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Defensive Use of Improvised Weapons

The term "improvised weapons" is pretty common among hardcore martial arts and self-defense practitioners, but is often misunderstood by the general public. Some people...

Protecting Your Child Against Sexual Abuse in a Martial Arts Environment

Today, more than ever before, we are hearing about cases of sexual harassment and sexual abuse committed in just about every profession, by notable...

Civilian Use of Force Continuum

I feel through training and utilization of a "Civilian Use of Force Continuum" we can provide the CCW permit holder with options for use...

The Jim Wagner Use-of-Force Ladder for Civilian Self Defense

Every adversary you come across is going to have the same level of fighting skills and the same reasons for fighting you, right? Wrong....

A Survival Guide To Life In South Africa

South Africa is the most dangerous country in the world, which is not at war. A Raping every 15 seconds and this does not include...

Ninja Self-Defense 01 – Know Thy Enemy

If having the skills of a Ninja does not absolutely ensure victory, how can an average person with fundamental self-defense skills hope to survive...

Hair Pulling Ain’t for Sissies

Some people argue that it’s sissy fighting, while the more sexists condemn it as fighting like a girl. Karate traditionalists argue that it’s not...

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Advice

There is a huge difference between sexual harassment and sexual assault, and both are wrong. In the fall and winter of 2017, the media broke...

CONSENT For Kids

This is a wonderful video created by Blue Seat Studios that will help kids of all ages understand how to practice CONSENT. "No one else...

Using Common Sense in a Sexual Situation

Not so long ago a radio station aired a piece on how a female can escape an unwanted sexual situation by using an app...

Women and the Killer Instinct

To be effective in self-defense, you cannot just defend – you must attack back. For a female, this is the ultimate reversal: You become...

Fight Back Against Rape – With Fear!

Rape. It’s a four letter word that hurls women into the basement of their fears. And it’s every parent’s unspoken fear for their daughter. You...

Awareness: The Most Important Self-Defense Technique

Top Priority: Be Informed I start many of my self-defense courses by asking people what they think is the most important “tool” or “technique” or...

EDC Women’s Self Defense Knives

Photo Above: Spyderco Endura (old model) Spyderco Endura (new model with the steel clip and Emerson wave feature) Cold Steel Black Talon II Spyderco Resilience In this article Bill...

What is Self Defense?

As a teacher, I’m occasionally asked to review textbooks for possible use in new or ongoing classes. Recently I was asked to review an...

On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs: Surviving Violence

From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman . . . "Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It...

Melissa Soalt Discusses Fighting Back in Tight Situations

“How did you get into self defense? Did something happen to you?” It’s a question I’ve been asked countless times. I wasn’t always in touch...

21 Most Effective Self Defense Techniques Everyone Should Know

Jo Miller, an editor for the website Jen Reviews, asked us to share a wonderful article about the 21 most effective self defense techniques...

Pepper Spray Strength Nothing To Sneeze At!

They’re red hot, and they’ll make you swoon. No, it’s not a new rock band. I’m talking about pepper spray – popular non-lethal devices...

Sudden Violence Against Civilians: Are You Prepared?

When I hear in the media about sudden violence against civilians, I often find out that the victim, more often than not, made several...