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Self-Defense Tips

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 #83 — Using Blunt Weapons

In this tip I will deal with using blunt weapons for self-defense. About other kinds of weapons I will write at another time. Whenever you strike an assailant in self-defense, your strike cannot merely anger the assailant, or worse, amuse him. If you use a weapon and anger the assailant instead of disabling him, your […]

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Self-Defense Tip #82 — In a Confrontation Don’t, Part III

When in a confrontation. . . . Don’t be an easy target–don’t get into an easy range. Get out of the way of potential assailants. If you see a bunch of thugs, give them a wide berth–if they move toward you anyway, you will have a head start running away or getting ready to fight […]

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Self-Defense Tip #81 — In a Confrontation Don’t, Part II

When in a confrontation. . . . Don’t warn–it’s stupid, unless you have your gun drawn and trained on the attacker and you are in a good position. Warning involves talking, so besides revealing intentions and capabilities, it slows down talker’s reaction time. Instead of talking, move and as you do, get a hold of […]

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Self-Defense Tip #80 — In a Confrontation Don’t, Part I

When in a confrontation. . . . Don’t just stand there–move! Get off the line of a possible attack, like here: Watch also instruction at 2 min 38 sec (triangle footwork) and at 5 min 22 sec (moving to the outside). Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of […]

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Self-Defense Tip #79 — Knives, Push Daggers, and Pencils

If you viewed the video in my Self-Defense Tip #58 — Tactical Pen vs. an Ordinary Pencil, or “Pay More for Less,” you noticed a peculiar grip I used in the demo. That grip turned an ordinary pencil from a mere bloody annoyance into a decisive lethal weapon. Here you can see this grip applied […]

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Self-Defense Tip #78 — Don’t Talk to the Police

A lecture by a law professor and a former defense attorney on why you should not talk to police officers. Here I quote one of the many reasons given by the professor why you should not talk to the police (beginning at 21:10 of the video): “Police make mistakes … innocently, inadvertently, unintentionally. Any statement, […]

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Self-Defense Tip #77 — Avoid Large Gatherings

Avoid large gatherings, especially those that occur on a schedule. They are pickpockets’ place of work and terrorists’ target. Yes, stay away from crowds, and never mind feel-good declarations like those following bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon: “The 2014 Boston Marathon will be an act of defiance and courage,” “Let’s show them! I’ll run […]

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Self-Defense Tip #76 — OODA Loop

Training in an effective self-defense system shortens your OODA loop. OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. In the smallest-scale tactics (i.e., in hand-to-hand combat), the loop boils down to this simple interpretation: Observe: Be alert. See what and who is around you. Orient: As you observe, orient and position yourself so as not to […]

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Self-Defense Tip #75 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Why Unbreakable® Umbrella?

Why have I decided to produce Unbreakable® Umbrellas for Real-Self-Defense LLC rather than Kubotan-like key chains or tactical pens? Here are my reasons: 1. An umbrella is longer than a Kubotan or a pen, so you can hit your attacker from a greater distance. (In defense, distance is your friend, at least in the first […]

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Self-Defense Tip #74 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Hit and grab easier than just grab alone

Having an “arm extender” in a physical altercation is better than being empty-handed. Even if your arm extender is such that striking with it won’t disable the attacker (a rolled-up magazine or a piece of clothing, for example), you can use it to set up a decisive empty-hand action. Your strikes, by slowing down the […]

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Self-Defense Tip #73 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Umbrella vs. knife

This self-defense tip is about defending against a knife attack by using an umbrella. I will begin with techniques and tactics suitable for the Unbreakable® Umbrella. That’s because these are easier to practice than those possible with regular umbrellas. They are more reliable too. Because the Unbreakable® Umbrella is as sturdy as it is and […]

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Self-Defense Tip #72 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Rolled-up magazine vs. knife, Part II

This self-defense tip continues the subject of defending against a knife attack using everyday objects, which began with tip number 69, Everyday Objects as Improvised Weapons of Self-Defense: Rolled-up Magazine vs. Knife, Part I. In the tip number 69 you can see that a strong whack with a rolled-up magazine at even the serrated edge […]

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