave your city or country, you will never understand the real world. There are too many things that are not described in the books, and there are even more things that are described from the author’s point of you.

Travels help to understand the real world, and they do that in the most comfortable way for a person. It’s natural, that we better understand things on practice. And travels are the best practice that anyone can afford.

You meet new cultures

Cultures are various. There are many tiny peculiarities which make a huge difference. Even if you travel across your country, you notice them and you start to understand that all people are different.

However, during your first travel abroad you will notice even more changes. Perhaps, when planning the trip, you get to know some basic information on local customs and holidays. But when you see all these things on your own, you start to understand that everything that has been written is just the words.

You capture the atmosphere, you notice the details to which other people do not pay attention, and you actually build your own perception of what you see. That’s priceless.

You meet new people

Worldometers says that currently there are over 7.5 billion people all over the world. Each of them is different. Of course, there are some things that are common to the representatives of one nation, culture, and country, and if you just read about these differences, you’ll never understand how important they are.

Some will say that meeting new people makes us smarter. Indeed, when we start to talk to a new person, we get to know a lot of new things. Just imagine, how many new ideas you can get from the person from another country!

Communicating with new people is like choosing easy compare and contrast essay topics. You find some common ideas and some differences between you and another person, and try to understand what makes you different and what makes you the same. 

You learn how to manage time and money

Although travels are great, they do need your time and money.

If you are still a student, perhaps the biggest problem for you is money. Fortunately, today you do not need to buy expensive tickets to travel a lot. Make use of low cost airlines, but remember that you will save money if only you are traveling with backpack. Hitchhiking is also a great way to see more new places for less money. Free accommodation can always be found on such websites as Couchsurfing.

If you already work, the problem is quite more complicated for you. You definitely don’t have enough time. However, you have vacations and day-offs, and it’s enough to visit the nearby city or make 2-hour flight to some distant places.

You start to understand different life priorities

As you meet new people and new cultures, you start to notice that not everyone wants to have a perfect career or to get a family. Everyone has different priorities. Frequently, these priorities are presupposed by the mentality.

For instance, Americans prefer to leave parents and home while starting to study at college, while Greeks feel absolutely great about living together with the parents till 30.

You become more tolerant

Again, exploring new cultures and customs, you start to perceive the world like it is. Some regions and nations have traditions that seem to be cruel, but they don’t see any cruelty in that. This is their story and they have got used to it. You cannot judge them for the things that are the part of their culture.

Travels do help to increase your tolerance. When traveling abroad, you will notice how other people react to different life situations and perhaps that will help you to change the way you react to these situations. In personal education and self-development, finding a model of behavior can become a rather good decision if you want to change something in your life.

Do you still hesitate that you need to travel more? If the beautiful Instagram photos and stories of your friends do not inspire you to buy a ticket, we hope that our list will help you to make this step. For many, travels is not what they want to share with other people, but what they keep for their personal development. Perhaps, you are one of them, and all you need is to stop being afraid of traveling!

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