Sometimes I take a short break from coding and programming to take freelance jobs. Recently, I was hired to write an e-book on self defense for a security company looking for an interesting promo they could send to business prospects. It was interactive to involve readers in the subject and prompt them to want to take martial arts courses or at least to learn more about products for the average person such as stun guns, pepper spray, tear gas, collapsible police batons, brass knuckles, and body alarms.
I started the book with a basic introduction to the art of self defense and covered the different martial arts one by one. As a whole, the term refers to various combat styles and systems used to defeat assailants or opponents. (By the way, Mars was the Roman god of war.) I offered a brief overview of the history of the fighting technique going back to ancient times and of course, China. It was interesting to me to learn that there are five categories including low-impact, weapons-based, grappling, hybrid sports, and striking styles. Among the more well know types are boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Karate, and kickboxing. Secondarily there is wrestling, Judo, Aikido, Jiu Jitsu, and Tai Chi. It took pages and pages to illustrate each. Presumably the reader would imitate the poses.
Further into the e-book, I added material on famous people in the world of martial arts such as Itosu Anko, the “grandfather of Karate.” Now, there’s a cool title. There is also Helio and Royce Gracie, Dr. Jigoro Kano, and no book would be complete without Bruce Lee who popularized the self defense subject throughout the U.S. due to his movies and TV series, The Green Hornet. He was a skilled genius and true innovator who founded Jeet Kune Do.
I had to keep a reign on my research since the book was getting to be too long, but it was difficult when I kept finding resources like https://www.selfdefenseguide.org/quick-guide-self-defense-complete-beginner/. A quick and complete guide to self defense for beginners has to be easy to read, which means short and to the point. To round out the material, I covered pepper spray and Tasers. These are popular with the average person but they don’t know how to use them or what effects they have. Neither are fatal but they will do the job of stopping an attacker in his tracks. Both inflict pain and suffering, but you don’t have to feel guilty about it. You are the victim after all! It depends whether you want to cause burning to the eyes and nose or knock the person down to the ground. There is always some risk that the aggressor will rebound, but generally it takes a half hour to forty-five minutes. I like these methods when compared to jabbing the face or poking an eye. I would have to be severely provoked to do this kind of damage to another human being. Self defense is extensive and can be designed for each individual.