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Why self-defense is important

By Roy Denish

As the sun began to tuck its chin beneath the magnificent architecture of casinos and mega-hotels, columns of animated neon signs lit up the night skies along the notorious Freemont Street in Las Vegas. Tourists armed with match-box sized digital cameras paraded the streets, clicking away at every breadth and every block. Streets were crowded with all walks of life. Limousines carrying high-end rollers whisked past, cab drivers with semi-clad brunettes and blondes in their back-seats sped by, mothers in strollers pushed their babies amidst the chaos and traffic-infested streets. At the corners of the streets, “street pushers” handed over flyers and business cards for sex shows to everyone including children, only to discover all pamphlets were discarded haphazardly at the next block.

In the dark alleys, prostitutes, pimps, drunkards and beggars gathered to look for their victims. Adrian Cramer, an eccentric from Wisconsin, who came to Vegas in search of employment in the hospitality industry, and has been living on the streets because of his “crack” addiction, stood outside a dimly-lit, ram-shackled East-Indian-run liquor store. He could hardly stand.
His daily routine was to collect about 30 smackers, crack-up, pour cheap Mexican beer down his
throat, enjoy street-sex with a run-away damsel and sleep the night away in an isolated, cold, dark alley.
Tonight is going to be a blessing in disguise. Nobody has dropped so much as a penny into his make-shift “beer-can” begging
bowl.  As his afternoon dose of “crack” was in the process of wearing off, he trained his eyes on a dazzling Asian in her late thirties and high heels, inching toward him.  He pounced on the woman without warning, removing all but some of her jewelry at  lightning speed and took off, leaving the bloodied woman on the ground, screaming for help. Cramer made $75 for the night by selling the “stuff” to a man who ran a buying and selling  business inside a gas station where he worked as a graveyard shift cashier.  He received more than he bargained for.

Projection of Crime Rate in the State of Nevada for 2012

The state of Nevada is not a high-crime state, but it has a considerable number of skirmishes and violent crimes.  According to data compiled by a websitewww.cityrating.com, a site that helps you to “find the best places to live in USA,” Las Vegas crime statistics report an overall upward trend in crime based on data from 10 years, with violent  and property crime increasing. Based on this trend, the crime rate in sin-city is expected to be higher now than it was in 2009. According to the report, the projected crime rate for 2012 would be a total 68,897 crimes, which would include 9973 aggravated assaults, 873 cases of forcible rapes and at least 15,789 Motor Vehicle Thefts.

Nevada’s Department of Public Safety is comprised of nine divisions and three offices committed to
ensuring the safety of the citizens of Nevada and its visitors. Nevada attracts over three million visitors every year. According to the Nevada Department of Public Safety Website, the department has approximately 1,500 full-time employees working in a diverse number of disciplines including Highway
Patrol, Investigations and Narcotics, Parole and Probation, State Fire Marshal, Capitol Police, Training
Division, Technology, etc. The ratio is one police officer per 1815 persons. This predicament has forced many citizens to enroll in self-defense classes.

Why Self-Defense is important

George Bernard Shaw once said “We educate one another; and we cannot do this if half of us consider the
other half not good enough to talk to.”

According the authors of Self Defense and Assault Prevention, Bruce Tegner and Alice Mcgrath, almost
anyone can learn practical self-defense in a fairly short time without becoming an expert fighter. Self-defense is an instruction to minimize the possibility of assault: It is training to learn how to use a small group of simple, effective, physical actions for defense if no other alternative is available; but a Las Vegas Self-Defense expert has taken his teaching to another level. His innovative, bare-handed tactics have earned him a “medal of honor” worldwide. Tim Larkin, the former Navy Seals instructor and a trainer at Target Focus Training www.targetfocustraining.com  says “No woman of any age, be she large or small, needs to fall victim to a rapist if she knows the techniques to disable them.”  Larkin conducts a popular two-day self-defense lecture to help people avoid becoming victims in this bleak economy.

Controversial Tim Larkin

But Tim Larkin is not a stranger to controversies. He is known to shoot off his mouth. He stirred the hornet’s nest in London this year when he said that Mixed Martial Artists think they can rule the roost with their technique and it is just another “combat sport.”  “They are taught to follow rules when in a life-or-death situation; but assailants don’t follow rules,” said Larkin, on a tour to the British capital to teach Brits how to fight back on the gang-riddled streets of London.  “Mixed martial artists draw too much  attention to themselves in public and they are likely to be targeted by the gangsters,” said Larkin, also a former member of the elite U.S. Special Air Services (SAS).  Larkin is not new to controversies; he was persona non grata in Slough, a small town outside of London when he hosted a two day seminar titled “how to kill a man in four moves.”  Tim is the architect of Target Focus Training, an extreme, bare-handed self-defense system, which has no rules apart from instruction in how to disable, maim or even kill an attacker. Larkin  conducts training at Target Focus Training in Vegas.