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NASA's 24 Ways To Help Prevent Child Abductions

Young Children Should:

Never say they are alone if they answer the phone; they can offer to take a message or say their parents will phone back.

• Never answer the door if they are alone.

• Not invite anyone into their house without the permission of a parent or babysitter.

• Not go into another person's house with letting anyone know where they are.

• Never get into anyone's car without a parent's permission.

• Not take candy or other gifts from strangers or anyone else without asking a parent first.

• Never play in deserted buildings or isolated areas.

• Scream as loud as possible and scatter books or belongings if they are forced toward a building or into a car.

• Move away from any car that pulls up beside them if they do not know the driver.

• Be taught their full telephone number and address.

• Be taught that it's alright to say "no" to an adult if that person wants them to do something you've taught them is wrong.

• Know that no one has the right to touch any part of their body that a bathing suit would cover.

• Tell you, school authorities or a police officer about anyone who exposes their private parts.

• Tell you if someone has asked them to keep a secret from you.

• Go to the nearest cashier if lost or separated from you in a store or mall.

Teens Should:

• Tell you where they are at all times or leave a written or recorded message at home.

• If attacked for money, jewelry or clothing, give it up rather then risk injury.

• Avoid shortcuts through empty parks, fields, laneways or alleys.

• Run home or go to the nearest public place and yell for help if they are being followed.

• Feel that they can talk to you and call you to pick them up any time, any place.

Parents Should:

• Avoid clothing and toys with your child's name visibly on it. A child is less likely to fear someone that knows their name.

• Never leave a child alone in a public place, stroller, or car. Not even for a minute.

• Always accompany young children to the bathroom in a public place and advise them never to play in or around these areas.

• Keep an up-to-date color photograph of your child, a medical and dental history and have your child fingerprinted.

Please feel free to share these safety tips with others. Also, please encourage your public school district to use these safety tips as a hand out for all of their students.

Semper Fi, Hanshi Jim Curtis


Practical Self-Defense

In real life self defense situations, many of the classical techniques taught in martial arts programs are not workable. This may be due to a number of variables such as space limitations, attire, weather, number of attackers, etc. To overcome these variables, the martial artist or layman must use a common sense approach to prepare him or herself for possible assault situations.

Defensive Stance

Sometimes an attack may come without warning. If this happens, a fast and focused offense is the best approach. If a warning or indication someone is about to attack you is given, step back with your strong side away from the attacker. Raise your open hands to face level and ask the person to stop. Act passive but be prepared to deflect an attack and strike, punch or kick with authority. Your goal should be to render the attacker helpless in 1 to 3 moves.

Establish Vulnerable Targets

Establish vulnerable targets and strikes or kicks to the same. The eyes and throat are logical targets with your lead hand. Stabbing with the fingernails can cause great injury and pain as will a palm heel strike to the chin or a face grab.

The solar plexus and floating ribs are good targets for a punch with the rear (power side) hand. Both will take the wind and spirit away quickly, and may cause the attacker to collapse. If this happens, you should try to remove yourself from the situation at once, making sure you cover your back while you do so.

A strong push with with both hands to your attacker's chest may also be effective if there is a wall behind them their head will hit, or if they fall backward, hitting the floor. Again, if this happens, make a quick exit.

The groin or knee of your attacker's lead leg are good targets for your lead leg snap kick. If you are wearing boots or a hard sole shoe, take advantage of the sharp edge when kicking the target area.

The thigh, knee, and instep of your attackers lead leg are good targets for your rear leg stomp kick. When executing the technique, point your toes to the outside to increase the area your foot lands on, which should minimize slipping off the target area.

Optional Offense Techniques

Additional techniques that may be very effective are headbutts to the face, slaps to the face, elbow strikes to the face or ribs, and knee strikes to the groin or thigh.

Techniques and Approaches to Avoid

Do not try high kicks. They may cause you to lose your balance or give your attacker an opportunity to throw you to the floor.

Do not try to throw your attacker or grapple with him to the floor. For most people, punching or kicking from the floor is not effective. Also, your attacker may have one or more friends that will stomp or kick you while you are down.

Do not assume a classical martial arts position. This may limit mobility. More importantly, it gives your attacker a warning of the defensive or offensive reaction or techniques you may use to defend yourself.

Additional Safety Tips

Always make sure you know the area or establishment you are going to. If you sense danger or extreme risk, do not go there.

Once you are in an area or building, make a mental note of how to escape. Also, look for ready weapons for use such as sticks, chairs, salt shakers, ashtrays, etc.

Sit or stand with your back to a solid wall. Also, note where you can run or roll to cover.

Wear clothing that is appropriate for that destination. Also, is the attire you choose likely to cause an offensive response towards you. If needed, your belt can become a weapon by wrapping it around your hand and striking with the buckle. Also, a dress ring with a sharp edge or stone can cause damage, as can keys held point out between your fingers.

Dealing with Law Enforcement

Cooperate with police officers and be polite. However, do not make any statements until you talk with an attorney. This may limit the chance of you being charged with assault for defending yourself, which actually happens quite often.

Semper Fi, Hanshi Jim Curtis

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