Chris Roberts

Buying Online Self Defense Certifications

Maybe I am imagining it, but there appears to be more and more online self defense certifications than there were just a few years ago. I am a self defense instructor and I do operate a self defense business. I am in the business of making people safer and in making a profit. I have purposely made our programs affordable for the average person, and in some cases free, for those who may need it, but can' afford it. But where I draw the line is making a profit first and foremost before the responsibility that self defense companies have in my opinion. I get many calls and emails about what it would take to become a certified self defense instructor with SAFE International and quite frankly the majority of my conversations do not go much furth...
Chris Roberts

So You Are Being Choked, What Now?

So You Are Being Choked, What Now?
Here is the first of 3 videos showing some of the options you may have if defending against the Front Choke. Attacking back with gross motor striking/shredding rather than fancy, complicated, memorized techniques gives you your best chance of escape. A front choke is a life threatening attack and doing anything less than damage immediately lowers your chances of survival.  Trying to out muscle your attacker by knocking their arms off or attempting to spin out of it has little effect if the attacker is stronger.   As my friend Richard Dimitri likes to say, "If attacked, you must be engaged in hurting them or they will be engaged in hurting you!" The scenario and its variables will dictate how far you must or can go in defending you...
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Chris Roberts

My Thoughts On "What To Do If Attacked On A Run"

In this blog I would like to offer my thoughts on an article that was in a recent issue of Men's Health titled, "How to Stay Safe On a Run—Especially When a Killer Clown Is Chasing You"  They offer some tips on what to do if attacked while on a run and a number of their recommendations cause me to pause and question. Feel free to agree, disagree, or think I am nuts, but my years of teaching have taught me there are much better ways of responding to an attack while on a jog.  Now, the whole article is in the link above, but here is the section where they offer their advice.  I will offer my thoughts after.  According to Runner’s World—a brand owned by Men’s Health’s parent company, Rodale—here’s how you can stay safe on y...
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