Self Defence Action Reaction

The thing about self defence is there is always a price to pay. What is meant by a price to pay well to use an Albert Einstein’s third law of motion “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. In simple terms the price will be determined by if you repel the attacker which is the most favourable outcome or you lose.

Usually before an attack happens it has three parts:

(1) Pre-Conflict, usually, any given conflict does not just occur, but there is a build up which eventually leads to full escalation of the attack.

(2) Conflict, This involves the open, and full escalation of the conflict, the major characteristics of this phase is the violence directed towards the selected victim.

(3) Post-Conflict, This is when the situation is resolved in a manner that there is an end to the violent confrontation, decrease in tension and return to normality.

Strategically, there are different measures of intervention for prevention of violence at different levels:

Pre Conflict

(a) Proactive measure – being aware of your surroundings – i.e.. the opportunities so that the threats are diminished. The prevention of conflict is effected when the warning signs have been assessed and followed by an appropriate early self defence response from the potential conflict situation. Learning some basic self defence. With personal self defence you don’t have to become a black belt to protect yourself or your loved ones.


(b) An action/reaction plan to tackle the aggressor with physical force to affect a successful self-defence, to counter an immediate threat of violence or assault. Such force can be either armed or unarmed. In either case, success will depend on a large number of factors, related to the severity of the threat on one hand, but also on the physical, mental and taking a proactive approach towards self defence.

Post Conflict

(c) The ordinary person in the street needs to know how to identify and monitor conflict indicators as well as how to respond to those signals. Every one has a stake in conflict prevention. This is the challenge for us all as we work to prevent conflict in society.