What is Reality Based Self Defence?
Our upcoming seminar with Richard Dimitri has raised the question many times; what is Reality-Based Self Defence (RBSD), and why should I taking a course on it?
Regardless of whether or not you’re taking our seminar this weekend, RBSD is something that everyone should learn from a qualified instructor, as it is a practical tool for ensuring your safety in dangerous situations, and learning proactive conduct to avoid such situations in the first place.
RBSD not only teaches physical methods for avoiding and escaping dangerous scenarios, but also helps you develop a deeper understanding and approach to life, so that you can walk more confidently through the world. This works, because RBSD is primarily based on psychological and emotional factors, with the physical aspects being secondary
Still, all of these aspects are interconnected, as shown in the diagram below:
One of the crucial facts about RBSD is that it helps you to develop your own intuitive radar. This is something we all have, but like any muscle or skill, it requires training and maintenance to expand to its full potential. This becomes a valuable ability in circumstances where you feel uncomfortable or endangered, and you need to trust that internal voice that tells you to walk away. This allows you to maintain a safe space for yourself in almost any situation. Should this safe space be compromised, RBSD also teaches the ability to listen to that intuition when it tells you to say ‘no’, even if it requires being rude. Don’t be afraid to be rude if necessary! Your security is more important.
The other fundamental fact about RBSD is that it teaches a common sense approach to life. This may seem an obvious tactic that is unnecessary to teach, however, we are not always as rooted in common sense as we might think. Instead, we often allow our emotions to dictate our actions, be it fear, passion, curiosity, excitement, etc. At these points, common sense goes out the window! With RBSD, you learn to maintain your clarity and sense of reason, even when emotions run high.
Lastly, there is the issue of why you should learn RBSD in a course rather, than from a book or some other self-study method. Any skill you learn that is related to everyday life is inevitably more valuable when you learn it from someone who has been there and done it. These are not theoretical concepts to think about, these are practical, real world skills. Instructors such as Richard can recreate scenarios so you can experience them, they can provide real examples from their own lives, and can show you many different sides and possibilities of a given topic, creating a deeper, more complete understanding.
This is not just a suggestion, it is a necessity. It’s your life and your safety.
You should be the one in control.