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Tips on how to defend against common attacks, how to use everyday objects in self-defense, how to tell realistic defenses from phony defenses, how to develop mental toughness for self-defense, how to select a self-defense system, a self-defense instructor, or a martial arts school.

Self-Defense Tip 98 — Defense Against Knife Attack: Table

Always be ready to use all available weapons…. This video is a comment on one of many clips from a video “Reality of knife attacks” posted in Self-Defense Tip #97 — Using Staff Weapons: Cane, Umbrella, Walking Stick. Attention: Applying any of the techniques mentioned above is your sole responsibility. Neither Real Self-Defense LLC nor […]

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Self-Defense Tip #97 — Using Staff Weapons: Cane, Umbrella, Walking Stick

Speak softly, keep your distance, and carry a big stick–but make sure it is a solid one. View these videos: Now you see why the stick (or umbrella) you carry better be solid, like this one: or this one: NOT like this one: Attention: Applying any of the techniques mentioned above is your sole responsibility. […]

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Self-Defense Tip #96 — Cane or umbrella vs. knife and baseball bat: What is right and what is wrong?

Look at demos of defenses against a knife threat and a baseball attack, and comment on what is right and what is wrong with these defenses (scroll down the page to submit your comment). Defense against a knife threat 1 Defense against a knife threat 2 Defense against a baseball attack Click here for self-defense […]

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Self-Defense Tip #95 — Don’t Speak the Language

When spoken to by a suspicious stranger, reply in a language the stranger doesn’t understand and keep on moving. Replying in a different language is better than not replying at all: No reply leads to repeated attempts of the “test line,” perhaps with closing the distance. An incomprehensible reply confuses first and then makes strangers […]

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Self-Defense Tip #94 — Six Myths of Police Training vs. Rational Training Know-How

I thought you might find interesting my recent article on skill training, because it quotes extensively from Hock Hochheim’s post “6 myths of police training that inhibit effective learning,” which, in turn, is based on Robert Bragg Jr.’s presentation on skill instruction at the latest conference of the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association. […]

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Self-Defense Tip #93 — Terror and Chutzpah

“You risked your lives to defend an idea, an idea of liberty, of freedom,” French president François Hollande told four of the six men who fought the terrorist, at a ceremony held at the Elysee Palace in Paris. “Since Friday, the entire world admires your courage, your sangfroid, your spirit of solidarity,” he said. “This […]

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Self-Defense Tip #92 — Terrorism and Altruism

Six people recently fought a well-armed terrorist, and with plenty of guts and a little luck, they won. Then, on the radio, I heard nonsense from a Yale psychology professor about how they altruistically risked their lives to save strangers. Where is the altruism? Altruism is when someone who is not in danger does something […]

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Self-Defense Tip #91 — Whack, Then What? Arrest?

A British policeman sees a problem with Unbreakable® Umbrella and suggests an improvement to help deal with an attacker one has subdued. Suggestion: I recently bought the telescopic model umbrella through your UK distributor. It is so inconspicuous that I walked right past the security at a bar in London last week and they didn’t […]

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Self-Defense Tip #90 — Punching After Takedown

Ronda Rousey, top, and Liz Carmouche during the UFC women’s bantamweight championship, in 2013 What if the opponent lying on the ground had a blade? How well would the punching go? It is one thing to punch someone when risking only a punch back but a much different thing when risking crippling cuts and stabs. […]

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Self-Defense Tip #89 — Knife in groundwork

Don’t you think there is something wrong with this book cover? Considering that in addition to the point, the knife has a sharp edge or even two, which can cut forward and backward with little pressure, why use it as if it were a dull stake needing a lot of force behind it? I don’t […]

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Self-Defense Tip #88 — Empty hands vs. knife

A very educational video of a real knife fight: It is amazing it was not over much sooner. . . . The video shows how difficult it is to defend oneself without an “arm extender.” It also shows that although the defender was brave, he lacked the common sense to take off his backpack when […]

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Self-Defense Tip #87 — Using Edged Weapons: Straight Razor and Bicycle Spoke

This tip continues the topic of edged weapons most often used in street attacks. Today, straight razors and sharpened bicycle spokes. Straight razor: This weapon slashes and is obviously not suitable for stabbing. In skilled hands, a straight razor can disable a knifer because a very light contact with flesh, say a knifer’s forearm, cuts […]

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