Avoiding Violence

Ryukyu Kenpo, and its derivatives, has a highly effective way to teach people how to avoid and short circuit violence. They allow people to actually experience violence in a safe and supportive environment, to see it, study it, and understand it. Only by understanding violence can we prevent it from occurring. It not only allows us a close look at violence; but, it also teaches us to look closely at ourselves, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Self-awareness is the key to prevention. Most times, conflict begins because of communication barriers; and, the misunderstanding and prejudging of others. Prevention of violence can only begin when we understand the thought processes that create violence and the role we play in it. RTraining gives one the ability to prevent injustices; and, be truly merciful as only a person acting from strength can.

To a victim, it just seems like the violence "came out of nowhere." In fact, there was plenty of warning - plenty of opportunity to recognize the danger signals - the dangerous circumstances. But, the victim either ignored them, didn't see them or didn't recognize their significance. Crime is a process. It has both a goal and easily identifiable stages. Once you have been taught these stages, developing crimes and violence are as obvious as a flare on a moonless night. If a person intends to commit a crime against you, his actions will become more predictable and more recognizable to someone who is aware of the process. There are things he has to do. If they are present, you are in danger. If these elements are not present, then there is no possibility of committing a crime. You are not in danger.

Also, a person who is prepared to engage in physical violence will give off certain physiological signals. His body will betray that fact. No matter how his words or behavior attempt to cover it. This collective set of signals is commonly referred to as "vibes". And yes, someone who is prepared to commit violence gives off "bad" vibes. There is nothing esoteric or "weird" about this. It is a collection of small signals that we unconsciously recognize. They range from physiological (Skin flush/pale, muscle tension, breathing, etc.) to motion (how someone moves while under the influence of adrenaline) and to speech (cadence, tone, pitch). It is not uncommon for the criminal to attempt to attempt to hide his intent in other, seemingly safe actions. He deceives you about his true intentions by hiding them in other, seemingly innocent actions and behaviors.

This is why so many people who are assaulted know something is wrong before, but just can't "put their finger on it" in time. They are confused by the conflicting messages. One part of them senses trouble, but because of the deception in the criminal's obvious behavior, they cannot clearly identify what is wrong. Ryukyu Kenpo teaches you to look for:

Ability: Does the person have the ability to attack you? Could this person successfully assault you, whether through physical strength, a weapon or numerical superiority? Many women underestimate male upper body strength and how vulnerable they are to being physically overwhelmed.

Opportunity: Does this person have the opportunity to attack you? Are you alone with him or even in an area beyond immediate help? Could anyone come to your assistance within twenty seconds or less? As many victims have found, you can be robbed in plain view or raped with people in the next room.

Intent: Is he in a mental place where using violence to get what he wants makes sense to him? The easiest way to figure out if you are in potential danger is to look for these three items. If you see one, look for the others. If you see two out of three stop whatever else you are doing and pay close attention for a moment. If you see him trying to develop the third, withdraw from the situation to a safer area. This is easier than using physical violence.