Reality-Based Self Defense and Personal Protection Resources
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PREVENT VIOLENCE VS. DO VIOLENCE: PART I

Being able to prevent violence and being able to do violence are two very different things. That’s obvious, right? When stated in opposition like that, it’s self-evident. And yet, I get enough feedback to tell me it’s still fuzzy in most people’s heads. Nearly everyone we train shows up looking for the former — they […] Read More

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SELF DEFENSE TRAINING: KILLING WITH RULES

During self defense training, you learn that there are stark differences between competition and killing. And yet, when it comes to making the distinction, I’ve found that some people have a hard time differentiating one from the other. A common comment I hear from competitors (whether in boxing, karate or mixed martial arts) is that […] Read More

SELF PROTECTION QUESTION: HOW CAN I JUSTIFY THE USE OF VIOLENCE?

Tobias from Sweden writes in this self protection question: “I find myself agreeing more and more about your specific way of thinking when it comes down to surviving life-or-death self-defense situations, especially in regards to the fact that the bad guys don’t operate by the laws of society and therefore, in survival, neither can we. […] Read More

SELF-PROTECTION MENTALITY: I WAS PREOCCUPIED WITH WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO TO HIM

My friend’s wife came back from grocery shopping this weekend with a chilling story and insight into her own self-protection mentality: A man stalked her in the remote parking lot behind the store. Now, the story obviously had a good outcome— nothing happened—but it was the way she talked about it, what was important to […] Read More

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INTIMIDATION DURING SELF PROTECTION IS A SUCKER’S GAME

Human societies are fascinated with strength and power. Obvious personal power especially — height, musculature, and a hair-trigger willingness to do violence or self protection are eternally impressive to us. We all desire what those attributes grant those who have them: to be respected, to inspire awe, and perhaps fear. When we are intimidated, we […] Read More

ANTISOCIAL CONFRONTATION: AGGRESSIVE, BADASS OR DEADLY?

You can tell how serious someone is about really dropping a man by where they place themselves to get the job done and where they land when it comes to antisocial confrontation. Angry or aggressive fighters will go toe-to-toe, literally stepping up to the man and then reaching out with their limbs to cover the […] Read More