Chris Roberts

SAFE International Self Defense Blog Drill Analysis

SAFE International Self Defense Blog Drill Analysis
SAFE International Self Defense Blog Drill Analysis I recently posted a video of one of our self defense ground drills that we teach to high school students or anytime we are covering how to defend against an attack on the ground. It received a lot of positive attention so I thought I would break it down in more detail in order to explain what is happening and what we are hoping to see and feel from those participating in the drills.  Before we even get to this drill we discuss the importance of avoiding the ground if possible since there are so many disadvantages to being on the ground, with just a few of those disadvantages being that you may be on a surface that is not ground friendly like the mats we train on.  You could be on...
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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