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Chris Roberts

My Top 7 Self Defense Frustrations

idiotI thought it might be fun to vent on what my Top 7 Self Defense Frustrations are in regards to self defense.  As usual, this is my opinion so I might be out to lunch, but all I have is my opinion so there,  I stand by these :0).  Please feel free to agree, disagree, or offer some of your thoughts. These are my Top 7 in no particular order:  1)  Instructors Who Skip The Pre-Physical Phase of Self Defense - real self defense is about avoiding violence all together, escaping before the violence begins, or verbally defusing to avoid violence, but so many jump immediately to the physical side of self defense which is often the last step.  Do people not know how to teach it, do they not think it is important enough, ...
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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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