Chris Roberts

Beauty Bites Beast at Montreal Film Festival

  I am thrilled to announce that my friend Ellen Snortland will have her film, "Beauty Bites Beast, The Missing Conversation About Ending Violence" premiering at the Montreal Film Festival on Sunday, Sept 4 at 5:50pm at the Theatre Outremont, 1230-1248 Avenue Bernard, Outremont, QC H2V 1V6, Canada.   As Ellen says, "Our aim with Beauty Bites Beast is to "normalize" women's self-defense, and by extension, kids' self-defense as a human need and right; to inspire those on the fence to see that the drive to protect oneself is not a gendered attribute and to thereby get behind the movement to make empowerment self-defense accessible, portable and affordable." Ellen Snortland is lawyer, teacher, media and first time author boo...
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Chris Roberts

A Message to Mom & Daughter About Leaving For College

momdaughterYou’ve both been waiting for this for a long time, and no doubt mom, your daughter or son has been looking forward to the next phase of their life. Congratulations, it’s an exciting time and one’s post-secondary school years will be some of the most unforgettable, so let’s make sure those memories are great ones! Just remember that your parents are concerned because hey, after all you are the light of their eyes and the news of campus safety and the worry of violence doesn't help them, nor you, so please understand the position they are in.  They have felt some level of control in keeping you safe all these years, and they may fear losing some of that control.  College should be a fun and enlightening experience, a growing exper...
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Chris Roberts

Verbal Skills - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Today, Steven O'Connor, SAFE International Certified Partner in Melbourne, Australia is offering his thoughts on Verbal Skills in self defense which is one of the most lacking topics in my opinion with the majority of instructors focusing on the physical side of self defense.  Please check it out and send us any questions you may have.  Take it away Steven...... In this blog I thought I would address VERBAL SKILLS, what do they mean exactly? We hear all the time terms like VERBAL DE-ESCALATION and VERBAL DEFUSION. But what do they really mean and how do we use this skill to our advantage? We hear all the time on TV/ YOUTUBE clips, words like CALM DOWN and BACK OFF but is this really a good verbal tactic? Let’s take a step back and...
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When Your Child Leaves Home for College

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