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Watching the News: A Component of Self Defense ?

Regina Pinpin - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Each morning I wake up, I go online, check my email, bank accounts, Facebook, then I turn on the Channel 2 News. I automatically turn the TV and I watch the news as I plan out my day and get ready for the gym. The gym anchors me so i can feel invigorated with my upcoming schedule. Then I look at my teaching line up and outline a lesson plan , carve out a theme. Meanwhile different headlines are appearing on the bottom of the screen. Quite depressing and most of the time , sad. Sometimes I ask myself why I watch the news. How does watching the news help me? It certainly doesn't 'cheer on the day'. Hopefully not making me paranoid but more cautious especially for my family, friends and our community at the dojo.

Is watching the news a component and important part of the day - that also determines a good workout for my student? Does it put me into a mindset? Or does watching the news make us stressed out and nervous about everything. Does it remind us to be fearful in certain areas?

Is ignorance really bliss?

HEADLINES.........Woman attacked, child abducted, fight at the stadium, bullying on campus, bullying online, car stolen, terrorist attack, plane threat, food recall, car recall, home invasion , global warming , the knock out game, student raped , convenience store robbed , suicide by train . Each day, every day. How can we live a happy life with all these incidents occurring? With all these images bombarding us on television or online. Is the media helping us or scaring us?

Is this day and age we need to know what’s going on. The news will forecast the weather. From the weather, to a scam, to serial of crimes going on. We won’t get caught off guard. When I hear about crimes against women and young girls I then get my focus to help out our students to be more aware and understand our objective in our training.

The news will put up surveillance videos which were caught on tape involving a crime. I would watch it over and over again to see what could have been done on a self-defense aspect. Prevent it from happening to our female students. When I hear something I quickly relay it the students. With the kids I will reiterate it to them so they understand the world is not so perfect and not so safe.

My husband and i were watching the news, hundreds of women students were kidnapped in Africa. Indian women were trying to practice stick fighting defenses to protect themselves. That’s when we decided to start “Women Make Some Noise". A program that focuses on getting women aware and teaching some self-defense techniques and combinations. The news actually triggered our thought processing of getting this program going.

We want to share this with our community and beyond. A campaign that will safe guard our children, our families, our friends. But to go even further out, to reach an audience. The media must be involved. From all the news, the amber alerts, now on Facebook, are all on the bandwagon of defense.

We need it. The ongoing fight to beat the Bad guy.

When I was younger, I didn’t like watching the news, I would actually get scared of things that were going on, I didn’t want to hear it . But now being in the martial arts business for 28 years it is my responsibility to let people know what’s going on. They depend on their instructor for knowledge and instruction .

There are some positives and negatives watching the news, but with anything we need to use it to help us carry on in this day and age. Parents need to inform their kids of current events, they don’t need to have the kid’s watch the actual news but they can talk to them. Teachers, bosses, team leaders, law enforcement, firefighters, Drs. All liable to keep lives safe. It’s our duty.

So in the morning when all channels are showing the news, take the time to read some headlines and know where you are going when heading out into your day. I know I'll be part of a community that wants to strengthen physically and mentally prepare all our Men, Women and children on a daily basis and give some awesome training.

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