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Chris Roberts

Distracted to Death

canstockphoto31122026Is it Darwinism in full effect or is something else going on? I remember as a teenager the most significant distractions to me were sports and girls, but today is much different.  Most youth and adults are distracted by a computer next to their ears.  People are being Distracted to Death daily, and the numbers are rapidly growing.  According to the Reader’s Digest, 60 percent of people texting while walking veered off course in a study published in 2012 by researchers from New York’s Stony Brook University."  In addition,” According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 5,000 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 76,000 injured in traffic collisions in the United States in 201...
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 International™ 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...
Chris Roberts

Bad Ass Confidence in Self-Defense

canstockphoto21913753So you think your appearing bad ass is the same as appearing confident? When does looking confident not work? When you don't feel confident. Might seem simplistic when I say it like that, but many self-defense instructors teach their students to look and act confident but fail to address the question, "But what if I do not feel confident?" If one is isolated and chosen as a potential victim, understand the attacker's perception of you as a good target makes your "show" of confidence most likely ineffective now! The dictionary definition of confidence is, "a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's abilities or qualities." This all ties in with apathy and denial with self-defense which I have addressed before, but i...
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