What Can Hurt You?

I was once told to stare somebody right in the eyes if I really wanted to know their intentions. Maybe you’ve heard that same advice at one time or another. Bad advice can get you killed. While it’s true up to a point – you can determine a lot about someone by feeling somebody out,…

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False Bravado, or “Tough Guys Eat Cotton Candy”

Excerpt from The Psychology of Self-Defense by Chris Sutton I want you to create a mental picture of a bad guy. Make him the scariest bad guy you can imagine, right out of your worst nightmare. Maybe it’s a 15-year-old gang banger with a gun. Or maybe it’s the guy in the dark alley, wearing…

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The Difference between Martial Arts and Self-Defense

Excerpt from The Psychology of Self-Defense by Chris Sutton The difference between martial arts and self-defense training is a huge subject. In general, the two are completely different – and yet they are exactly the same. This is a hard concept for many people to understand. Since I’m both a martial arts school owner and…

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The Three Phases of Escalation in Self-Defense

Excerpt from The Psychology of Self-Defense by Chris Sutton Your first line of defense should always be to avoid conflict by making yourself a hard target – someone who is rejected during a bad guy’s selection process. But sometimes, despite your best efforts, “stuff happens.” Therefore you need to know how to handle the conflicts…

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The Secret Advantage Attackers Always Have

TPM: Time, Place, and Method of Attack An attacker will always have the initial advantage, because he starts off with control. He or she will almost always have complete control over what time they attack. Once a time has been selected, they will choose a place that’s convenient for them to carry out the attack.…

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What is Self-Defense?

Excerpt from The Psychology of Self-Defense by Chris Sutton The real definition of self-defense is: the ability to avoid conflict and/or to adequately defend yourself in a conflict. You must be able to do this under extreme stress and fear. In a real-life situation there are no rules, no refs, no controlled environments, and, most likely,…

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The Reality Check for Self-Defense

Let’s be perfectly clear about one thing: You don’t have to live in a heightened state of paranoia to achieve security in your life. You don’t need an electric fence, armed guards, and attack pit bulls to get a good night’s rest. However, you do need to be prepared. We live in a great country…

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Self-Defense Weapons Compared

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How Do You Choose a Self-Defense Weapon? 1.  Gun Pro:  1. Lethal 2. Distance range capability Con:  1. May not be accessible when the attack starts. 2. Can be hard to retain. Easy to drop in a fight. If a bad guy gets it from you, he may use it against you. 3. Hard to…

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Do You Have the Stomach for Self-Defense?

When choosing a self-defense weapon, most people will decide what to go with based upon influence from friends, family, work colleagues and web-based research. What this common process fails to address may be the most important aspect of all. Emotion. Do you have the stomach to use the weapon? Let’s take out the mechanics of…

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New Non-Lethal Self-Defense Tool Wins on Simplicity

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In a perfect world, people would not be concerned about violent crime. But in our world, murderers, rapists, and violent people do exist and their victims number in the hundreds of thousands every year. That may be why the demand for self-defense training and non-lethal weapons is exploding. This is according to a new report…

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