First Defense: Anxiety and Instinct for Self Protection

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2015-11-07
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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FINALIST SELF HELP Next Generation Indie Book Award 2016


We all have a built in weapon system that we rarely use, it's called anxiety.

We are taught that anxiety is something to avoid. That emotional experiences such as fear, trepidation, or stress, are contrary to living a happy life. We are also told that in threatening situations, anxiety should be quelled. This is not true.

Realize that a key to success in a threatening situation is to use your anxiety to increase your sensory input with information vital to your survival.

Understand how to manipulate the anxiety of your aggressor, denying him critical information he will need for success.

Whether you are a college student, a martial artist, a parent, or a citizen, you will learn three constants that will help you stay safer and reduce your overall risk of being victimized by aggression.

  • How your instincts are the key to making the right decisions for the toughest challenges.
  • Why your anxiety is the link between decision-making and instinct.
  • How to be completely in the moment, so your will can coordinate your anxieties and your instincts into a highly effective decision-making process.

David Hopkins brings together a unique mix of expertise from professions in psychology and psychotherapy, martial arts, security and anti-terror. He will provide a practical, proven and effective system for enhancing any martial arts or self-defense system. Whether facing potential or active threats, either real time or online, you will learn to protect yourself and your family more effectively. You will be given practical exercises for developing these skills and examples from my own experiences in close protection/security, anti-terror, and undercover work using this same system.

When you finish with this book, you will be more effective and more successful at facing a physical or mental enemy, no matter how large or small that may be.

Author Biography

Dr. David Hopkins Jr., Ph.D. is a psychologist with 21 years of experience combining psychological principles relating to violence and psychotherapy with martial arts, self-defense, close protection, and in investigative work against terrorists and criminal elements, including organized crime. He has taught psychology relating to violence at universities in both the U.S. and overseas, and is Chief of the Israeli Krav Maga Association, Gidon System, in Germany, holds Black Belts in Judo and Ju-Jitsu. He also serves as a consultant to an international paramilitary and close protection team and is co-owner of Israeli School Security, a school security consulting and training firm. David Hopkins resides in Germany.

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