This was a propaganda poster in the United Kingdom during the beginning of the Second World War. It was little known until rediscovered in the year 2000, becoming popular for many different companies or products either in it's true form or through a distortion of it.
It's message is simple, in the case of an emergency or a stressful situation keep calm and react accordingly. Easier said than done. Many believe that an adrenaline rush will see them through such an event. That rush is quick to pass, leaving what is known as an adrenaline crash. Avoiding that severe rush is the ideal reaction: Keep calm and carry on.
Think on a personal level, would you be able to react rationally in a violent encounter, in a severe accident, or if someone you love is in great physical danger? At Direct Action Tactical we try to emphasize proper mindset. Calmly navigating through a highly emotional or physically dangerous experience can be what saves a person's life.
The news is never lacking in the horror stories. Two young girls have gone missing and their bodies found in the last two weeks (that I've heard about). Young women are attacked at an astounding rate. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey roughly 600 women were sexually assaulted a day in 2006. The Sandusky trial proves our boys can also be victims.
Three years ago I was introduced to Kris Hurley. He was starting his business of DAT and came into the martial arts program I worked for to do a safety seminar. As adult black belts, some in multiple disciplines, we thought we knew a thing or two. We were quickly proven wrong. A two day course opened our eyes to how woefully unprepared we really were to reality.
A year later I went to work for Mr. Hurley training and teaching Fit to Fight classes (think cross-fit combative that will rock your world) and self defense that uses real world tactics. We have no belt ranking or fancy flourish. The methods are simple, direct and prove effective when used in a realistic combative drill.
I've had students come through with scars. Not the physical kind, the kind you can't see, who never want to feel that pain again. I have my own scars. Then there are those who have never faced a conflict but want the knowledge if it were to ever occur. Put it on the same level as knowing CPR or where the fire extinguishers are in your home. You may never have to use that knowledge but you know it. The alternative is not having it and needing it, a recipe for panic.
I hope no one I ever instruct has to use what I give them, but if they do, I want them to come out alive. Because really that's all we have to fight for. Your wallet, phone, or car can all be replaced. Your life is worth the fight. Are you ready for a fight?