CHAPTER 7

Carrying Yourself Like a Shadow Warrior

One of the dictionary definitions of self-defense is: “The act of defending one’s person when physically attacked, by countering blows or overcoming an assailant.”

If that’s the entirety of what self-defense is thought to be, then I beg to differ. There is much more to it than that. Self-defense is not just physical. It is often psychological, and even spiritual. That makes sense, because we often feel overwhelmed or are intimidated by people or situations where there is no hint of physical threat. We are called on to defend ourselves but may not raise a finger in doing so.

Although this chapter deals with aspects of physical self-defense, including the use of body language, it focuses on how ...

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