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  • Should I Hit A Woman In Self Defense?

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    Category: Self Defense


    Somebody asked me, “what would you do if a woman was legitimately attacking you, trying to hurt you, either with punches or a weapon?” It’s an interesting question, and one that I’ve gotten before. It’s worth a detailed answer. My flip answer would be, “well I’d probably rely less on groin strikes.”

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    A Perfect Self Defense System

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    Let me be clear, there is no such thing as a perfect self defense system. When I talk about a perfect self defense system, I am also not opening up the old “which is the best style in the world” debate. That debate is nonsense. Always has been. Always will be. To make a bold […]

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    Responding to the Boston Marathon Bombing

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    Category: News


    The bombing, deaths, and injuries at the Boston Marathon horrified the world. I lived in Boston for 20 years, have friends who were running in and watching the Marathon live. I feel deeply about what happened. Despite the initial horror, and sense of loss, I can’t help but feel touched by the heroic and generous […]

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    The Myth About Professional Fighters and Self Defense

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    Category: Self Defense


    Recently, Black Belt Magazine posted a quote from the late legend Joe Louis: Against a professional fighter’s speed, accuracy and field-tested willpower, I don’t believe any self-defense expert, regardless of style, would have a prayer. While I have the greatest respect for Joe Louis, this quote represents another myth that’s common in martial arts circles. […]

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    The Overconfidence Lie In Self Defense

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    Category: Self Defense


    Over at my I Love Martial Arts Facebook Page, I shared a story from a woman who had successfully defended herself against a sexual predator. I also shared that I knew people who had defended themselves against even armed multiple attackers. People, trained and untrained, defend themselves successfully every day. So, some nice person replies […]

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    Police Zap Blind Man With Taser – Hoplophobia

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    Category: News


    Police in the UK, hunting for a man with a sword, used a Taser on a blind man with a cane by mistake. Even worse, the man was 61 and had previously suffered two strokes. Thank goodness he was OK. Now, I wasn’t there so I’m not going to guess at what happened. The poli […]

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    Self Defense Is An Affirmative Defense In the Law

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    It’s amazing to me sometimes how many self-defense instructors seem to have little knowledge or regard for the law. Often you’ll hear phrases like, “it’s better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.” I really dislike that saying. I am not a lawyer (and certainly offer no legal advice here), but I do […]

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    Women’s Self Defense Course in Southern Maine

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    Category: Self Defense


    In the US, 9.1 million people a year will be victims of violent crime. 1 out of 6 women will be the victims of attempted or completed rape. It just makes sense to get some self defense training. On November 5th and 12th, I will be teaching my first public seminar in Maine. A Women’s […]

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    Why Tactical Pens Suck

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    Category: self defense weapons


    I am a fan of improvised weapons, but not a fan of weapons designed to look or function as something else. I think they can get you into unsuspected legal trouble, and they often aren’t good weapons. In the following video, I take a look at tactical pens. I demonstrate, using the Uzi branded tactical […]

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    The Aurora, CO Shooting – A Step Back

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    Category: News


    When events like the shooting at the Batman premiere in Aurora, CO by suspect James E. Holmes take place, they are understandably frightening. People’s reactions under such conditions are understandable, and predictable. The anti-gun folks and the pro-gun folks will both use events like this to stump for their respective positions. People will look for […]

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