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Self Defense – Learn How To Defend Yourself On The Cheap

Sometime when you have absolutely nothing else to do, look at the Yellow Pages under self-defense classes. There you will see listings for hundreds of people who can teach you self-defense. It involves a big time and money commitment on your part. There’s not only the class time but the time getting there and back. Then there’s the money. They are not cheap. And on top of that you have absolutely no idea what background the person has who is teaching the class. He may be the real estate agent in town or the barber down the road. And nothing against barbers or real estate agents but…
But when you want to learn something, anything, doesn’t it make sense to learn from the best? They have the experience and the know how to teach you things that the others may never learn.
We have always recommended that the foundation for a good self-defense strategy is a self-defense course then followed by getting some self-defense products. Together these will improve your self-defense skills and improve your personal safety and personal security on the cheap.
We have found that the best way to learn self-defense is right in your own home at your own speed. And oh yes while you’re at it, learn from the most highly thought of professionals in the field. This way you can learn at your own pace with or without friends or family and repeated as often as you want.
There are self-defense courses designed for beginners based on the Oriental martial arts “Jeet Kune Do.” It can best be described as a ‘style without style.’ For a beginner who wants to learn the basics of self-defense quickly from an expert this self-defense training DVD called “Street Safe” is perhaps the best in the marketplace.
Then there are other martial arts DVDs for more advanced pupils too. And since women are the targets of much more violence than men, there’s a special martial arts DVD especially for them by an assault survivor and martial arts expert. In the DVD Womens Combat she shows special techniques for women on evasion techniques, predator defense and rape prevention strategies.
Once you have mastered some basic self-defense techniques then move on to getting a self-defense item such as a stun gun, pepper spray, personal alarm or maybe even a taser to round out your program. Armed with some self-defense techniques and one or two items you will become a formidable force not to be messed with.
Having a good protection strategy with a self-defense course then followed by getting some self-defense products will improve your self-defense skills and improve your personal safety and personal security and do it on the cheap too.It appears that your web host has disabled all functions for handling remote pages and as a result the BackLinks software will not function on your web page. Please contact your web host for more information.…

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Why Self Defense Tactics Don’t Just Involve Fighting

You could go to self defense classes every week and feel pretty confident about being able to take care of yourself but unless you have a set of effective self defense tactics, you could be in for a nasty surprise one day. Just because you know a few maneuvers doesn’t mean that you are any less likely to get attacked. A thug will not suddenly look at you and say to themselves ‘oh, that person knows self defense, I better run along’. No attacker knows the strengths of their victim, all they see is weakness. And no amount of martial arts techniques you have learned recently will save you from their clutches unless you have some plan of action. This is necessary to ensure that you don’t freeze when it comes to the crunch.
The first rule of self defense is to avoid placing yourself in a situation where you could be a potential victim. Being a regular member of a Tae-Bo class or practicing self defense four days a week at home doesn’t give you the right to walk down a dangerous looking street at night and expect not to get attacked. Martial arts techniques are nothing without some self-awareness to back them up. Avoiding scary looking shortcuts and being on constant watch when walking is essential because it could help you see trouble out of the corner of your eye. Most thugs are fairly open about their intentions when they are about to attack someone so a watchful person will spot them a mile away.
Staying confident is another effective feature of self defense tactics. People who attack others randomly in the street are generally cowards who will run away at the first sign of genuine resistance. Self-preservation is the name of the game for these creeps who will also flee if it is taking them too long to achieve their objective in case they get apprehended by the police. If you see two people walking, one who has their head up and shoulders back and the other with their head hunched down accompanied by small, scurrying steps, which person do you think is more likely to be attacked? The former target is confident and therefore troublesome while the latter is scared and easy meat for an attacker.
This confidence can be maintained even if confronted. Although some thugs like to stalk their prey, it is more common for the attack to be sudden. This usually occurs if the target is hunched down and petrified as in example B above. If they actually stop you and start with their threats, this means that they have not fully made up their mind. While they don’t know if you are proficient in martial arts techniques just by looking at you, they will be put off attacking you if you keep your ground and show no fear. If they decide on an attack, then it is time to unleash your bag of self defense tricks.
Self defense tactics don’t just involve methods of injuring your assailant, they should also act as a guide with regards to your behavior when you walk the streets. With just a few subtle changes in your demeanor and body language, you could change from being a ‘victim’ to being safe.…

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Street Fighting Moves – Do You Know the 2 Mindsets For Women’s Self Defense and For Middle-Aged Men?

Do you think that the approach to self defense and self protection is the same for women and middle-aged men? In this article, you will discover that there are 2 important mindsets that are vital for effective self defense for the woman as well as for the middle-aged man, 50 and over.
When you walk into the typical strip-mall martial arts dojo to observe a lesson, what is it that you typically see? You usually see, young people, say between the ages of 18 and 35, predominantly and on the average (with the exception of course of the teacher who he himself may be in his 40’s or 50’s) more males than female. You will likely see a lot of showing off of high and spectacular kicks by the senior students. This is the typical traditional martial arts scenario.
What I want to talk about now is what sort of reality-based, proven, easy and tested method can the average woman and/or middle-aged man utilize for effective self defense and self protection.
Essentially there are 2 mindsets that in particular the average woman and middle-aged man must adopt because in both of these cases it will almost always involve a bigger and stronger man attacking you.
The 2 Mindsets for Women’s Self Defense and Self Defense for the Middle-Aged Man
Mindset #1 – Put Situational Awareness and Distance Awareness In The Forefront of Your Personal Safety – You be always be in the moment and notice your environment. Notice suspicious situations and suspicious characters. Once you put on alert your situational awareness, you must know be aware of the proximity of the perceived danger is from you. If you can see danger coming before it hits you, you can either avoid it or more effectively deal with it.
Mindset #2 – Be Not Afraid To Strike First With The Most Destructive Blow Available – The preemptive strike or as some may like to say “the sucker punch” can be the difference between your survival or your demise. When danger approaches, strike first, hard and without hesitation with the most destructive blow available. Let me interject here that one of the easiest to execute and the most destructive first strike blows is the head-butt. The smallest woman or middle-aged man can head-butt an aggressor by surprise and easily cave his nose bone in and knock him out. (Be sure to strike not with the eyebrows or the mid-forehead but with the area high on the forehead, just about where the hairline meets the forehead which is the hardest part of your head.)…

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Learn to Defend Yourself – Why You’re Never Unarmed in a Self Defense Situation

In the realm of self defense thinking and training, there is the idea of being “armed” and “unarmed.” This idea presupposes that you are either carrying a weapon or “empty-handed.” And yet, if we consider that our ability is only as limited as our ability to recognize options, we can see that there is no such distinction to the person who is really skilled at self defense.

This article takes a look at the real ability to be able to defend yourself against a brutal attacker who will be taking advantage of your limiting perceptions and recognition of options.

It’s funny how, once they find out that I teach self defense, many men take this opportunity to puff out their chests and let me know, in no uncertain terms, that they don’t need self defense training because they’ll “just shoot ’em!”

But, when I ask them to allow me to see their weapon, they admit that it’s at home in their dresser drawer, gun safe, or anywhere but on them at the moment.

I then remind them, showing my fists that, “my weapons are right here!”

Now, I don’t say this to intimidate or impress them, and I’m not saying here to impress you. What I am doing is impressing upon you the point of this article – the point that to rely on physical weapons like guns, knives, or any other special tool that has the title of “self defense weapon,” is to ignore not only all of the body weapons that you possess, but to ignore the most powerful weapon you possess – your brain!

I also want you to think about the fact that, if you rely on a weapon for self defense, then you will be practically powerless without it!

In a self defense situation, you must have the ability to:

Adapt to the unique situation in which you find yourself

Recognize and use everyday items for self defense – regardless of whether or not they are commonly perceived as weapons or not

Deal with any weapons he might have brought with him – and even to be able to use his own weapons against him

And, there is also the reality that, even if you have a weapon, you may not be able or justified in using it.

An example of this comes from my days as a police officer. Just because I had a firearm doesn’t mean that I could use lethal force against someone who was trying to punch or wrestle me to the ground. So, not only was my sidearm useless in those situations, but it could also be a liability in that I had to deal with the perpetrator AND guard my weapon against him taking it – AT THE SAME TIME!

Another thing that I talk about in my combat handgun and other weapon training courses is this:

Just because you have a weapon, doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to get to it before he can do damage to you! Imagine having a handgun holstered on your hip while simultaneously staring down the barrel of your attacker’s own gun. If you try to go for your own weapon in this moment, you’ll die.

So, try to avoid falling into the trap of seeing yourself as “armed” if you have a so-called “official” weapon, and “unarmed” if you don’t. Instead, train to be able to:

1) Develop more of your own natural body parts AS weapons, rather than just your hands and feet

2) Recognize everyday items as potential weapons, and…

3) Use even your environment as a tool for self defense.

This way, you’ll never see yourself or feel as if you’re unarmed in any situation.…

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Self Defense Tips – Be Aware of Your Surroundings Walking to Your Vehicle

Being aware of your surroundings as you are walking to your vehicle is one of the most important things in your day-to-day life to protect yourself and avoid a self defense situation. If you park in a garage where you work and are assigned a space, become aware of the vehicles parked around your vehicle. If possible, get to know the other vehicle owners. New friends are always a positive thing in your life. You will be more conscious of an out of place vehicle or person in your area if you know those who should be there at any given time.
Have your keys ready as you approach your vehicle. Taking time to find your keys when you reach the vehicle presents an opportunity for an attack. If you feel you are being followed as you walk to your vehicle, do not go to your vehicle. Continue to a populated area and summon help. It might seem like a good idea to get in the vehicle and lock the doors but if an assailant has some type of weapon they could smash a window and you would be in an undesirable position to defend yourself.
When and where possible back your vehicle into parking spaces. This allows for a quick getaway if the need arises. It also gives you an opportunity to check backup lights, brake lights, turn signals, etc. if there is a wall behind your vehicle. It also allows you a clear view to see if someone is approaching your vehicle after you have gotten into the vehicle. It is much easier to see out the windshield than it is out of the rearview mirrors.
These same ideas apply if you park in an open area or a garage at your place of residence or at the local shopping mall or grocery store. Self defense is an ongoing process of awareness of the situation you are currently in. The more you are able to be aware of your surroundings the better you can protect yourself, your property and others.…

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How Badly Taught Military Self Defense Can Cause You Problems

When you hear the term ‘military self defense’ you automatically think of Green Berets dismantling an attacker with precision moves that an ordinary person could never learn. To be honest, no regular citizen will be able to fight like a marine or soldier because they have years and in some cases decades of training behind them. Yet you have instructors trying teach some of these martial arts techniques in the same way as it would be taught to a military person which is completely wrong. As already stated, these men and women are physically elite so what is taught to them is not applicable to 99% of the population. While this doesn’t mean that the techniques they learn are redundant, it is clear that there are problems with the way they are taught.
The first issue with military self defense as it is often taught is the fact that it focuses on speed and strength above all else. Once again, military personnel are exceptional in both departments, trying to teach an average Joe these maneuvers that are based on you being as strong as your opponent is foolish. Generally speaking, if you are being attacked randomly there is a very good chance that your assailant will be physically stronger than you. Thugs generally don’t go around picking on strong guys because they are cowards at heart and want a confidence boosting exercise which involves beating up weaker people.
Some teachers decide to teach you how to use weapons which is definitely a good idea. However, they overemphasize their importance. Rather than focusing on the person who is the real problem, they keep their eyes firmly on the weapon, seeing it as the be all and end all of the confrontation. If someone attacks you with a knife, obviously your first goal should be to avoid their initial attack and find a way to get that weapon out of their hands. There are several martial arts techniques that can help you with this. Yet once you succeed in disarming them, they are still there, ready and willing to hurt you in some other way. The focus should always on defeating the attacker, not their weapon.
There are many military self defense techniques that can have lethal consequences. Sometimes situations occur when fatalities happen. If a thug attacks you with a gun or knife or a group of people come after you, the ferocity of your defense could accidentally kill someone. While that is more the fault of the legal system, the fierceness of this training presents trainees with another problem. Knowledge of the effectiveness of military techniques could actually cause you to hold back which results in you getting badly hurt. It is necessary to find an instructor who can teach you how to defend effectively without getting in legal trouble.
If you are learning martial arts techniques fused with the expertise of military training, be careful if you ever get involved in a confrontation. Being too fierce or holding back could spell danger whilst focusing on things like strength and the opponent’s weapon should be discarded in favor of learning solid technique.…

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Verbal Skills of Self Defense

Your aim with self defense should be to avoid confrontational situations altogether. Being aware of your surroundings and the people in it is key to this. However, there could be a time when you find yourself in a situation where someone is being verbally aggressive towards you.
Part of your training should include developing verbal skills to enable you to defuse this sort of aggressive behaviour before it escalates. Being able to successfully use these skills will help to prevent a potential aggressor from launching into a physical attack.
Generally a person being verbally aggressive towards you is doing so to “size you up”, they are trying to determine whether or not you are going to be easy prey. Their language is aimed to intimidate you and to try and get you to fall into their script.
They are looking to see if you become passive, fearful, timid and/or nervous. These signs show the aggressor that you are probably going to be an easy target.
Now there are times when you may want to use this type of behaviour as a deceptive strategy, however this carries a higher level of risk. The best course of action is to avoid showing these outward signs. Internally you may be fearful and afraid, but it is important that externally you appear focused, confident, relaxed and ready.
Some situations can start with as little as eye contact. You could be in a busy bar or club and inadvertently make eye contact with someone. Next thing you know they are right up in your face saying “What the f*** are you looking at?” It is important to remember you aim here is de-escalation. Do not get caught up emotionally on what is going on. Try using closed statements rather than questions or open sentences. Simply replying with “nothing”, or “I wasn’t looking at you” will probably lead to a continuation of this aggressive behaviour.
At Practical Self Protection we are committed to, and focus on, reality based self defense training. We focus on state of the art techniques and training methods that give you immediate results.…

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Learn Martial Arts at Home – Learn Realistic Self Defense Without the Hassle of Classes

You probably have a pretty complicated life. Between work and family commitments it can be hard to pursue other activities that are important to you. Nothing is more important to you than your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Since this is something that is so important you need to find a martial arts course that allows you to learn self defense without having to drive back and forth to classes.
Learn Martial Arts at Home
Some people might think that you have to attend regular classes with a black belt instructor to learn how to really fight. That is simply not true. Realistic self defense is all about learning simple, easy to execute techniques that injure your attacker and get you, or your loved ones, out of harm’s way. You don’t have to do any back-flips or scream like an extra in a bad kung-fu movie, you need common sense, yet brutal self defense tactics that can be learned quickly.
Karate Class Alternatives
Instead of heading down to the local strip mall and plopping down a bunch of cash for ineffective lessons, consider an alternative way – learning martial arts at home. There are online self defense lessons that allow you to learn the brutal techniques that will stop your opponent cold in his tracks. You don’t want anything fancy, just the stuff that works. That is exactly what the high quality online self defense classes teach. No frills, no jumps and no blood curdling screams. Just high impact, effective techniques that can help you take out a potentially dangerous attacker.
The Choice is All Yours
If you want to pay a lot of money and spend years earning different degrees of colored belts, there’s nothing inherently wrong with that. But if you want the realistic, cutting edge training that allows you to unleash devastatingly powerful self defense techniques, you may want to consider a course that allows you to learn martial arts at home.…

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Self Defense Tip – Install Additional Locking Devices on Windows For Home Self Defense

Installing additional locking devices on windows and sliding glass doors in your residence is an inexpensive and effective way to defend yourself. Most windows and sliding doors come with locking mechanisms but they are not really designed for self defense. They are merely designed for low end use. If you have a dog or cat door between the sliding glass door and the wall the locking mechanisms are sometimes even less effective.
One of the least expensive window locking devices is a wooden dowel. A wooden dowel is quite effective as well. Purchase a length of dowel from the local hardware store or use an old broom handle, wooden or metal. Cut the dowel to the desired length and lay it in the channel the window or sliding glass door runs through. This works best with windows that move horizontally from left to right or vice versa.
Make sure the dowel is large enough in diameter that the window does not pass over it. Also make sure the dowel is not easily breakable when the window or sliding door is forcefully pushed against it. That would defeat the whole purpose of having it there in the first place. Do not make the length so long that it is difficult to put in or get out. But do not make it short enough to let the dog or the kids out without removing it. Again, if it is too short, it defeats the purpose of having it there.
Vertical windows typically require installing a true manufactured window lock. Obviously there are many sliding glass door and window locks on the market. Both vertical and horizontal window locks and sliding door locks are available in many price ranges. The most important thing to keep in mind when purchasing a window lock is how easy they are to open in the event of an emergency or self defense scenario.…

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Martial Arts Self Defense Techniques – 2 Self Defense Techniques to Escape a Head Lock

A head lock is one of the most intimidating and most excruciating ways to be attacked. The attacker can apply enough force to quickly render a victim unconscious or break the neck. One needs to be able to escape a head lock very quickly. In this article we will discuss two self defense techniques to escape from a head lock.
Martial arts practitioners learn to escape a variety of holds and grabs. Oftentimes the more force that is applied to a technique the higher degree of success. Speed of implementation of the technique is also required. The longer an attacker is able to be in control the more a victim can be injured. Once released the victim should counter attack or flee.
One martial arts self-defense technique involves just the fingers. If the headlock is applied with the attacker’s right arm, the victim can raise their left arm up the back of the attacker until the face is located. Place two fingers under the assailant’s nose and pull back forcefully. There is a pressure point directly under the nose that when pulled in this way can cause intense pain. An alternative is to drive the fingers into the aggressor’s eyes.
Most headlocks leave the defender on one side of the attacker. A second martial arts self defense technique is to step in front of the attacker and strike them in any of the vulnerable parts of the body. Punches should be aimed at the solar plexus, diaphragm or groin. Foot kicks and knee kicks should be aimed at the legs, shins or knees of the assailant. The victim can use the heel of their foot to stomp the top of the attacker’s foot.…