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Karate Self Defense Techniques

Posted on | May 21, 2013 | No Comments

If your thinking of learning karate then check out this video. You can get a feel for some of the different moves and techniques that you can learn if you’re studying karate. It’s one of the most popular forms of self defense here in America and can be quite effective if mastered.

Well, if you think that is for you then by all means check out your local dojos and get to learning. I will say I think it’s a great way to teach self defense techniques to kids, it will help them start learning how to defend themselves at a young age. Unfortunately, it does take years to master, so if you are an adult wanting to learn to defend yourself you might want to consider something thats a little quicker to learn. I suggest Total Focus Training. You can read my review of it HERE.
But once you learn how to defend yourself with a simpler method I still recommend you go through and learn some karate self defense techniques to continue to add to your self defense knowledge! Learn how to make sure it's for you with my post here.

Imperfect Self Defense And How It Could Apply To You

Posted on | May 14, 2013 | No Comments

Imperfect self defense refers to a situation where a person defending him or herself uses lethal force when the “Law” says it is unwarranted but the person felt it was necessary. Imperfect self defense will not fully excuse the crime in court, but it can greatly lessen the sentencing. 

So picture this: You’re walking down the sidewalk and you pass a bar, you glance over and look at the few people hanging out on the front porch, then you continue walking. Suddenly you hear running foot steps behind you and you turn just in time to get knocked to the ground by a sucker punch. You’re dazed from the hit but you see a 300 pound drunk redneck standing over you, ranting about how you “Checked out my girl friend.” You try to get up but he keeps knocking you back to the ground. He starts babbling about how he should kill you for looking at her and if you try to get up one more time he will kill you. You’re terrified and still a bit out of it from the blow to the head, so when he starts talking about killing you, you panic and pull out your concealed fire arm. You fire off only one round but it’s a lucky shot and takes your attacker down.
Now you’re facing a murder charge because the attacker was unarmed and the only witnesses were his friends who won’t admit to hearing the threats against your life. This is where your lawyer might pursue imperfect self defense. Pretty much having you say, “Yes, I killed him, but I thought it was justified.” You wouldn’t walk away free, you would do some jail time but it would be dropped from 1st or 2nd degree murder to something more along the lines of “involuntary man slaughter”.

Of course, not all jurisdictions adhere to the Imperfect Self Defense, so it might very well not do you any good if this example were real. But it does exist in some areas to help protect people who were only trying to stay alive in a bad situation. Personally, I favor it because sometimes, self defense and the law don’t mesh. This at least gives some middle ground. So as far as self defense laws go, I guess you could say I’m a fan of the Imperfect Self Defense.

Aikido Demonstration

Posted on | May 12, 2013 | No Comments

Anyone wanting to learn Aikido for self defense should watch this video. It's a demonstration of various techniques used in Aikido. Sit back and enjoy. 


Akido is an amazing martial art form. If you're considering studying it I would highly recomend it. But of course I still recommend you check out my tips on picking out the best martial art for self defense first. Also take a look around my site for more martial arts demonstrations like this Aikido one!

Krav Maga Techniques

Posted on | May 11, 2013 | No Comments

Okay I know when you're looking for the best martial art Krav Maga has to be considered at least once. Sure it's not a true martial art since it isn't steeped in tradition. And yes, it can be a complete pain to try to find a decent dojo that teaches Krav Maga techniques, but it's a real bad ass fighting style that's well suited for self defense on the street. See for yourself 


Make you want to learn yet? If so check out this online course, it can give you a good head start to learning Krav Maga


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Hapkido Demonstration

Posted on | May 10, 2013 | No Comments

For anyone intrested in learning Hapkido here is a youtube video demonstrating some of the moves. Check it out and let me know what you think! Personally, I do like Hapkido, I studied it briefly about 10 years ago. Unfortunately the dojo I was attending went out of buisness. But I had a great time while I was there and learned some great stuff.



Personally, I do like Hapkido, I studied it briefly about 10 years ago. Unfortunately the dojo I was attending went out of buisness. But I had a great time while I was there and learned some great stuff.

Learn how to make sure Hapkido is right for you by reading my post on Best Martial Arts For Self Defense

Or if you don't want to spend years learning how to defend yourself check out my post on the Best Self Defense DVD

Be Prepared. Be Safe.

Improvised Weapons For Self Defense At School

Posted on | May 9, 2013 | No Comments

You’re taking night classes at the local Community College, class just let out and you stay behind for a minuet to ask the professor a question. As the two of you walk out of the class room you catch a glimpse of another student, who had been kicked out for constantly causing trouble, rush the professor from behind and knock him out cold. You see the crazy look in his eye and you know that he hasn’t satisfied his vendetta yet. You want to defend yourself and the professor, but the college has a very strict no weapons policy so you’re unarmed. You have to improvise a weapon so you…

Use Your Back Pack.
Swinging your back pack at an attacker might not be the most efficient weapon, but it should put him back on his heels. If you read through all the posts associated with my Best Self Defense Techniques then you should that getting your opponent to have to fight defensively is the first part to winning a fight. Sure you probably won’t beat him into submission with a back pack but you can keep him at bay until you have an opening to attack him.

Use a Pen/Pencil

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Using a pen or pencil as a shank to stab someone isn’t that far off of a notion. You just want to be careful, legally speaking that is. Most places would probably consider it to be “lethal force” because there is a slight chance of you doing permanent damage or possibly killing your opponent if you stab him in the right spot. So it’s best to only do this if you feel your life is in danger.

Beat Him With A Book.

Improvised Survival Weapons

Use the spine of a book like a baton to strike your attacker

I covered this in “Improvised Weapons For Self Defense In Your Home” but it also works here. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a hard cover or a soft cover book, if you hit someone with the spine of the book it’s going to hurt. Especially if you aim for sensitive or fragile areas like the nose, temple, back of the head, groin, back of the hand, etc..

Well, those were a couple of things that you should readily have access too in school to use as improvised weapons for self defense. Can you think of any others? If so tell us about them in the comments section below!

Imprivised weapons for self defense

At Home

In a parking lot

At The Mall

Be Prepared. Be Safe.
Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.

Improvised Weapons In A Parking Lot

Posted on | May 8, 2013 | No Comments

Imagine this, your just leaving a bar after a few drinks with your friends. Your standing in the parking lot waiting for your cab to pick you up (because drinking and driving is just plain stupid) when a man approaches you. He asks to bum a cigarette, but while you’re busy reaching for the pack he pulls a knife and demands your wallet. You’re completely unarmed because you’ve been in a bar all evening so if you’re going to defend yourself you’ll have to improvise. So you….

Grab Your Keys.

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Your keys can be used as an edged weapon if you do it right. Just grip a single key between your thumb and index finger with the jagged edge outward. However, I would NOT recommend using this against an opponent armed with a knife, as the knife adds to his overall reach. But if you’re facing an unarmed fight this is a great technique to get an advantage. Just remember, when your life is on the line, there is no clean or dirty fighting, there is just winning or dying.

Use your Cigarette.
I’m giving this example from personal experience. The only time someone has attempted to rob me was very much like in the scenario above. My reaction was impressive mostly because I was drunk at the time… I simply flicked the cigarette into his face. It hit him somewhere on the forehead and he immediately threw both hands up to the spot. Just a simple reaction to being burned on the face. Yet for a second, he was blocking his own field of vision with his arms, which meant he didn’t see my back hand until it was to late. I hit him on the side of the head hard enough to knock him out then stumbled back to the bar to wait for my cab at a safer location.

Hide Between Two Cars.
This one isn’t really a weapon, but it can be useful if you are being attacked by more than one person. The idea is to get between two parked cars so that your opponents can’t flank you. Basically they would be forced to attack you one at a time or else they’d be tripping over each other. The best way to use it is to go all out berserker on whoever follows you in. Take him out of the fight IMMEDIATELY because at least one of his buddies probably has enough brain cells to realize that there is another side. If you can take him out quick you can get out from between the cars before you get engaged by the other guy.

Unfortunately there aren’t a whole lot of common items to find in a parking lot to use as self defense weapons. If you were already at your car and had it open I’m sure you’d probably have more options. But at least there are a few things to consider. By all means, if you can think of something let me know in the comment box. But I’m drawing a blank here other than these. Until next time!

Improvised Self Defense Weapons

Improvised Weapons at Home
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Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.

Improvised Self Defense Weapons In Your Home. What Can You Use to Defend Yourself?

Posted on | May 7, 2013 | No Comments


You’re sitting on your couch relaxing after a hard day at work. You’re half asleep so you don’t notice the sounds of someone moving around at your back door. What you do notice is when your door gets kicked in and a man in a ski mask jumps in. Unfortunately your gun is locked up in the safe in your bed room and there is no way you can get to it in time to do you any good. You know you’re going to have to improvise a weapon if you want to defend yourself so you grab….

A Clothes Iron.

Improvised Weapons

Yep just a plain old clothes iron can make a great weapon in a tight pinch. After all, you have a long cord with metal prongs at one end to use as a whip to keep the intruder at bay (at least by a few feet). Then, when you have an opening, you have a nice heavy, solid, blunt end to smack them with. Trust me, hitting him on the side of the head with a clothes iron will go a long way toward ending the fight. Plus, if you’ve ever been smacked with an electrical cord you know that can do more than just sting a bit!


Wasp Spray.

improvised weapons for self defenseHave any wasp spray at home? Notice how that stuff has a nice long range? Ever notice the warning label telling you not ingest it or get it in your eyes? Ever think of shooting it into a home invaders eyes? Just think of it as using wasp spray as self defense pepper spray. Is it going to get the burglar to give up and flee? Maybe, maybe not. Is it going to give you one hell of an advantage? YES!



A Kitchen Knife.
Self Defense techniquesObvious I know. The only thing I have to say about this one is if you don’t know how to knife fight you might want to check out this course HERE.


A Book.

improvised survival weaponsOkay, this is an interesting improvised weapon you can use for self defense. I don’t care if it’s a hard back or a soft cover, getting hit with the spine of a book can be quite painful. But be careful. This one isn’t as likely to do any major damage to your opponent unless you get the chance to chop down on the bridge of his nose or maybe the front of his throat. But still, beating the crap out of someone with a cheap little paper back book sure sounds interesting right? Might be the only actual value you can ever get from the Twilight Saga!

Salt and Pepper Shakers.

home made self defense weaponsYep salt and pepper shakers are another great way to temporarily blind your opponent. Just snap off the top and fling the contents into his face. Some of that stuff is likely to end up in his eyes and cause instant overwhelming tears. Should buy you enough time to grab your copy of Breaking Dawn and get a hit or two in!

Well, there is a few things you can use as improvised weapons for self defense at home. If you have anything to add feel free to let us know about it in the comment section! Can’t wait to hear from you!






Improvised Weapons For Self Defense

In a Parking Lot

At School

At The Mall

Be Prepared. Be Safe.


Improvised Weapons For Self Defense

Posted on | May 6, 2013 | No Comments

An attack could happen any time, any where. And unfortunately trying to be constantly prepared and on guard can be not only exhausting, but also stressful. Plus, Murphy’s Law suggests that the one time your going to get attacked will be when you’re not prepared for it. So the real trick to being prepared all the time is knowing how to improvise. That’s why I’m planning on doing a series of posts on improvised weapons for self defense. I’ll be using different scenarios to show you some everyday items you could use to defend yourself with if you had to. 
We’ll cover some basic places like: bars, malls, schools and even parking lots.

One thing I would like to add first however, being able to identify a potential weapon won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to use it. If you have never practiced using a sword do you think you would be very effective with it in a fight? But if you had even some basic skill with a sword, you could then probably use something like a pipe or crowbar as a substitute.


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Here’s another example: Do you know what a sap is? Do you have a basic understanding of how it works and how to use it? Okay, now think about hitting someone with a full water bottle. You could use it almost exactly like a sap and it will inflict almost as much pain! But if you have never used a sap before then you probably don’t know that it is flexible between the grip and the weight. That flexible section causes the weight to whip around and make contact harder than it would if it were just a club. So if you are using a bottle of water as an improvised sap, then you would want to use your wrist to whip it to cause more damage. Make sense? Well, you probably wouldn’t have know that unless you knew how to use a sap. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with some basic weapons. Even if you don’t actually carry them (Saps are illegal in most areas, unlike water bottles).

If you don’t know how to use most weapons I suggest you check out "Target Focus Training" Weapons DVD. It’s a great course and it teaches how to use and defend against most weapons you might see on the street. Any way check out the links below to find different improvised weapons in various locations! And as always, feel free to leave your ideas or feed back in the comments section!

At Home

In a Parking Lot

At School

At The Mall

Be Prepared. Be Safe.

Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum and How it Applies to You

Posted on | May 3, 2013 | No Comments

Si vis pacem para bellum. Do you know what that means? Do you understand the vast importance of that statement and how it can apply to you? “Si vis pacem para bellum” is a Latin phrase that translates to “If you want peace prepare for war.” I know, sounds a bit backwards right? Especially in a political climate where everyone wants to disarm themselves in the name of peace. When most people think of peace, they think of getting rid of their weapons and singing Kumbaya. Unfortunately, that does not work in the real world. In reality, when you let down your defenses, your enemy sees a chance to attack. But, if you keep your guard up, your opponent isn’t as likely to try anything. And the stronger you are, the less likely they’ll be to try anything. So the idea behind si vis pacem para bellum is to be constantly prepared for “war” no matter what. 

Here is a great example, during World War 2 the Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy Isoroku Yamamoto was attributed with the quote: “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” Obviously Japan did launch an attack on the U.S. but not the mainland. And they waited till fairly late in the game to even do that. Why? Most likely because of our military might.

So how does this apply to you? Well, think back to high school, who was more likely to get picked on? The wimpy kid who wouldn’t meet anyone’s gaze and would cower when confronted, or the confident kid who WOULD look people in the eye and didn’t act terrified of the bullies? Unless you’re from a parallel universe your answer is the wimpy kid. The reason? Everyone knew he wasn’t going to fight back when confronted. But the confident one, with out realizing it, was practicing “si vis pacem para bellum”. After all if he’s acting confident there must be a reason right?

Of course, just being confident will only take you so far. There is always the chance that someone is going to mess with you. There are the type of people who are looking for a challenge and want to take on some one who looks like they can fight. Plus, some one who’s strung out on drugs isn’t likely to pay attention to your behavior. That’s why you need to actually be prepared for trouble, not just act like you are prepared. Whether you take a local martial arts class or choose to use one of the training dvd/online courses that I advertise here, I highly suggest you take the time to actually learn to defend yourself. Heck, I even show you some free basic self defense techniques right here on my blog! 

Be safe, Be prepared.
Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum 

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