Chris Roberts

Axe Attack In Sydney Australia

I was just made aware of this video out of Sydney, Australia of an axe attack by a woman who enters this convenience store dressed in a pair of shorts, running shoes, and sleeveless shirt casually carrying an axe in one hand.  I really find the videos posted and analyzed by Active Self Protection to be useful so I thought I would share their video of the attack with their comments while adding some additional thoughts that I have.  This is not to say the great folks at Active Self Protection agree with anything I am saying, but thought might be valuable to hear their advice as well as mine.  It is easy to play armchair quarterback and think one knows what they would do, but when one is in the situation, completely different f...
Chris Roberts

Do Not Count on Help in Self Defense

ISS 5452 032631Over the past 23 years I have had the privilege of hearing thousands of women share their stories, sometimes very personal ones of incidents where they have felt uncomfortable, experienced aggressive behaviour, or violence.  Often when we break down the stories, many will ask why no one who may have been present has helped them.  Well answering that could take hours and hours, but I will offer a few  reasons I have heard and shared over the years.  Fear and Lack of Knowlege -  first and foremost most people are just afraid to help not wanting to risk hurting themselves.  It is much easier for most people to just exit the situation if they do not know what to do.  They may justify to themselves at the time ...
Chris Roberts

Do Not Fear The Stranger so Much in Self Defense

When we conduct our self defense seminars whether that be in high schools, privately, corporately or to a group of women, it is common for many questions to come up in regards to being attacked by the stranger lurking in an alley, on a path, or on the side of the road if your car breaks down when in fact people should look much closer to home, and most times in their own home.  Of course there are attacks committed by strangers, but the vast amount of time the attack will take place by someone known to the victim whether that be a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend or acquaintance.  The statistics do vary, but regardless of where I have found them, they all seem to agree that you are more likely to be attacked by someone known.&...

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