One of the key factors in learning self defense is acknowledging our fears, understanding them and not being consumed by them. First and most important is that we need to look at our mind when comes to personal protection and self-preservation. Our mind and subsequently our perceptions can be strongly influenced by our feelings as well as memories that are unique to our personal life experience. This creates an imperfect thought process further influenced by our perceptions of what is occurring in the moment. Through long term (and correct physical training) as well as deep personal awareness training in martial arts we can understand what our real fears are. This training will help mitigate our feelings are reactions as well as keep us safe in a constantly changing environment.