SPD 001 – 5 Elements of a Self-Defense Strategy

Self-Defense Strategy

5 Elements of a Self Defense StrategyA good self-defense strategy includes more than carrying a firearm or learning to fight. In this episode I discuss five elements I believe we need to consider when we’re beginning to think about developing a self-defense strategy. The five areas I talk about in this episode are:

  1. Self-Defense Philosophy and Mindset
  2. Knowledge
  3. Personal Behavior
  4. Tools and Equipment
  5. Training

Of course, many aspects of self-defense strategy are subjective and their level of relevancy are highly dependent on individual situations. Also, the five elements are definitely not an exhaustive list of all the items that you should consider when you work out your self-defense strategy. They are, however, a good start to building your plan.

Self-Defense Philosophy and Mindset

What are your underlying beliefs about self-defense? Do you believe you have the right and/or obligation to defend yourself? Or, do you believe the State (that is, the government) is responsible for the personal safety of its citizens? Your philosophy will determine how you approach your self-defense strategy.

Are you mentally prepared to defend yourself? We need to understand and develop a defensive mindset as part of our self-defense strategy.


What do you know about defending yourself? Maybe you know how to use your chosen weapon. But, do you know how and when it is legal to use your weapon in whatever jurisdiction or situation you find yourself in? Do you know how to identify and avoid situations where you might be unnecessarily put in danger?

Personal Behavior

Our behavior can either discourage an attacker or it can give them confidence that we’re easy targets, and thereby encourage an attack. Does your behavior discourage attackers?

Tools and Equipment

What tools and equipment do you need to discourage attackers and respond to an attack, if necessary? The tools and equipment you need for your self-defense strategy will be largely dependent on your situation.

There are two “must-have” items should be part of your self-defense strategy. You should always carry a mobile phone and a flashlight. Mobile phones can be vital to reaching help in an emergency. Flashlights can be used to find and deter attackers. They can also be used as weapons against attackers.

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Flashlights can get pricey, but you don’t want to go ultra-cheap here. Look for one with at least 100 lumens output. You also want a momentary switch that will keep the light on while you press the switch, and turn it off when you release it. Here are some decent flashlight options.*

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Training is an often overlooked element of self-defense strategy. Training helps us gain knowledge and practical experience from people who already know how to do what we want to do. Whether it’s using weapons, legal training, fortifying your home or some other defensive related subject, it’s well worth the time, effort, and money that it costs to get professional instruction.

Developing Your Self-Defense Strategy

I think you’ll find it useful to consider these five elements when you’re developing your self-defense strategy. If you already have a self defense strategy you might want to review it and see if it can be fine tuned.


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