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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

5 Ways to Create and Maintain Distance

Jun. 1, 2020 by

During our self-defense training, we remind students that distance is their friend.  But how do you create distance if someone is trying to get closer? After all, people are not always respectful of our space, and someone intending to harm you certainly

Working with your Current Fitness Level: 4 Tips

Mar. 31, 2020 by

Please be assured that your fitness limitations will not prevent you from learning self-defense. We are adamant that self-defense should be accessible to everyone. Of course, we encourage you to improve your fitness but we will work with “where you

Self -Defense Training: Avoid “Perfection Paralysis”

Mar. 9, 2020 by

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen, Anthem. At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of

Don’t Stand So Close to Me: 4 Reasons to Maintain Distance.

Feb. 21, 2020 by

“Don’t Stand So Close to Me” The Police During every self-defense class, we emphasize that our primary goal is not to teach you how to “win a fight” but to get you home safe. One way to preserve your safety

Situational Awareness and Campus Safety

Feb. 13, 2020 by

Assaults on or near school campuses happen all too frequently. Women are most often targeted but men have been assaulted as well.  Two examples in the GTA. In March 2018. A 23-year-old woman waiting in a bus shelter in the

5 Tactics Predators Use to Abduct Their Targets

Jan. 2, 2020 by

Abduct. Carry off or kidnap (a person) illegally by force or deception. Predator. An animal that preys on others, a rapacious, exploitive person Tactics. The plans and means adopted in carrying out a scheme or achieving some end. Safety is

Intent, Ability, and Opportunity: The Dipesh Patel Assaults in Toronto

Dec. 30, 2019 by

On November 1, Toronto police arrested Dipesh Patel for a series of sexual assaults dating back to 2015. The testimonies of the brave women he assaulted lead to his arrest. To assault someone a predator must have intent, ability, and

Shedding Inhibitions to Protect Yourself

Dec. 16, 2019 by

During our self-defense sessions, people often express the concern that they won’t be able to protect against someone larger and stronger. This is very legitimate as mass and strength can give an attacker significant advantage. We cannot deny this but

"Freezing" and Violent Assaults

Dec. 1, 2019 by

On November 20th, a group of armed thieves robbed the Tyndall Market Liquor Mart in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Unfortunately, it was not an isolated incident. One employee Randi Chase reported how one robber punched her in the head giving her a

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