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.&...
Chris Roberts

The Variables of Safety on an Elevator

The Variables of Safety on an Elevator
As part of the SAFE International self defense curriculum we address the topic of safety elevators.  The question of whether to stand or not stand in front of the buttons always gets discussed with people having pretty strong opinions on both and why they think one is safer than the other.  Well, as always, both are possible alternatives, but the reasons behind each one are quite different so one needs to not only look at the structure of an elevator to determine which is better for them, but also look more at their mindset and how prepared they are mentally and physically to react in the event of a possible confrontation or attack.  But first let's analyze what happens before you get on an elevator because rarely does violen...
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...

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