Protecting yourself
The practical psychic self-defense handbook : a survival guide : combat psychic attacks, evil spirits & possession
Robert Bruce.
Charlottesville, VA : Hampton Roads Pub Co., c2011.
It is Not All in Your Head. Our minds are often subject to influences from unseen spiritual sources that can influence how we think, feel, and act. These forces can make us unhappy, irritable, confused, unstable, and even crazy. They can psychically attack us and even cause pain and disease.
Understanding the use of handguns for self-defense : what you need to know
David Nash.
Flushing, NY : Looseleaf Law Publications, 2011.
To help beginning and non-expert gun owners make informed choices, Nash, a former marine corps officer and prison supervisor who now works as an emergency management planner and firearms instructor, discusses what handguns do, how they work, and what to look for in a gun. He addresses the importance of mindset and training; the psychological and physical aspects of a gunfight; legal and ethical issues; safety and storage; choosing, operating, carrying, and shooting a gun; cleaning and maintenance; and tactics and myths. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Essential book of martial arts kicks : learn to unleash a devasting barrage of kicks to throw your opponent off-guard!
by Marc De Bremaeker and Roy Faige ; illustrations by: Shahar Navot.
Tokyo : Tuttle Pub., 2010.
An effectively delivered kick can mean life instead of death in a self-defense situation, and glory rather than shame in the ring. When a larger or more powerful opponent is intent on inflicting harm, the superior strength of your legs can be used to tip the balance in your favor. However, gaining proficiency takes training and insight. Essential Book of Martial Arts Kicks has one purpose: to help readers hone their kicking proficiency so that they can readily deploy the most powerful tool in the fighter's repertoire.
Modern hand-to-hand combat : ancient samurai techniques on the battlefield and in the street
Hakim Isler ; with a foreword by Stephen K. Hayes.
Tokyo : Rutland, Vt. : Tuttle Pub., c2010.
Today's ground soldier can carry up to 60 pounds of equipment. The trade off for this protection is a lack of mobility. In a close proximity situation, the modern combat soldier is at a decided disadvantage compared to his more nimble opponent.

InModern Hand to Hand Combat, Isler, a veteran soldier who served in Iraq, has blended the ancient techniques of the samuraiówarriors carrying 60 pounds of armorówith the battlefield combat needs of today's modern soldier. Step-by-step instructions are provided, illustrating how to effectively deal with life and death situations through movements and principles that have held true since the time of the samurai. With almost three hundred illustrations and a detailed DVD, the guidelines and instructions in this book can greatly enhance the fighters' ability to survive in combat.
Spiritual protection : a safety manual for energy workers, healers, and psychics
by Sophie Reicher.
Franklin Lakes, NJ : New Page Books, c2010.
Spiritual Protection: A Safety Manual for Energy Workers, Psychics, and Healersis a training handbook for anyone interested in deepening their psychic abilities, training gifts already in evidence, or simply developing a greater sensitivity to energy. This no-nonsense book, with its special emphasis on safety, protection, and energetic awareness, takes readers step by step through a thorough system of exercises designed to increase competence, confidence, and skill. Focusing on oft-neglected fundamentals, Reicher cuts through the complexity and confusion so often surrounding this topic and instead offers clear instructions and explanations that even the most novice of readers can easily follow. Spiritual Protectionwill show: Psychics and Readers how to cut mental ties at the end of session. Healers how to avoid energetic overload during a session. Techniques can be used everyday to help with stress and overall well-being.

Self defense is important. No one should be threatened with violence at any time or place. Using self defense may be necessary to secure your safety.

Use self defense to secure your safety.

There are some precautionary measures that you can take so as not to be a target.

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Carry car keys in your hand
  • Keep car doors locked at all times
  • Travel in numbers
  • If you think you're being followed change directions or head to a crowded area
  • Hold your purse close to your body
  • Carry your wallet in the front pants pocket

Using Weapons

Natural weapons are all around you. They can be used in conjuction with self-defense techniques.

hair spray

Natural weapons

Because you may encounter a variety of situations, learning basic self defense techniques can help you escape from harm's way. Self-defense techniques are not difficult to learn and you can do them at any age. Practicing self defense techniques in your daily life will increase your safety awareness and you will less likely become a victim.

Some basic self defense techniques include:

  • Stance - at an indication of an attack, step back with your strong side away from the attacker, raise your open hands to face level and tell the person to stop.
  • Blows - aim at any part of the body and strike through the point with your hands, elbows, knees, legs or feet.
  • Roll falls - stay relaxed and somersault without using your hands, landing on your knees.

Find out in your community where self defense techniques are being taught. Learning the proper self defense techniques, you can stop someone trying to hurt you or someone you care about.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff