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At the helm of SAFE International™ is founder and CEO Christopher Roberts. Since forming SAFE International™ over 20 years ago, Chris has firmly established his company as Canada’s leader in self-protection instruction. And in doing so, has expanded throughout the U.S. and internationally as well.

Chris Roberts

It is Rape, so Call it Rape!

rape"It is Rape, so Call it Rape!"  The moment I bring up the word "rape" most people cringe, but when I bring up the term "sexual assault" people seem a little less apprehensive to talk about it.  Why?  This is something I have thought about for the past 25 years of teaching self-defence but have never written about it in this much depth, but with the #MeToo movement having sparked further discussion the past couple years, I felt it a good time.  When SAFE Internationalâ„¢ teaches self-defense to teenagers in schools, it is not uncommon for a teacher to tell us it is okay to bring up the term "sexual assault," but please do not use the term, "rape." When asked why, most do not have an answer other than saying they find the te...
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The Use of Violence & Its Consequences

I want to share one of the most important videos I have seen in regards to The Use of Violence and Its Consequences when not used for self-defence, but rather to fight. Often it is easy to tell people what these consequences may be, but when you hear them from someone who is living with those decisions made, it gives you a completely different outlook. And most people think it affects only the victim and their attacker, but in reality, it affects everyone in their lives. It changes and often destroys the lives of their families, friends, and other loved ones. This video features a gentleman by the name of Ahmad Bajouri.  To read about his case you can follow this link... Supreme Court of New South Wales - Court of Criminal Appeal ...
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Big Mouth Angry Guy Video Analysis

In this Instagram video, you see a confrontation with a Big Mouth Angry Guy who goes against virtually every verbal de-escalation rule that we teach but does go to show that anything, as unstrategic as it is, does have a chance of working depending on your goals. In my opinion, most times this approach has a high probability of escalating the potential for violence. Here are just a few of the things he says... "Step the Fu... Back!" - commanding him what to do. "Calm the Fu...Down!" - like yelling calm down will do that, so not sincere lol! "I am Warning You!" - threatening him. "I Didn't Touch your Sh...t!" - calling him a liar. And on and on with the threats, commands, etc. The angry guy proceeds to stand in front of the motorcycle. See I...
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