Posted on | September 20, 2013 | No Comments
Here's a video I recorded for anyone looking for a good Krav Maga Dvd set to learn from. It's "Mastering Krav Maga" by David Kahn. Check out the video to see what actual users are saying about it.
David Kahn's Krav Maga DVDs and books are a great way to learn the fundamentals of Krav Maga. If you're only going to go with one system for learning self defense, this is probably your best bet!
Posted on | September 11, 2013 | No Comments
Do you know where you are most likely to get attacked? Do you know when? Sure you can make a few guesses, but do you actually know? The answer is obviously NO! Violence happens all the time, in all kinds of locations, it’s unpredictable! So how should you train and prepare for it? If you train to fight in a well lit area, what happens if you are attacked in a low light area? If you are attacked outside in the rain, but have only trained for fighting inside how do you think you’ll do?
The master of an hapkido dojo I used to attended like to drive this point home by never turning on the a/c. He said “If you can’t practice in a hot room, how can you survive in a hot parking lot?” I always thought he was just being cheap and didn’t want to spend the money on electricity, but he was right. At the time I lived in Florida, during the summers the average temperature was in the 90‘s! Doesn’t make sense to get used to combat in a nice controlled 70 degrees when you’re likely to get attacked in an area with a temperature near 100 does it?
I’m not saying you should put your heath at risk practicing in extreme conditions, but you might want to consider becoming accustomed to them at the very least. If you live in an area that gets very hot or cold, don’t spend all your time indoors. Be safe, but get some exposure.
A great way to do that is to start running outdoors, if you don’t already. Of course, it’s best to consult with a doctor first, but spending some time running outside in whatever conditions your region goes through can make sure that you are able to operate in those conditions. Plus, being a good runner can be a great survival tool.
And before you start complaining about your area is to hot, or to cold, or to rainy or whatever, let me tell you, in my first year in the Army I trained in it all. I went to boot camp in Ft. Benning G.A. during the summer, running in the heat and rain. Then I got shipped up to Ft. Drum N.Y. and got to spend the winter running in sub zero temps. I went from extreme heat and humidity so thick it was like swimming, to running while it was snowing and my clothes were literally freezing over. We trained in sand and mud. Forests and fields. Flat land and hills. We trained for every condition imaginable so that we could fight in any condition. I’m not saying you have to go through such extremes, after all, you know what kind of conditions you’re most likely to face in your home town, but get yourself used to those conditions. That way, if the time comes, you’ll be able to defend yourself in those conditions.
Just some outside the box thinking for you. Knowing some basic self defense techniques is great, but sometimes your safety has to be a bit more proactive. The best way to be safe, is to be prepared.
Posted on | September 6, 2013 | No Comments
One great disadvantage we all have when we get into an altercation, especially if we feel our lives are endangered, is we panic. There’s no reason to be ashamed of this fact, it’s completely natural! We all have a fight or flight instinct left over from the days when man had to roam the woods competing with various predators for breakfast.
Basically, when confronted with danger, our survival instincts demand that we get away. Generally that means run like a pack of Hell Hounds are after you! However, since running isn’t always an option, i.e. when you’re cornered or have someone to protect, we also have a part of our brain screaming at us to fight the attacker. Generally speaking, unless you have good reason to stand your ground, you’re going to be overwhelmed by the “Run like hell” part.
And that’s fine, if you can get away, go for it. It’s never a good idea to be the tough guy who gets put in the hospital because of his pride, and in most areas, the law requires you to utilize every avenue of escape before self defense is viable in court. But there is one problem with the fact that we primarily want to run instead of fight, and that’s the fact that when we choose to (or have to) fight, we still have that voice in the back of our head screaming “RUN AWAY!” That’s, in large part, what makes us panic during a fight.
So what can you do about it? Well, here are two things I recommend.
The first is to learn some basic fighting skills, it doesn’t have to be fancy or difficult, in fact quite the opposite. Just something that you can fall back on when faced with violence. Something that makes you feel like you aren’t just “prey” for the guy attacking you. I recommend something along the lines of Street Fighting Uncaged or Krav Maga Online. Both are highly effective but quick and easy to learn. And once you are comfortable with those techniques, you’re going to be a lot more confident in yourself!
The other way is to practice panicking and calming down, the idea being for you to get accustomed to feeling panic and learning to control it. Okay, sounds easy enough, just one problem… How do you get yourself to panic? Well, if you’re me just walk into a room with a giant spider. Bam! Panic city! But for all you non arachnophobic people out there, here is a simple exercise you can consider. ***WARNING! FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY! ATTEMPT AT YOUR OWN RISK! BLAH, BLAH, BLAH!*** Okay so this is fairly simple but a bit dangerous. You need to trick your brain into thinking that you are in danger; here’s how. Map out a large square to walk around (or go to the gym and walk around the inside perimeter), walk a lap normally just to warm your body up some. On your second lap hold your breath. Keep holding your breath as long as you can. As your brain starts to be deprived of oxygen it’s going to start to panic. When you feel the panic, start breathing again. Obviously this can be dangerous. But you can get yourself a little used to the feeling, plus you start to associate stopping panic by breathing.
Posted on | September 5, 2013 | No Comments
I know I've discussed using an uppercut as a self defense technique here before, but I thought this video would do a better job of explaining and demonstraiting.
A good uppercut can be a real fight ender if you land it properly. But remember you can also substitute a palm strike using the heel of your hand. I find it to be a slightly safer alternative, your less likely to break some knuckles that way. If you like this video then check out Street Fighting Uncaged for more training.
Posted on | September 4, 2013 | No Comments
It's a nightmare scenario, to face a man with a gun pulled on you. And in general, my belief is to cooperate with them when they got you dead to rights. But, there are always exceptions. For instance, you might be dealing with some one who is ONLY interested in killing you, perhaps a crazy ex, instead of just a mugger. In that case what do you do? Well here is one cool mind hack to give you a fighting chance.
What do you think? It's an interesting way to "trick" your opponent isn't it? If you want to get more training like this then you should check out Street Fighting Uncaged
Posted on | September 3, 2013 | No Comments
I've got a few videos coming out for ya'll, these are actually promotional training videos for a online course, but I thought you would enjoy getting some free training on self defense! In this one they are debunking some myths about fighting multiple opponents. Check it out.
I know its short, but its true. Fighting multiple people is a VERY dangerous situation. It's NOTHING like the movies! If you want to see more from the guys who made this video and learn how they say to fight multiple attackers then check out their site: Streetfightinguncaged.com
Posted on | July 22, 2013 | No Comments
I’ve got something here for any of you who happened to walk with a limp. It is called the Zap Cane, and it is a walking cane stun gun! So imagine this, you’re walking home late at night and you have to cut through a dark alley. It is too dark for you to see, so you turn on the built in flashlight on your cane(yes, that’s right, it has the built in flashlight!) Out of nowhere a guy gets in your face and starts demanding your wallet. What do you do? You simply jab the end of your cane into his stomach and taze him!
OK, if you’re anything like me, you are already convinced that this is possibly the coolest taser ever!But just in case with go over some of the specs of this walking cane stun gun.
First of all, it is a functional walking cane, with a weight capacity of 250 pounds. This isn’t one of those disguised self-defense weapons that is only weapon. It really can be useful in everyday life. Plus, the cane is adjustable from 32 to 36 inches, which makes its viable for people of various height.
As for the stun gun part, this walking cane packs a million volt punch! Which should be enough to make any would be attacker find easier prey! Check it out for yourself on Amazon
I really don’t see anything to complain about with this self-defense weapon. It is highly useful for everyday life, and for that emergency situation that will hopefully never arise. Let me know what you think about the Zap Cane in the comment section below! Also, let me know if you have heard of any other walking cane stun guns.
Posted on | July 20, 2013 | No Comments
If you want the personal protection of a stun gun, but don’t want to carry around an obvious weapon, then this one is for you. I have found that an awesome cell phone stun gun that you can buy right on Amazon. It is called the Guard Dog iStun cell phone stun gun, and it is made by none other than Guard Dog Security!
In case you can’t tell by the name, this stun gun is designed to look like an iphone. And it does a pretty good job at it. It might not be a perfect match, but it would be more than enough to fool an attacker. It even comes with a nice case so you can carry it on your belt.
The iStun cell phone stun gun also packs a punch. With 3.8 million volts, you can be sure that your attacker is going down, and staying down. Another cool feature is the built in LED flashlight. It is not a tactical flashlight by any means, so don’t expect to be able to blind someone with it. It’s more like a typical light that you could get on a cell phone. Still, it could come in handy if you need it, plus, it adds a little bit more authenticity to the disguise.
Check it out for yourself on Amazon. And as always, feel free to let me know what you think about this cell phone stun gun in the comment section below.
Posted on | July 18, 2013 | No Comments
Are you looking for the best stun gun to protect yourself with? Then you definitely want to check out this one. Guard Dog Security 160 Lumen Tactical Flashlight with Stun Gun. This baby has it all, it's a 4.5 million volt stun gun artfully hidden on the end of a very powerful flashlight.
I like this combination of flashlight and stun gun because chances are you won’t even need to taze your attacker. If you’re being attacked at night, shining the flashlight in their eyes will be enough to blind and disorient them. And if not, the stun gun is sure to finish the job. (After he has been blinded and is less dangerous at close range:)
Even though I think that this is the best stun gun for self-defense, there is one slight draw back, the one thing I don’t like about it is the fact that when the flashlights is on, the stun gun won’t work. I see this as a problem because, in the event that you’re trying to use the flashlight when you get attacked, you have to make a conscious decision to flip the switch over to stun gun. It’s something that could be easy to forget, or screw up. But still, I think this stun gun flashlight might be the best stun gun on the market. And of course you can buy it on Amazon
What do you think? Let me know in the comments section below.
Posted on | July 16, 2013 | No Comments
If you are looking for a great collapsible baton, then look no further. I’m about to tell you what I consider to be the best collapsible baton on the market today. This is, of course, just my opinion, but when you see all the advantages of this baton, I think you’ll agree that it’s the best.
So which one is it? It is the ASP 26 AIR WEIGHT BATON . So why do I think that this one is the best? Well, let’s look at the specs.
This collapsible baton weighs less than 45% of its steel counterparts because it’s made from aluminum, but its effectiveness is roughly the same, in fact it only loses an estimated 2% of its striking power. This lighter weight means that you can swing faster, which means you can deliver more strikes in less time.
Don’t let the fact that it’s made from aluminum fool you, it is still a very strong collapsible baton. Plus, the 26 inch length makes it a very large and intimidating weapon. Between that, and the fact that it's lighter allows you to swing faster without as much muscle strain, makes this, in my opinion, the best collapsible baton on the market. You can get it at Amazon
Do you have one that you like more? Let me know in the comment section below!keep looking »