After defending yourself, you will probably be suffering from what is known as adrenal-induced Tachypsychia. This can cause time distortion, time loss, memory distortion, and memory loss. You may also feel the innate urge to talk, if only to justify your actions. All of this may affect your ability to make an objective statement to any law enforcement officer. Any statement you make may be used against you at a later date, so the the best option is to say nothing. If desired, upon advice of an attorney, you may make a statement at at later time.
When in a self-defense situation, remember to ROAR!
- Recognize: Learn to recognize when a situation may demand the use of self-defense and what level of force may be required. Check out your surroundings and all the resources that are available to you.
- Overcome: Overcome you fears and prepare yourself for what you must do.
- Attack: Once you determine and attack is imminent, attack first with the appropriate amount of force.
- Run: At the fist opportunity, run for safety or to seek assistance.
Types of Self-Defense Training
- Attack Specific. Training that relates to a specific type of attack, such as hair grab, punch, front choke, both hands grabbed, bear hug, etc.
- Situation Specific. Training that relates to situations in which an attack may occur, such as location, time, friends present, weapons, escape routes, the opponent, on a bus, in an alley, etc.