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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 #59 — Bulletproof umbrella?

Now and then we get asked if our Unbreakable® Umbrella is bulletproof and whether we can make its canopy out of a bulletproof fabric, such as Kevlar® or Spectra Shield®. Keeping in mind that the Unbreakable® Umbrella weighs under 2 lb, the question “Is it bulletproof?” shows ignorance of the way the so-called “bulletproof” fabrics […]

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Self-Defense Tip #58 — Tactical Pen vs. an Ordinary Pencil, or “Pay More for Less”

Glancing through the recent issue of Black Belt magazine, which I get free because I run my ads in it sometimes, I stumbled upon a write-up of a “tactical pen.” There are several such “tactical” pens from various companies, priced from under $20.00 to $250.00. This one costs $100.00. Here it is: Look at its […]

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Self-Defense Tip #57 — Knockouts and other fight enders

Here is a video one of my friends, Karim, posted on his Facebook page with his comment: K1 Greatest Knockouts Karim’s comment: This video shows just how powerful K1 truly is. The best fighting on the planet has been squeezed into this clip. Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You can lock and grapple as long as you like but […]

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Self-Defense Tip #56 — Physical conditioning for mental toughness in self-defense, Part II

This tip continues the subject of tip number 54. In that tip a video shows conditioning drills for self-defense. Those conditioning drills are OK, but they could be made more effective for developing mental toughness for fighting, without taking much more energy or time. All that needs to be added to them is a little […]

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Self-Defense Tip #55 — The Unbreakable® Umbrella in self-defense, Part II

In the following video you can see a few sensible self-defense techniques, along with some that are too fancy for my taste. Never mind the quality of demonstrators and the demonstration, just look at the techniques: In the next one the techniques are too defensive, but that is because the demonstrators in that video use […]

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Self-Defense Tip #54 — The Unbreakable® Umbrella in self-defense, Part I

Originally I planned to post now the second part of the self-defense tip on physical conditioning for mental toughness in self-defense (for the first part see self-defense tip #53). Yesterday, however, I received a testimonial for the Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella from a self-defense instructor, including a video from his self-defense school, and decided to post […]

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Self-Defense Tip #53 — Physical conditioning for mental toughness in self-defense – Part I

One of the tools of developing mental toughness is physical conditioning. Done correctly, physical conditioning gives a mental edge specific to self-defense. Fighters know that conditioning in itself is a weapon, not just in the physical sense but also in the mental sense. In a conflict a well-conditioned person is calmer than a poorly conditioned […]

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Self-Defense Tip #52 — More on temper in self-defense

“Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.”—Frank Moore Colby As people lose their tempers, they lose good perception, reaction time, coordination, and accuracy. They are that much easier to outmaneuver. The corollary to the above is that: Beware of people whose physiological signs go down during a confrontation, who do not […]

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Self-Defense Tip #51 — Your temper and your reaction time

“Keep your temper. Do not quarrel with an angry person. It is foolish and an exercise in futility. Give him a soft answer. It is commanded by holy writ, and furthermore, it will make him a lot madder than anything else you could say.”—Prairie Rambler “An angry mind is a weak mind. A weak mind […]

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Self-Defense Tip #50 — Writer’s questions on design and function of the Unbreakable® Umbrella

I have been asked a few questions on the Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella by a writer doing article research for magazines such as Front Sight and Tactical Gear Mag on self-defense tools available for everyday carry. Below are his questions and my answers. Q: Can you elaborate on the differences of your two handle designs of […]

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Self-Defense Tip #49 — Before you say a word

Before you say a word… position yourself! That is it. Think it through. Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express. For a complete list of our products, click here.

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Self-Defense Tip #48 — Are you planning to fly?

Planning to fly? Keep in mind this news item: On Saturday, January 2nd, police has placed real bomb components into check-in bags of nine different passengers at two airports in Slovakia. One of those passengers, Stefan Gonda, who flew to Dublin, didn’t find out about the RDX plastic explosive hidden in his bag until Monday […]

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