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First Defense: Anxiety and Instinct for Self Protection

First Defense: Anxiety and Instinct for Self Protection

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Anxiety happens whether you like it or not. It's your body's way of telling you something is wrong here. Learning how to use anxiety as a personal weapons for self-defense is the best way you can achieve awareness and avoidance, which are the first two steps learned in self-defense preparedness training.

Everyone is born with an instinctual survival mechanism. In fact, it has kept humankind safe for millennia. Unfortunately, most of us have been conditioned to ignore it. That's dangerous.

  • Understand why your instincts are the key to making the right decisions.
  • Recognize how anxiety is the link between decision-making and instinct.
  • Learn how to be completely in the moment, so you can coordinate anxiety and instinct into a highly effective decision-making process.

You will learn how to develop personal safety skills by doing thought exercises, both in your home and in public spaces. These important exercises will help you become more aware of your surroundings and empower you to make the right decision on what or who to avoid.

First Defense should be read by most people, including:

  • Parents
  • College students (especially females)
  • Teachers
  • Seniors
  • Martial artists
  • Employees of midsize to large companies

Author: David Hopkins
Publisher: YMAA Publication Center
Published: 10/01/2015
Pages: 144
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.65lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781594393426

Review Citation(s):
Foreword 11/24/2015

About the Author
Dr. David Hopkins Jr., Ph.D. is a psychologist with 21 years of experience combining psychological principles relating to violence and psychotherapy with martial arts, self-defense, close protection, and in investigative work against terrorists and criminal elements, including organized crime. He has taught psychology relating to violence at universities in both the U.S. and overseas, and is Chief of the Israeli Krav Maga Association, Gidon System, in Germany, holds Black Belts in Judo and Ju-Jitsu. He also serves as a consultant to an international paramilitary and close protection team and is co-owner of Israeli School Security, a school security consulting and training firm. David Hopkins resides in Germany.

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