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Pandemics and Potential Violence.

Oct. 27, 2020 by

On October 25, after an alleged argument over social distancing in a Liquor store in Toronto, one of the participants followed the other and shot the other in the parking lot and fled the scene. The victim died in a

Challenging our Image of Violent Criminals: Age

Oct. 10, 2020 by

In previous articles, we explore how we need to expand our sense of who assailants are. Many of us, inspired by cinema, books and other pop culture influences, have an image of those who commit violent crime. Close your eyes

6 Ways Assailants Conceal Sharp Weapons

Oct. 2, 2020 by

In Toronto, a series of recent stabbings has raised concerns about knife violence. One question that people often ask is how assailants conceal the knife – at least enough to get close to a victim. Knives, after all, are close

Situational Awareness: An Introduction

Jul. 30, 2020 by

What is situational awareness?   A quick google search offers various definitions. Wikipedia, for example, defines situational awareness as “the perception of environmental elements and events concerning time and space, the comprehension of the meaning, and the projection of the future

Taking Safety Into Your Own Hands

Jul. 28, 2020 by

 You are the last line of defense in safety. It boils down to you. Kina Repp, Safety Speaker. Kina Repp’s quote is worth pondering. Societies have professionals – firefighters, security guards, soldiers, and police officers, – whose role is to

Home Invasions. 9 Tips to Promote Your Safety.

Jun. 15, 2020 by

There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home. Rosalyn Carter Ideally, our home is our sanctuary, where we feel safe. Unfortunately, homes can be a target for criminals who are seeking property or a demented gratification from

Avoidance is the Best Self-Defense

May. 26, 2020 by

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin.  One of the points we emphasize at our self-defense school is that we hope you never get involved in a physical confrontation. Avoidance, as Rory Miller writes, is

The 4 W’s of Assaults. Challenging Some Traditional Assumptions

May. 5, 2020 by

Sometimes, we can sense an impending threat. Escalating abuse in relationships of various kinds, for instance, gives us many indicators – if we choose to acknowledge them. Sometimes, a “predictable assault” offers mere seconds to avoid, escape, or de-escalate a

Defending Against Distraction

Apr. 22, 2020 by

Let’s face it. Overall, our spatial awareness is horrible. We see an increasing number of accidents involving people who are distracted – often by mobile devices. When I walk in busy areas in Toronto – Dundas Square, Yonge, and Eglinton

Assessing Sounds and Self-Defense Awareness.

Feb. 26, 2020 by

.There is no way to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar net of our senses.  Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses.  Sound thickens the sensory stew of our lives, and we depend on them to

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