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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 #104 — Cut-Resistant Fabrics and Knife Attacks

Most terrorist vehicle attacks were followed by knife attacks, because stabbing and slashing disarmed and shocked people with a knife is easy. Empty hands stand no chance against the knife of a determined attacker. To knock out the knife-wielding attacker the defender’s limbs have to enter the knife’s cutting zone–well before being able to reach […]

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Self-Defense Tip #103 — Defense Against Knife Attack: Unbreakable® Umbrella

Now and then, on some forum, someone writes a post about using the Unbreakable® Umbrella for self-defense, for example, against a knife attack. If the post includes a link to unbreakableumbrella.com I get to know about it because my web-stat app tells me where traffic to unbreakableumbrella.com comes from. So, if I get curious about […]

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Self-Defense Tip #102 — Improvised Weapons: Keys

Google “improvised weapons” and you will find instructions on how to use ordinary keys in self-defense, so this is why I titled this tip the way I did. Nevertheless, to me a bunch of keys is not an improvised weapon. To me keys are ordinary utility objects used in an emergency to defend oneself with, […]

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Self-Defense Tip #101 — Defense Against Knife Attack: Empty Hands

What would you do against a blade-wielding attacker in a sterile environment, no equalizers around you, and you can’t run away? This is a question asked by a reader of Self-Defense Tip #98 — Defense Against Knife Attack: Table. Below is the entire exchange between the reader and me. Question: If you could give us […]

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Self-Defense Tip #100 — Empty-Hand Defenses and Deniability

Self-defense techniques must be reliably effective, but they should also be deniable. Deniability is important in self-defense, whether you are armed with everyday objects or empty-handed. I have explained why in Self-Defense Tip #99, which applies to everyday objects you may use for personal protection. This tip though deals with deniability of empty-hand self-defense techniques. […]

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Self-Defense Tip #99 — Good Advice on Deniability

Deniability in self-defense: How to talk safely Modern states, that is police states, have laws to keep their citizens powerless and dependent on the state. They want people to be fearful of exercising their natural rights–such as the right to defend themselves. The states practically prevent people from exercising their right to protect themselves–by making […]

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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 the video “Reality of knife attacks” posted in Self-Defense Tip #97 — Using Staff Weapons: Cane, Umbrella, Walking Stick. The video shows using a table as an obstacle, to slow down the attacker, so […]

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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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