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Chris Roberts

Verbal Skills - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Today, Steven O'Connor, SAFE International Certified Partner in Melbourne, Australia is offering his thoughts on Verbal Skills in self defense which is one of the most lacking topics in my opinion with the majority of instructors focusing on the physical side of self defense.  Please check it out and send us any questions you may have.  Take it away Steven...... In this blog I thought I would address VERBAL SKILLS, what do they mean exactly? We hear all the time terms like VERBAL DE-ESCALATION and VERBAL DEFUSION. But what do they really mean and how do we use this skill to our advantage? We hear all the time on TV/ YOUTUBE clips, words like CALM DOWN and BACK OFF but is this really a good verbal tactic? Let’s take a step back and...
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Chris Roberts

Should Self Defense be Considered a Life Skill

Should Self Defense be Considered a Life Skill
The few times I have expressed that sexual assault is an epidemic, boy, do I get challenged.  When I offer statistics on sexual assault, I get labeled a fear mongerer and get challenged on the reliability of statistics. My experience over the past 22 years of teaching self defense is that regardless of any statistics, the occurrences of sexual assault have become very widespread and that the issue of sexual assault is REAL!  Some will say that social media blows the issue of sexual assault out of proportion and that it is no worse than years ago! Does it really matter if there are more sexual assaults or not, there are STILL sexual assaults! One of the biggest challenges, we in the self defense business face, is the prevalent att...
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Chris Roberts

To Yell or Not to Yell in Self Defense

An angry young woman shouts with wide open mouth and hands near her face.The majority of our SAFE International clients are women.  One of the questions I often get is, "If an attacker tells me NOT to yell or they will kill me, should I yell?" As always, I can't give any definite answers, but I will ask people to consider the following: -  why do they not want you to yell?  One of the things attackers do not want is to get caught and yelling attracts attention. You may be apprehended at a public location and yelling is often the first and most important strategy.  If taken to a secondary location, the odds of anyone hearing you are drastically reduced.  But again there is no guarantee any strategy will work everytime.  My recommendation is that if you decide to yell, make sure...
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