“Random” criminal activity is not random. There are lots of things we all can do to keep our selves, our homes and our families safe. This two hour workshop held on August 25, 2018, provided practical, real world skills to all the folks who participated.
Participants learned about personal assault, vehicles, home defense, and cyber safety. Attendees ranged in age from 8 to 80 and everyone had a chance to learn, move and improve their safety awareness and skills.
What should parents tell their children about self-defense? What is the best way for a woman or a man to effectively defend themselves if they are threatened?
Sensei Jeff Brooks, of Mountain Karate in Saluda, says it is not so much about physical techniques as it is about being alert to one’s surroundings and being aware of what to look for.
“If something dangerous happens, the moment of crisis may be too late to start thinking about self-defense, he said.
“Physical techniques are a last resort, and they’re not a good resort,” Brooks said.
The premise of the talk is that, if you look closely, “random” crime is not really random.
Brooks served as a law enforcement officer in Massachusetts, Henderson County and in other locations in WNC, where his wife, Tarleton, is from. As a detective, he has investigated hundreds of crimes, and he said it is different from what people might think.
“I’m hoping my experience might be useful to other people,” Brooks said. “When you know what to look for, there is a lot you can do to keep yourself and your family safe – at home, on the road, anywhere.