Self Defense Blog
I just recently watched an thought-provoking docuseries on Netflix called "The Keepers." It is about the 1969 unsolved murder of a Baltimore, Maryland nun, Sister Cathy Cesnik, and the connection to a conspiracy to hide the murder, even to this day, ...despite overwhelming evidence of a cover-up. While I highly recommend you take time to watch the docuseries, this blog will not focus so much on the particulars, but instead on how and why so many people think that when it comes to victimization, the only victim is the person who the "act" of sexual or physical abuse was perpetrated on. There is a domino effect, it impacts those we love, our family & friends, even strangers. Picture a spider web, reaching out to people around the g... More
Often there is discussion between the differences of combatives vs self defense. Both have their place in training, but both are not the same so thinking that only learning combatives is learning self defense is not accurate and vice versa. One... of the definitions of combatives is, "hand to hand combat training and techniques" with no mention of avoiding violence. Self defense on the other hand in the dictionary is defined as, "the use of reasonable force to protect oneself or members of the family from bodily harm from the attack of an aggressor, if the defender has reason to believe he/she/they is/are in danger." As I am reading both of those, I must say that I wish the self defense definition also included the wording th... More
Recently I ran a contest in which I posted a picture of a confrontation between two men. I asked for people's thoughts on the positives and negatives of both parties in the image in regards to self defense. Meaning I wanted people to offe...r what each person was doing well or poorly if it was analyzed from a self defense perspective. I was not even looking at it from the angle of who is the good or bad buy, just evaluate the body language from a still shot. We had some great responses and the prize was a free Rich'N Roberts video from our SAFE International shop. I thought I might offer some of my thoughts on the picture as well. Remember this picture is just a moment in time and in reality would be changing cons... More
I thought it might be fun to vent on what my Top 7 Self Defense Frustrations are in regards to self defense. As usual, this is my opinion so I might be out to lunch, but all I have is my opinion so there, I stand by these :0). Pleas...e feel free to agree, disagree, or offer some of your thoughts. These are my Top 7 in no particular order: 1) Instructors Who Skip The Pre-Physical Phase of Self Defense - real self defense is about avoiding violence all together, escaping before the violence begins, or verbally defusing to avoid violence, but so many jump immediately to the physical side of self defense which is often the last step. Do people not know how to teach it, do they not think it is important enough, ... More
SAFE International Self Defense has taught more than 200,000 high school students in Ontario. Part of our mission is to keep our youth SAFE which is a responsibility we take very seriously, so I feel it very important to share our experiences t...eaching in high schools because WE CARE!!! Here is a recent story of a stranger walking the halls of a public elementary school in Orillia, ON Canada and it reminded me of something we have consistently mentioned to teachers and administrators at high schools here in Canada. While we do the majority of our work in high schools, not elementary schools, the security of high schools is easier to take advantage of in my opinion. http://www.orilliapacket.com/2016/03/23/inappropriate-comm... More
Let's face it; going through life without any scars to show or really cool stories to tell is kind of embarrassing. You know the situations I'm talking about, you and your buddies are sitting around and one guy shows where he got bitten by a shark and so the next guy has to top that scar by showing where he got cut in a bar over some girl. Meanwhile, as the scars get bigger and the tales grow taller you're left sitting there with nothing but a faded scraped knee from when you were 5 and an appendectomy scar. It is not only embarrassing it is kind of demoralizing to be the odd man out. Thankfully, as our world has grown progressively more dangerous it is easier than ever to become part of the 'in crowd' and gain your own set of scars and fre...