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Chris Roberts

Is Your Self Defense Business And/Or Knowledge Evolving?

I can honestly say that what I teach today is a very different program than what I began teaching approximately 20 years ago.  In virtually every business, sport, or your own knowledge base on any topic, you are constantly learning, adding, deleting, or questioning new ideas, thoughts, or material.  What I taught 20 years ago is what I knew at that time.  While I do occasionally make fun of what I used to teach, I also have a respect for what I taught because I have accepted that is what I knew at the time, and believed it was "the best" I could offer my clients.  BUT, I also knew that keeping an open mind would not only be better for my own learning, but also, anything I could add that might improve my client's chances ...
Chris Roberts

What Disrespect Have You Seen At Self Defense Seminars?

Over the past 25 years I have attended many self defense seminars, and I have taught countless seminars.  I have heard stories where the instructor has been disrespectful to students, and I have heard stories where the students have been disrespectful.  That disrespect may come in the form of communication, or it may come in the form of "challenging" the students or the teacher.  I would be curious to hear what others have experienced. Which is more disrespectful? I would say that a teacher being disrespectful is worse since they are supposed to be the coach or leader at a seminar and in control of their emotions, but I have heard of times where the teacher needed to meet the challenge otherwise they may gotten hurt. One sto...
Chris Roberts

If It Were Only That Simple To Deal With Bullies

I am not sure it is this easy.  I found these suggestions on a website about how to deal with bullies. Suggestions for ignoring the bully: Walk away when the bully approaches you. Try and imagine that you’re walking away from a friend. This can be a way of making sure your body language (which you’re usually unaware of) doesn’t give away a sense of fear; Concentrate on something else. Try thinking about what you’ll do next weekend, counting to 100, or planning your homework; Have a saying or a statement that you can repeat in your head when the bully approaches you to block out a sense of fear. My Thoughts - What if you can't walk away.  Far too simplistic to say walk away! What if they chase you or what if you are blocked wi...
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