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Chris Roberts

Walking A Fine Line Giving Self Defense Constructive Criticism

I was thinking about something I say at almost every self defense seminar I conduct.  Inevitably, someone will share a story where they did an amazing job making choices that have helped them to avoid a potentially dangerous scenario, or with the choices they made if it did become physical to get away.  I will usually tell the group that if someone does 9 out of 10 things "considered wrong" by most self defense teachers, but they survive, then they have done an amazing job.  See, some people will do virtually everything "considered right" by most self defense instructors and they still get attacked, while others do everything "considered wrong" and never get attacked. The goal for me teaching self defense is to give people op...
Chris Roberts

Being Too Polite Can Be Dangerous

One of the topics that runs through all SAFE International Self Defense seminars is discussion on "How being too polite can be dangerous".  Yes, being too polite can be dangerous. Someone who is going to harm you is going to look for someone they can take advantage of.  I am not sure how many self defense companies talk about this issue, but it is very important to cover when teaching civilians in a standard self defense course. SAFE International makes this topic a priority in its teachings.  If someone offers you help and you feel uncomfortable, and your intuition kicks in, say "NO" in a confident manner, not in a threatening one.  If they keep persisting, they are ignoring the answer you just gave them which is a...
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 ...
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