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Worried about waking in the middle of the night and finding someone in my bedroom? I have an alarm system and keep my cell phone next to my bed. What should I do? 

Most people go through life living with a false sense of security and thinking that nothing bad will ever happen to them.

They see reports on the news and read about home invasions online, but never stop to think that the people they hear about could just as easily have been them. This false sense of security that most people have can end up being a fatal mistake. When you don't think you will ever be the victim of a criminal, then you don't prepare for a scenario where you are being threatened by one. You don't develop a plan of what to do, and you don't teach your children how to respond in life and death situation.

When you live life in this state of denial, you are inviting tragedy to strike. Thinking about worst case scenarios isn't a lot of fun. In fact, it should be utterly terrifying for you. What you can then do is use the fear that you feel to motivate you to learn the skills it may one day take to keep yourself and your family alive. Not convinced yet? Then imagine how you would react if you awoke one night to find a criminal in your bedroom.

The very thought of having a criminal in your bedroom, where you most likely feel most vulnerable, should send a shiver down your spine. Half awake, your heart pounding in your chest, as your eyes strain to focus on making out what is happening. This can't be real; you must be having a bad dream. But what if it's not just a bad dream? What if there is someone in your bedroom that has no business being there? What you do next could very well determine whether or not you live or die.

Calling For Help Won't Save You

Many people keep their cell phone charging on their nightstand when they go to bed at night. Your first instinct may be to grab your phone and call 911. But that's not going to help you here. There won't be any police officers coming to protect you. You are on your own because at this point there's simply no way you can wait for help.

On top of that, it's not like the criminal in your bedroom is going to patiently wait while you get your phone out and call for help. No, he's going to pounce and take your phone, and then you are going to be at his mercy. Should you call 911 for help if someone is in your home that shouldn't be? Absolutely, but in some situations calling for help isn't a viable option.

This means that you have to accept responsibility for your safety, and for them. So having a plan in place is essential. The moment that you notice someone is in your bedroom you need to start out by yelling for help. This should not only serve to startle the criminal; it will let the other people in your house know something is wrong. Then if they are young children, they can be taught to run out of the closet door and get help. If they can't escape, then they should be taught to lock themselves in a room together, and if they have a phone to call for help. If they are a bit older, then you could teach them to come to your aid. The point here is that you are showing strength to your attacker and you are letting him know that he's in for a fight. Doing this is often enough to scare a criminal off since they aren't there for a fight. They are there to victimize you, and if you don't play along, then they might end up simply fleeing.

Why A Gun Is Not The Answer

If you own a gun and are proficient in its use, then it can be a valuable tool for you. But, in a situation where someone is in your bedroom, there's a very good chance you aren't going to be able to get to your gun in time to use it. Even if you have your gun on your nightstand, the minute, a criminal sees you reaching for something they will probably react by attacking right away. On top of that using a gun in a dark room, with your adrenaline pumping, and just having woken up sounds like an accident waiting to happen. What if you miss? What if you miss and accidentally hit a member of your family? What if the criminal takes your gun away and turns it on you or your family?

These are all very real problems that you will face if you decide to rely on a gun for your protection. A gun can introduce a dangerous and unstable element to any situation, and this is especially true if you aren't trained thoroughly enough in how to use it. Should you keep a gun in your home for self-defense? That's a question that each person must ask themselves. If you do decide you want a gun, then make sure that you know how to use it. If you decide you want a gun, and you are prepared to dedicate time to train in its use, don't make the mistake of thinking that gun will keep you safe. A gun can be taken away, it can jam, and you can miss. What can't be taken away or fail you is proper training on how to stop any attacker. When you train and learn how to fight, and inflict maximum damage quickly, you have a weapon at your disposal that you can rely on in any situation.

If you ever wake up in the middle of the night and find someone in your room that doesn't belong there, then you need to realize that this is just about the worst situation imaginable. This isn't a burglar looking for a quick score. When someone is in your room, it almost always means that they are there to harm you. This is why you need to have a plan in place that you are familiar with and comfortable executing. Trying to decide what to do when someone is already in your bedroom is a mistake. Your adrenaline is pumping in this type of situation, and thinking is nearly impossible.

That's why you should prepare ahead of time and follow these steps:

  • ​The moment you awake to find someone in your bedroom you need to scream to alert everyone else in the house, as well as neighbors that there is something seriously wrong. You can teach other members of your family what to do ahead of time as well so that your scream lets them know that they need to take action.
  • ​If your phone is handy and you can call 911 then do it. You should only attempt to call 911 if the person in your room tries to flee, otherwise using your phone is just a distraction that will end up with you getting hurt or overcome by your attacker.
  • Don't wait for the criminal to make the first move, take action and bring the fight to him. The last thing most criminals expect is to have their supposed victim not only fight back but start the conflict. You need to be all over the invader before they have a chance to react. You never wait in this situation because the simple act of the invader being in your room is all the provocation you need to justify your actions. When you initiate the attack, you need to do so in a way that inflicts maximum damage as quickly as possible. This isn't some pushing match that you may have gotten into when you were younger, it's life and death situation. That means you need to be very efficient and brutal with your attack. Remember that the person started this by invading your home and that you need to end it quickly.

​​​Where Can You Learn How To Stop Any Attacker Quickly?

Realizing that you need to learn to need to fight is only the first step in helping to ensure your safety and the safety of your children. The next step is following through and finding a way to learn the skills that you need. Many people who have been in a dangerous situation will try to resolve any future issues by enrolling in martial arts. Are martial arts a good idea? That depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Do you want to learn how to throw pretty kicks and how to spar in a heavily restricted environment? Do you want to spend years in training before you are proficient enough to be able to use your training in a street fight? Or do you want to learn a simple method of self-defense that will enable you to quickly and efficiently stop any attacker? What if you could learn this simple and effective method of self-defense very quickly?

Learning a more efficient and effective form of self-defense is a great decision. After all, if you are confronted by a criminal in your bedroom, it's not like they will show any sympathy. They won't decide to leave you alone until you better your skills. They will attack right away, that's why learning the right type of self-defense is essential.

When looking for the right self-defense program, there are many things you need to keep in mind:

  • ​Make sure that the self-defense program you are considering emphasizes real-world fighting strategies. You should learn how to fight dirty, and how to hurt your attacker quickly. Remember you aren't trying to look good when fighting, and you aren't trying to fight fair. What you are doing is learning how to disable any attacker quickly so that they won't be a threat.​
  • ​Another factor you need to keep in mind is to learn where the program you are looking at originated. Was it created by someone with a background in the military? Or was it created by some guy in a martial arts uniform who may or may not know what he is doing? In most cases, programs created by people with military training end up being the best options. People who take their military training and use it to create a self-defense system usually create a method that is effective. They have learned and trained on how to fight in life or death situations, and they can share that with you.

​​You Need To Take Action Today

Imagine the terror that would course through you if you awoke one night to find a stranger in your bedroom. What would you do? How would you react? What if you are a married man and are out of town? How would you feel if someone was in your home and threatening your wife and children? Nobody wants to think this can happen to them. But it can, and the sooner you realize that, the better off you will be. It's always best in life to hope for the best but always plan for the worst. Is it possible that you will never find yourself in a life or death situation facing off against a criminal? Sure, but it's also possible that you will find yourself in this very situation.

Now what you have to decide is how you want to live your life. Do you want to live with a false sense of security and hope that nothing bad will ever happen to you and your family? Or do you want to take steps to protect yourself and those that you love? Do you want to have the confidence to know that you have the skills and training necessary to be able to fight back? One thing is certain, if you wake up one night to find an intruder in your bedroom, it's going to be too late to regret not getting the self-defense training that you need.


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