Back to School: Some Tips for Campus Safety

Sep. 1, 2018 by

Sadly, Toronto has witnessed its share of assaults on and around the campuses of its post-secondary institutions(York University, University of Toronto, Seneca College, George Brown College, Ryerson…). Many students are living away from their parents for the first time.  Many

Danger Signals: “Are You Alone?”

Aug. 18, 2018 by

There are many reasons strangers enter our homes. They might be there to fix our internet, plumbing, or furnace. They might be delivering food or other items. Perhaps, they are a door to door sales person. In most cases, they

Tips for Surviving Assaults on the Ground

Aug. 2, 2018 by

 Many assaults end up on the ground.  You can fall, trip or slip.   An assailant might hit you, push or pull you to the ground. In real situations, you are not falling on a soft mat but rather on a

Subways, Self-Defense, and Safe Travels

Jul. 29, 2018 by

Subways are public places but assaults still occur as people travel to work, home etc…  Two examples: In April 2013, as a subway approached Davisville station a man was stabbed in the throat.April 2010, 2 men held down and mugged

Deception: 5 Ways an Assailant Might Try to Get Close to You

Jul. 12, 2018 by

Deceive.  To mislead purposely. In 2012, a 16 year old woman was assaulted near the Broadview/Danforth intersection.  This horrible incident began when the survivor approached a man with his head down.  As she approached he asked her for “a light”

Knife Threats: Cooperate or Fight? 7 Factors to Consider

May. 18, 2018 by

When you are confronted with someone threatening you with a knife there is a vital choice before you. Do you cooperate or do you fight? There are innumerable variables at play and every situation is unique. Generally speaking, avoidance is

Knife disarms. Only if necessary.

May. 12, 2018 by

Surviving assaults with sharp objects comprise a regular part of our training.  Such objects, after all, are readily available. Some examples. KnivesUtility knivesBroken bottlesScrewdrivers An armed attacker is obviously extremely dangerous.  A stab or cut can disable or kill. Escape

6 Tips For Defending in Close Quarters

May. 4, 2018 by

Many assaults happen in small spaces and/or with the assailant getting very close to you. After all, unless he has a gun or is wielding a long weapon (e.g. baseball bat) he needs to be close to control, strike, steal,

Man behind attacked from behind

Surviving assaults from behind

Apr. 19, 2018 by

In Niagara Falls, in June 2016, a man grabbed a woman from behind in a bear hug and tried to pull her into his van. She stomped on his foot, he let go, and she escaped.  He was arrested later