Self Defense from Serial Killers?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
29 Jul 2009

7 Responses to “Self Defense from Serial Killers?”

  1. SueC Says:

    Hi John, Another thought provoking post! I’ve clearly led a more sheltered life than you – you seem to have had a lot of scary moments in yours, or know people that have. I agree pretty much with everything you say, particularly the point about relying on intuition. It’s a strange feeling when you instinctively know something is wrong – but it’s a useful early warning system! However, like you said, serial killings, rapes and attacks on women are relatively rare events so I think it is important for women to get a balance between remaining cautious and not getting completely paranoid and ending up fearing fear itself.

  2. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Sue, Yes – keeping a balance between being safe and living life is good!

  3. Cheri Arbuckle Says:

    Hi John —

    Thanks for posting this. I particularly like the way you stress that you have a very low chance being attacked by a serial killer. Thank you for reaffirming that women are more likely to suffer violence at the hands of someone they know, rather than from a stranger off the street.

    I couldn’t agree with you more about listening to your intuition and then *follow through* with what it tells you to do.

  4. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Cheri,

    This is a scary situation if one ever finds him/herself in but those of us who proactively learn some self-defense have a better chance.

    I think intuition is one of those early warning systems that women have that can help them. I am happy to say my own intuition has saved my bacon a few times in my life so I am a believer! :)

  5. David Harvey Says:

    Personally, I do and love Aikido (a form of JuJitsu) but it takes several years of hard work to become proficient at Aikido. For self-defense that you can learn quickly, I would strongly recommend a system called Target Focus Training that is taught by a guy named Tim Larkin. It is nasty stuff, but you can get the basics into you in around 20 hours – and you will never forget them.

  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi David, I am a fan of short-term self defense as not everyone will take the time to learn a fighting system.

  7. David Harvey Says:

    That’s the whole point, John. We both agree on that, I think. Certainly twenty hours learning TFT is a very cheap insurance policy. In some ways it’s like owning a firearm; if you choose to use it on someone, you can expect to have to justify your actions in a court of law afterwards – or go to jail.