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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 #108 — Thrusting and Poking and the Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella

Now and then we get a question like this one: “Does your [Unbreakable®] telescopic umbrella lock in the extended position or is it a friction hold like an ASP baton? I am curious about whether you can thrust with it.” The answer is, “No, it does not lock in the extended position firmly enough for […]

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Self-Defense Tip #107 — Self-Defense with an Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella

In a previous self-defense tip you learned about a system of self-defense with a walking-stick umbrella or a cane. The essence of that system applies just as well to self-defense use of a telescopic or collapsible Unbreakable® Umbrella. Even so, a reader asked, “How about tips on using the collapsible umbrella?” and I referred him […]

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Self-Defense Tip #106 — The Use of Flashlights in Self-Defense

The primary self-defense function of a flashlight is blinding an attacker. The secondary function is amplifying impacts of strikes. A flashlight that will serve you well in self-defense: is bright enough to temporarily blind the attacker—in a very dark place 80 lumens will do, but the more the better; is small enough to be carried […]

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Self-Defense Tip #105 — Training for Self-Defense with an Umbrella, a Stick, or a Cane

I’d never thought any one would ask about a system of learning and training to use the Unbreakable® Umbrella in self-defense. Even so, some asked and below are two examples of questions I would never have thought of: “I would like to know what self-defense system would be best for learning how to use the […]

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Self-Defense Tip #104 — Cut-Resistant Fabrics and Knife Attacks

Most terrorist vehicle attacks are 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 need 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 find out about it because my web-stat app tells me where traffic to unbreakableumbrella.com comes from. So, if I get curious about a […]

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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, much […]

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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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