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Common Objects for Self Defense: The London Bridge Stabbings

Dec. 4, 2019 by

In a previous article, Using Common Objects to Protect Yourself, we offered an overview of how we can use common objects in our everyday life to protect ourselves. More resonating are the times when people do so in real life.

Infighting: Some Points

Oct. 26, 2019 by

What is Infighting? Generally, it is a fight at a very close distance. Many fights end up in very close quarters where there is very little room to move and little time to react. You could be in a small

How People Used Chairs to Defend Against Knife Attacks in Sydney, Australia

Aug. 19, 2019 by

In Sydney Australia, around 2 pm on August 13th, 2019, a knife-wielding man (Mert Nay, 21) ran the streets stabbing people. During these horrible attacks, people ran and others protected themselves using objects in their vicinity. One man, for example,

Four Tips to De-escalate a Potentially Violent Conflict

Jul. 26, 2019 by

Last summer (2018), I was exiting a train at the Bloor/Yonge subway station. It was crowded and as I walked toward the stairs I accidentally bump into a man. I turned to apologize and saw him squinting at me with

What are “Reflex Defenses?”

Jul. 15, 2019 by

Reflex. an action independent of the will, an automatic response…. Let’s face it. As much as we want to be aware of our surroundings, we are not always ready. We might be daydreaming, preoccupied with work or personal matters, or

Understanding How an Attacker Attacks (in Real Life): 6 Points to Consider

Jul. 8, 2019 by

A vital aspect of self-defense training is understanding how assailants actually attack in real life. Without this knowledge, you are preparing for assaults that happen only in the safety of your studio/dojo. One of the things you learn during our

Real Life Assaults on the Ground: 4 Problems

Jul. 5, 2019 by

In previous blogs, we offered some general tips about protecting yourself on the ground. Now, we want to take a closer look at some of the problems involved in real life ground assaults. Here are four factors. There are no

Shirt Grabs: The Problem

Jun. 24, 2019 by

Assailants will sometimes grab your shirt (or jacket, blouse, etc…) to control you, throw you off balance, and to intimidate. The can grab with one hand or two and from any direction. As always we strive to avoid or prevent

Defending in Confined Spaces

Jun. 17, 2019 by

Some assaults occur in confined spaces such as an elevator, small room, on public transit, to name a few possibilities. These settings can have a significant impact on how you protect yourself. Here are some potential factors. Limited space. Due

Safety in Crowds

Jun. 14, 2019 by

This year the NBA’s Toronto Raptors went on an incredible playoff run culminating with them winning the NBA Championship. For the duration of the playoffs, fans gathered in Jurassic Park, an area outside of the Air Canada Centre in downtown

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