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Train your brain

Most of us do not know how we will respond in an crisis situation because thankfully, we have never been in one. It doesn’t matter how many classes you have taken, what level of training you have accomplished, if your ultimate reaction to a stressful situation is to freeze.  

Small encounters will give you an idea of how you may react.  One evening, my ten pound dog was attacked on a walk by a much larger, stronger dog.  I was walking with a friend, on a quiet street when the other dog came out of a backyard and latched on to my dog’s leg.  I had no training in how to break up a dog fight, but I knew from previous situations that my brain will assess the encounter for a quick  response.

While I was on the ground literally fighting for my dog’s life, I noticed my friend, who has quite a bit of self defense training and was wearing a large pair of solid boots, was frozen to his spot.  He just stood there and watched the entire encounter which probably only lasted a minute and a half although it seemed like an eternity.  Later at the veterinary hospital, while I was beginning to realize I had also been scratched and bitten, it became clear he had no recollection of his behavior. 

Our brains are programmed to respond in certain ways to various stimuli, but we can try to train our brains the same way we train to achieve muscle memory with other self defense tools.  Simply knowing where the most vulnerable place is to strike another person’s body, or how to hold a firearm and aim properly is not necessarily going to save your life by itself.  Seek out training that will also exercise your brain. It is the most important self defense tool you have and you carry it with you no matter what the laws may be in various locations.  

There are those who attend self defense classes and start out questioning their ability to respond in a high stress situation, but the reality is many people just assume they will be able to do what is necessary when the situation arises. Make a commitment to training in ways that will not only teach you hands-on skills, but will challenge how you respond as an individual. Seek out instructors that will provide an education in the psychological response to fear, both yours and your attacker, as well as those who will challenge your own response to high stress situations. 

My encounter pushed me to educate myself in what to do when a dog attacks. Know your own limits and seek out training that will give you the best possible package when it comes to protecting yourself and those you love. 

At SAW Shooting Club we made a commitment to seeking out the classes most beneficial to our members. Join us at Gun for Hire for the Protective Pen/Small Knife Class on February 10th with the Ateinza Kali instructors.  

Port Meet Up at Garden State Shooting Center

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Summer is here and so are the opportunities to have some fun at the range!  A new range has just opened in Lakewood, NJ and S.A.W. Shooting Club is spreading our wings to start a new southern chapter of our women’s social and shooting club.

Garden State Shooting Center, a newly renovated twelve port, 25 yard, indoor range, opened its doors a few weeks ago to an excited shooting community.  The range is open to the public and also offers memberships and rentals.  A spacious, well stocked firearms retail area is connected to the range as well as a comfortable lounge for relaxing or waiting for your port to be available.

The entire interior has been remodeled and updated both inside the range with spacious updated ports and in the lounge area with televisions, couches and a large classroom for training classes.

With the S.A.W. Club going strong in North Jersey with our monthly port meet ups for women and many events for new and more experienced shooters, we are taking the group just a little bit South, to grow our social circle and include as many women in New Jersey as possible.  Our first event at the Garden State Shooting Center will be on July 9th at 7 pm.  Like our Port Meet Ups in Woodland Park, this event is for women with all levels of firearms experience.  Whether you bring your own firearms, or choose to rent something from the range’s inventory, we will also have firearms available for sharing and instructors on hand to help with beginners.  If you have never been to a S.A.W. event, now is the time to see what it’s all about! The cost for this event is $15 per person. For more information on how to register for our  upcoming events and become a member, please go to our website S.A.W. Shooting Club or email us at sawshootingclub@gmail.com.  You can also join us on Facebook in our closed group (Closed Group) or follow us our public page (SAW).

Our upcoming events include beginners classes, member only events, port meet ups, self-defense for women as well as kids events!

 

 

 

SAW Self Defense Techniques for Women

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– Learn how to protect yourself and your family.
– We will cover – use of pepper spray, situational awareness, tips for safety in your home.
– Learn and practice a handful of key self-defense moves to surprise your attacker.

Taught by female instructors who completed the instructor courses in Sabre Self Defense Spray, Refuse to be a Victim and Krav Maga (2004).

$30 members / $35 non members Register via PayPal to sawshootingclub@gmail.com.

April 28th @7pm

Meltzer’s Sporting Goods, 118 Outwater Lane Garfield, NJ

Plenty of Parking available.