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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 #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 Never-Thought-of-It 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 tip number 69 you can see that a strong whack with a rolled-up magazine at even the serrated edge of […]

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Self-Defense Tip #71 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Jacket vs. knife, Part II

Before I show you how to disarm a knife-wielding attacker, here are a few facts: A knife-wise attacker can make five or more knife stabs or cuts in one second, each to a different body part, and can maintain that intensity for a few seconds. (By “knife-wise” I mean an attacker who knows about attacking […]

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Self-Defense Tip #70 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Jacket vs. knife, Part I

In the previous self-defense tip, I have shown how to use a rolled-up glossy magazine to deflect a knife or even knock it from an assailant’s hand. Today’s self-defense tip is about defending against a knife attack by using a jacket or any suitably substantial piece of clothing. Pay attention: The piece of clothing must […]

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Self-Defense Tip #69 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Rolled-up magazine vs. knife, Part I

It is summertime and crime is rising—lowlifes are out and about, and you need to arm yourself as best as you can. I have already written about turning such everyday objects as pencils and credit cards into improvised weapons, for defense or for attack. This self-defense tip, and a few others that will follow it, […]

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Self-Defense Tip #68 — Don’t act stupid!

This self-defense tip continues the theme of looking ahead and avoiding needless risk. See the video of an avoidable streetfight. Two drunks are arguing on a sidewalk, and a couple, a man and a woman, walks by them at an unsafe distance. One drunk, to show off to the other one, backhands the woman as […]

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Self-Defense Tip #67 — Listen to your instinct and act on it!

About a month ago, in Vermont, Melissa Jenkins, mother of a 2-year old boy, was lured out of her house and killed, for fun. She was killed by a couple, a husband and wife. The husband, Allen Prue, used to plow Jenkins’ driveway. He also had repeatedly asked her out on dates, which she declined. […]

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Self-Defense Tip #66 — Ambushing your assailants

In the previous self-defense tip, Knocking Out or Otherwise Incapacitating Assailants, I wrote that the “majority of the most reliable tactics could be called ‘ambushes’” and that someday I will write more about ambushes. Today is that day. In essence, an ambush is an attack done from a setup that deprives the target use of […]

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Self-Defense Tip #65 — Knocking out or otherwise incapacitating assailants

This tip is my comment on an article on knockouts in violent encounters, written by James LaFond and published in Black Belt magazine. First, two lists of various methods of knocking out or otherwise incapacitating an opponent, based on James LaFond’s analysis of 1,675 acts of violence. The lists are arranged in order of effectiveness. […]

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