Reality-Based Self Defense and Personal Protection Resources
Reality-Based Self Defense and Personal Protection Resources

Self-Protection

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

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DEBILITATING INJURY: HOW TO TAKE A PUNCH

The use of pain from debilitating injury in life-or-death situations is completely unreliable because everyone’s pain tolerance is different and completely unpredictable. Some people will quit, some will overcome, and others will shrug it off as if nothing happened. In the absence of debilitating injury, pain is really just asking the other person to capitulate. […] Read More

SELF PROTECTION LESSON: MOVE WITH THE INJURED MAN

If we are accurate and correct—if we hit a square-inch of important anatomy with enough force to break it—we inflict a debilitating injury. One major self protection lesson is that when it comes to blunt force trauma, injured people move in response to their injury. Neurologically, organisms move away from negative stimuli—broken ribs and a […] Read More

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PROTECT YOURSELF: BUILD A BETTER MONSTER

Invariably, when we’re giving instructions on how to protect yourself, we get questions along the lines of: “Okay, I get all that violence stuff — but what if he’s bigger/faster/stronger and has a knife/stick/gun/three guns?” That’s a great question. Or it would be if that were what they really meant. More often than not, people […] Read More

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SELF PROTECTION: NATURE OR NURTURE?

I was recently asked how I go about helping the passive and meek develop the intent to cause injury. This opens up an interesting debate about whether self protection is nature or nurture… Is intent innate, or can it be taught and learned? There’s evidence for both sides. The most unlikely people become human demolition […] Read More

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WHY DO WE TEACH LETHAL SELF DEFENSE?

Much is made of the fact that we teach barehanded killing. It's the sensational tagline for media reports on what we do, and it's the first thing people notice when they see us training. Just the other day, one of the instructors at the TFT San Diego Center lamented about the difficulty in talking to [...]