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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 #61 — Legal advice on deadly force

A must read if after defending from a criminal assault you don’t want to be victimized by the law: Legal Advice on Deadly Force From the Witness Stand, by Ernest Emerson And, on a lighter note, there are no legal dangers if you are attacked by coconuts: Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts […]

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Self-Defense Tip #60 — Self-defense resources — Free!

In this tip I share with you a few valuable resources. Here they are: US Concealed Carry at www.usconcealedcarry.com offers much more than just info on guns in self-defense. You will also find there info that pertains to self-defense and personal protection whether you are armed or not. You don’t have to be a member […]

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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 a subject mentioned in self-defense tip number 54. In that tip a video shows conditioning drills for self-defense. In this tip I present a video of a fighting drill. Those drills (those in tip number 54 and the one above) are OK, but they could be made more effective for developing mental […]

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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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