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Personal Safety

Every person deserves the right to feel safe. That feeling comes from within. Through knowledge of how to be aware of your surrounding, the ability to assess a situation and the choice of which action to take in each circumstance creates a safer personal environment. Many people teach self defense as I do in my UPKUDO karate classes but there are times when people do not want the martial arts nor feel they can perform the techniques.

My personal safety training is designed to work with people of all ages regardless of ability. For those who are elderly or have physcial restrictions, there are ways to help you remain safe. There is no "perfect" self defense move only the ones that work for you and that makes it very personal. "Perfect" or "best" self defense is the one that works that you can perform!

Growing up, I was always afraid and had little control of the ways things unfolded. When I became an adult some choices and situations were not healthy for me to be in. Through knowledge and Gods guiding hand, I learned how the three aspects I teach can help prevent someone from being in a situation that is not favorable and help them make better decisions in how they choose to deal with their attacker. The power lies not in the hands of your mental or physical attacker but rather in us.

In my seminars you will learn different ways of thinking and actions to take. I speak and teach from personal experience of what it feels like to be beaten, raped and abused by those who were suppose to love me. In my former marriage and workplace, I was the target of someone's else's anger and insecurities. There is hope for those who wish to free themselves from the bondage of abuse and painful experiences.

I am not a doctor nor do I think people should forego seeing those professionally trained to deal with the damages inflicted on them. However, I do feel that by being taught by a person who has evolved from being a victim to a victor, can help shed light on the way you see things. It creates hope and plants the seed of security that grows as knowledge grows.

Perspectives are sometimes distorted. And truth often times is hidden so deep in the heart, it has a hard time coming to the surface. Compassion is what I developed for people, not judging, courage, not fear, and love that can only come from God that heals all wounds.

This website has been developed to help those who are hurting and prove that while the odds may seem to be against you, we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. I pray that every hurting or fearful soul reaps benefits from reading this site. I realize that some are too embarrassed or ashamed to ever go to someone in person or participate in a training session because that is the way I was for many years. Hopefully the articles located under Articles that God has laid on my heart to write will help you.

If you have a group that needs or wants the personal safety training, click here for an outline of what will be taught and contact mastertrainer@anneradke.com or call 850-566-4544 to schedule a session. Fees are based on location and length of training you desire.

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Seminars

With shopping, home alone, holidays and travel, it is important to learn what you can do to help keep you safe. Master Anne Radke, teaches ways to be aware of their surroundings, how to assess a situation and what description to report to the authorities that would be helpful in the event of an assault or crime committed. There are many ways she can teach you how to physcially protect yourself.

Some people are uncomfortable with learning how to kick, block and punch, but your greatest defense is a great offense so use knowledge as your weapon. "To empower oneself you must choose your thoughts and behavior such as where to be, how to act, what to say, what to do, with whom to be , what to believe, when to go along, when to resist and whom to trust. These decisions determine your course of action to ensure your personal safety." said Master Radke.

For those hesitant in using their own body to protect themselves, she introduced her new line of Personal Safety Devises such as the Home Safety kit, the College Safety Kit, personal alarms to carry along with house and work alarms. Her lifelong experience of more than 20 years of experience has taught her that carrying a gun, using mase or knife at all times is not practical or even safe for the untrained. Usually those seeking to harm you are more familiar with weapons than whom they attack. By drawing attention of yelling or pressing an alarm, you could prevent an attack as most bullies or thieves don't like to be seen stealing and doing wrongful deeds. Loud noise, a look that could kill as they say and not acting like a defenseless person ,can send a message to the attacker that you are not the easy target they hoped for.
    Seminars cover:
  1. How to be aware and properly trained to look for and describe attackers
  2. Learn to use your body in ways that will not harm you but could help stop attacks from others
  3. Use "Verbal" de-escalators to lessen a potentially harmful situation
  4. Creating proper space when approached
  5. Create barriers and look for escape routes rather than trying prove how tough you are
  6. Learn which safety device works best for you

To schedule a group or personal defense training session, contact Master Anne Radke at 850-566-4544 or email her at mastertrainer@anneradke.com.

Bike Safety Tips

  1. Obey traffic signs and signals - Bicycles must follow the rules of the road like other vehicles.It is best to ride 1 foot away from the edge of the road in case you need to move over more by cars passing too closely. The law is 3 foot clearance but some drivers are not courteous.
  2. Never ride against traffic - Motorists aren't looking for bicyclists riding on the wrong side of the road. State law and common sense require that bicyclists drive like other vehicles.
  3. Follow lane markings - Don't turn left from the right lane. Don't go straight in a lane marked 'right-turn only.'
  4. Don't pass on the right - Motorists may not look for or see a bicycle passing on the right.
  5. Scan the road behind you - Learn to look back over your shoulder without losing your balance or swerving. Some riders use rear-view mirrors.
  6. Keep both hands ready to brake - You may not stop in time if you brake one-handed. Allow extra distance for stopping in the rain, since brakes are less efficient when wet.
  7. Wear a helmet and never ride with headphones - Always wear a helmet. Never wear a headphone while riding a bike. Absolutely no texting or talking on the phone while biking. You need your full attention on what you are doing.
  8. Dress for the weather - In rain wear a poncho or waterproof suit. Dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes. Wear bright colored clothing.
  9. Use hand signals - Hand signals tell motorists and pedestrians what you intend to do. Signal as a matter of law, of courtesy, and of self-protection. Ride in the middle of the lane in slower traffic - Get in the middle of the lane at busy intersections and whenever you are moving at the same speed as traffic.
  10. Choose the best way to turn left - There are two choices: (1) Like an auto: signal to move into the left turn lane and then turn left. (2) Like a pedestrian: ride straight to the far side crosswalk. Walk your bike across.
  11. Make eye contact with drivers - Assume that other drivers don't see you until you are sure that they do. Eye contact is important with any driver which might pose a threat to your safety.
  12. Look out for road hazards - Watch out for parallel-slat sewer grates, gravel, ice, sand or debris. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.Warn others you are riding with of cars approaching and attemping to come up and pass you, holes, debris or if you are stopping. Watch out for Dogs not on a leash.
  13. Use lights at night - The law requires a white headlight (visible from at least 500 feet ahead) and a rear reflector or taillight (visible up to 300 feet from behind).
  14. Keep your bike in good repair - Adjust your bike to fit you and keep it working properly. Check brakes and tires regularly. Routine maintenance is simple and you can learn to do it yourself. There are many styles of bikes choose the one that fits the type of riding you will enjoy most.
  15. Wear proper clothes suitable for cycling. Padded shorts and gloves help keep you comfortable. If you are wearing long pants that are baggy at the bottom, make sure you tuck them or put straps or socks over them to keep them out of the chain guard or you can roll them up.
  16. Attend a class with a local bike club like A Better Body 4Me has or go to a bike shop like Sunshine Cycles that will help you understand things like hand signals, proper seat and adjusted height of seat for comfort, and which type of bike is suitable for you. There are many styles to choose from. Learn how to shift and stop your bike.
For more information on upcoming biking, walking and fitness classes call A Better Body at 850-566-4544 or email mastertrainer@abetterbody.org .

Personal Safety Request

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