Self Defense

ELITE PUBLICATIONS PRESENTS THE RELEASE OF THE MENTAL COMMANDMENTS OF PERSONAL SAFETY WITH WILLIE "THE BAM"JOHNSON

For Immediate Release: The Elite Publications announces a new book, The Mental Commandments of Personal Safety with Willie "The Bam" Johnson: A Guide of Solutions to Violence in the Real World, to be released in late April. This book is a collection of guiding principles on living a safe and healthy life for anyone traveling the wrong road towards destruction. This well-traveled road often leads to death, while Johnson is offering life.

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How will you perform at the moment of truth?

What's going to happen to you physically and emotionally in a real fight where you could be injured or killed? Will you defend yourself immediately, hesitate during the first few critical seconds of the fight, or will you be so paralyzed with fear that you won't be able to move at all? The answer is - you won't know until you can say, "Been there, done that." However, there is a way to train for that fearful day.

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Just like we've been conditioned by airport security over the past two decades to take everything out of our pockets, place them into a tray, and send it through an x-ray machine in order to prevent any dangerous items from getting onto passenger airplanes, so too for the past year the response to the Coronavirus pandemic has conditioned us to maintain the proper Threat Zone distances, which happen to be the same reaction distances for self-defense; distances I first introduced in Black Belt Magazine back in 2005. Now, here we are over 15 years later, and the world has standardized these very distances.

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Photo: The Coronavirus has inadvertently taught everyone the Threat Zone distances for self-defense. This photo shows a church security team, that I was training during the pandemic, how to maintain the proper distances when making contact with an "unknown" person. The gentlemen on the left (wearing a blue hoodie, and the other in a brown T-shirt) are church security officers greeting the woman on the right, who was demonstrating suspicious behavior before walking up to the outdoor church service open to the public. Therefore, they maintain the 6 feet social distancing rule, which also happens to be the minimum distance for dealing with an unknown (the Yellow Zone). In the scenario it turns out that the woman was not a threat, but extremely distressed by the recent death of her husband due to COVID-19. Realistic scenarios are how best to train people for real life incidents.


North Americans know to keep a social distance of 6 feet (2 meters), as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and for the rest of the world it is 1 meter (3 feet), as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). As much as it has been a pain in the ass to keep these distances from other people for a year standing in lines to grocery stores, banks, or even to get a vaccine shot, the Threat Zone distances are now part of your muscle memory as a result of all the repetition you've done for a year. This is good. Let me explain.

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"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.", said Albert Einstein.

Of course, quotes can be fickle and are wont to be misattributed. Regardless if the words truly came from the big brained man himself or not, the quote remains valid and wise.

The simpler a complicated idea can be made, the better it can be easily integrated.

Unfortunately, especially when it comes to combat and self-defense, many people like to over complicate simple ideas. This happens for many reasons.

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