Self Defense

What is the best self defense technique?

I get asked all the time what is the best technique to use in a self defense situation. Of course everyone wants a simple one word or one sentence and answer. The problem is that there is no one simple answer. The fact that there is no one single “best move” is a huge misconception…

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What is Krav Maga?

Recently, a number of fitness studios have popped up around the Salt Lake Valley promising results from Krav Maga. But what is Krav Maga? Directly translated, Krav Maga means “contact combat.” In essence, Krav Maga is a martial arts form that originated in Israel. Initially, Krav Maga was created to train the Israeli military in…

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Is Pepper spray a good self defense weapon?

I was asked again last week (for about the 1 millionth time) if pepper spray is a good personal self defense weapon? I noticed this young lady had a small canister on her key chain and seemed to have a look of needing approval, in her eyes. Although, she never came out and said it,…

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Fundamental rules for safe gun handling

 The more personal and family protection courses I teach the more the conversation of guns comes up with the class participants. Many  people believe that they should carry a gun because their friends do, their husband told them too, they read an article somewhere etc. I  usually discourage people not to carry a gun simply…

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Fight or flight response – The whole story.

Whether I am teaching a self defense class, a sparring seminar or even a shooting course, there always a time to talk about how you are going to perform under stress.Being able to apply your self defense skills under stress is a key to self preservation.If you can not apply your skills when the time…

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Fear is good but panic is a killer

People often ask me how to overcome fear and how not to panic when they are in a threatening and/or violent situation. So here is my take on the subject. Fear is a very natural, normal and beneficial emotion. Fear lets us know when something just isn’t right in our world and that we should…

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Women don’t need to know self defense.

They can just kick the attacker in the groin. It never fails that when I am giving a safety talk, or teaching a personal protection course, there are always woman who wants to say, “I don’t need to know how to protect myself from someone because I will just kick him in the groin.” Of…

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Are you acting in Self Defense?

Recently a trial in Florida concluded where a white male who shot 10 rounds into an SUV full of black teen agers and was not found guilty because of a hung jury. If you are to read the articles you will of course find slightly different versions depending on who is telling and reporting the…

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