What if you are unable to leave for whatever reason?

  • Trapped in a room
  • Enclosed in an elevator
  • You have your children or an elderly parent with you
  • There's more than one assailant
  • An active shooter

Situations like these may be ones where you can't just self-defense your way out of an attack. You will have to fight.

Everything we do can be thought of as a transaction. An attacker chooses a potential victim because they feel the transaction will not cost them, that the person will be timid and make no noise or put up a fight. Be expensive. Be the person who loses their minds when someone invades their personal space. The hard truth is that you will not know how you will react under duress and during an adrenal dump until you are in the situation. This is why we train. Even so, however hard you may train, assume that approximately 20% of your skill set will emerge to address a violent confrontation.


  • Be alert.  Put the phone away. Know your surroundings and exits.
  • Be confident. Head up. Make eye contact.
  • Listen to your instincts. If when feeling ill at ease or if the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, avoid that person, place or thing.
  • Reconsider going to places with people who may not have your best interest in mind, especially if uncontrollable external factors maybe involved. Avoid circumstances that can foster confrontation.
  • Develop a commanding voice.
    •  Yell. Attract attention; it's the one thing that an attacker does not want is for multiple people to look at them.
    •  Growl; it's not natural. By making any kind of noise (think of Bruce Lee or martial arts yells), it keeps the air flowing.
  • Breathe. If you panic or lose consciousness, the game is over.
  • Train.
    • Develop your motor skill memory by way of repetition to have an answer. Typically, a response will not be engrained after learning how to do something one time.        
    • Violence of action trumps technique.
    • Most violent encounters are 20 seconds long.  
      • Find someplace to train where techniques are drilled between 30 seconds and two minutes. This will help prepare you for the mental ability to overcome an attack.
  • Prepare to run. If an assailant wants your wallet, purse or keys, throw them some distance away and run.
  • Prepare to fight and fight to win.
    •  There are no rules in a street fight or an attack.
    •  Hurt them first.
    • The rule is "if I can touch them, they can touch me". Don't allow an attacker to get that close. 
    • If escape is not possible, make certain that you strike repeatedly until you feel safe and immediately seek help.
    • Never go to a secondary location. Ever.       

Krav Maga Self-Defense

at the Defense Supply Center Columbus

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Awareness it the key to prevention. Throughout the year, self-defense classes are offered on the Defense Supply Center Columbus to associates to raise awareness and teach tools that can help individuals defend themselves against common strikes and scenarios.

Self defense class photoJoin us for our next class onKrav Maga class

May 6, 2020

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
Cardinal Room

Upcoming class:  June 10 and July 22.


No one can hurt me without my permission. - Gandhi

  • 20% of all Americans will experience a violent encounter in their lifetime
  • Violence causes more than 1.6 million deaths worldwide every year
  • If taken to a secondary location, 2% of victims are found - 1% found alive
  • 1 out of 6 women and 1 out of 33 men are assaulted in their lifetime

You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop and what you reinforce. - Tony Gaskins

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Tips for setting boundaries:

  • Give yourself permission to say "no" or "that makes me uncomfortable."
  • Say it once - after that if you feel the situation needs to be addressed, go to
  • Recognize "normalizing behavior." When an incident is regarded with "She's just like that" or "Oh, he does that all the time," consider addressing the person directly. Some people simply don't realize their behavior is negative or disruptive. If that is beyond your comfort level, go to your first line supervisor or a resource listed above. 

Have a plan

Have that difficult discussion with your spouse, significant other, parents, and children. By having a plan in place, your brain will not have to process information, searching for a solution. Make the decision on things such as one of you stays to fight, the other leaves to call 911 or seek help elsewhere. One of you acts as a barrier while the other protects children. Or, you both fight together. If nothing else, make the absolute decision that between the bad guy and you, it will be you that goes home safe.

Even while at home, discuss what would be done during a home invasion. Old digital phones, so long as they can retain a charge and are within range of a tower can be used to dial 911. The much older phones will probably not have GPS capability, but if your children are home alone and you assign a place for them to hide, an old cell phone can be used to call for help.

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is the combat system used by the Israeli defense forces that combines street fighting with traditional martial arts. It is a response with a simultaneous counterattack. The techniques used focus on a natural response that is easy, effective and efficient in real-world situations with the purpose of overcoming the attacker and walking away safely. 

Why should I learn Krav Maga?

Everyone has the right to feel safe and often times people express they lack the tools to do so.  Krav Maga is just one of the tools that is taught at the Defense Supply Center Columbus to associates. It teaches associates how to avoid the situation first. If the situation cannot be avoided, it provides an answer that will aid a target individual in walking away safely from the occurrence.


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. - Benjamin Franklin