Chris Roberts

Toronto High School Principal Endorses SAFE International

Recently we had a story arise where the skills that we taught at a school had to unfortunately be used.  I say unfortunately because I have always measured "success" in self defense by the less stories we hear, the more times violence was avoided.  But because nothing has "happened", it is hard to measure.  But occasionally we do hear from students where the material SAFE Internationalâ„¢ has taught them has helped ensure they got home safely to their family.  This has driven our passion to keep spreading our teachings over the past 23 years.  Richard Dimitri was recently teaching at a school in the Toronto District School Board where a young girl had just finished attending just 3 of the self defense classes.  S...
Chris Roberts

How You Appear to Your Aggressor in Self Defense

How You Appear to Your Aggressor in Self Defense
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...
Chris Roberts

My Top 10 Self Defense Scenario Observations

My Top 10 Self Defense Scenario Observations
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 offer 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...

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