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It was asked of Mahatma Ghandi, " What do you think of Western Civilization?"  

His reply was, " I think it would be a good idea!"

Today in these United States, we are inundated with all types of crime. The following statistics are from 1989 and have risen steadily ever since:

More crimes are committed in the southern states then anywhere else:

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SOUTHERN STATES-----------37%

WESTERN STATES-------------24%

 MIDWEST STATES--------------21%


Out of the top 25 DANGEROUS CITIES in the U.S., ten (10) are from the good old South. Crime is and has always been on an upswing, increasing every year from city to city and state to state. Why is this so?


FEAR plays a large part in the rise of crime. The ordinary citizen and shopkeeper are fearful when faced with the criminal type. Is this fear logical? Should we be afraid to walk our own neighborhoods or city streets?

I say, NO!!


The human body is equipped with two (2) ADRENAL GLANDS, one on top of each kidney. The glands secrete hormones, (adrenaline, non-adrenaline and corticosteroids), which are responsible for the physiological changes that accompany fear. Your overall energy level is stimulated. Your blood pressure rises to supply more blood to the muscles of your body you will most need to get you out of the confrontation in one piece; skeletal muscles of the arms, legs, back, chest and stomach. To provide this extra blood, some is diverted away from the face, neck and head. This diversion of blood away from the head causes some people to faint when frightened.

Mentally, you are stimulated. You become totally alert, razor sharp. Thanks to the hormones released by the Adrenal glands, your concentration is at a peak.

If you are a trained fighter, this jolt of hormones will make you a dangerous adversary. But, if you wait to long to act, either fight or run away, your un-metabolized hormones begin to play havoc with your system. You feel weak all over, nauseous. Your legs and arms start trembling and shaking. You can't think clearly, you lose your composure. You are out of control. Your body plays tricks on you.


ANGER, creeps in and takes control of your fear. Anger, physiologically speaking, produces a similar response to that of fear. Unlike fear, though, anger causes additional blood to be supplied to the face, neck and head. You appear flushed. This is because the head is a potent offensive weapon and as such gets its fair share of blood.

Your opponents will sense your anger is extreme. Somehow, we intuitively know to stay away from an angry opponent. We know that opponent is dangerous.

What will help most individuals in a fight or flight situation? TRAINING!!

No, not training for some sporting event like a tournament. But, training for reality and street survival. Many styles of martial arts work on one or two areas of self-defense only, not seeing the whole picture.

Never box with a boxer, never kick with a kicker, never grapple a wrestler. If trained in one art only, then how can you defeat all who come at you with different strategy.

There are several systems of self-defense that train for street reality: SUNGJA-DO, HAPKIDO, AIKI-JUJITSU, SILAT, KALI to mention a few.

  • The "FIGHT or FLIGHT response", is triggered by intense FEAR or ANGER.

    The heart rate increases, the blood pressure rises to supply more blood to skeletal muscles of legs, arms, back and chest, preparing them for maximum exertion; overall energy level is stimulated.

  • You are mentally sharp; concentration is at a peak.

  • You may appear pale when afraid, flushed when angry; your pupils dilate and your saliva flow is inhibited.

  • Unspent adrenaline causes trembling, mental confusion and nausea.

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