Video: Surviving Multiple Attackers

Tweet Here’s a video from Turkey showing a man fighting off multiple attackers (warning: somewhat graphic violence). While every encounter is definitely different, I’d like to use this video to illustrate a few points relevant to  preparing for self-defense. Since I don’t speak Turkish, I really don’t know the context of this video. I don’t […]

Why a State of Mushin (No Mind) is Necessary to Self Defense

Tweet Mushin is an interesting concept in the martial arts, a Japanese term meaning roughly “no mind” or “empty mind”. It references a state of thoughtlessness where a practitioner merely acts appropriately to an attack or situation without the intercession of thought. It all sounds very Zen-like and spiritual, but there is a practical side […]

Risk Analysis For Self Defense

Tweet A few years ago, while on vacation, a man grabbed my mom’s credit card from a restaurant table and dashed out the door. My mom realized what had happened, jumped up and chased after him. Probably luckily, she didn’t catch him. “Mom, what if you ran after him into an alley and he had […]

Why a Knife is More Dangerous Than a Gun

Tweet The old adage goes, “don’t bring a knife to a gun fight”. The thought being that a gun outclasses a gun. Certainly guns provide numerous advantages, particularly to military and police operations. Guns are lethal weapons. However, it’s a mistake to underestimate the threat posed by a knife-wielding attacker. Many police officers I have […]

Mission Centric Training™

Tweet Mission Centric Training™ is a concept that a partner and I came up with a few years ago while conducting self defense training for a numerous organizations in the Boston area. It’s a concept that many military personnel and law enforcement officers (LEOs) get, but is missed on the broader public much of the […]

Airline Crew Self-Defense Training

Tweet From terrorists, to drunken and disorderly passengers, to simply the unruly – air crews continue to face threats to the safety of themselves and their passengers. With the ultimate responsibility of the safety of everyone on a plane, I’d like to see airline crew-members regularly trained in combative self-defense and defensive tactics. I am […]

The Difference Between Self Defense and Sports Martial Arts Training

Tweet Someone once asked my sensei what he would do if Royce Gracie attacked him and tried to take him down. My sensei’s answer, “I dunno, probably pull out my knife and stick him.” The questioner was awestruck at the answer. My sensei went on, “I don’t train for sport, this is a school of […]

What about Tasers, Pepper Spray, and Other Self Defense Tools?

Tweet Taser is an interesting less-lethal tool popular amongst law enforcement agencies. It works by firing darts into an assailant which are attached to conductive wires, zapping an aggressor with powerful pulses of electricity. This overloads the body’s electrical system, interfering with sensory and muscular systems. Taser is undoubtedly a great tool for law enforcement […]

What’s Wrong with Women’s Self Defense?

Tweet First – there is nothing wrong with women, or anyone, wanting to learn to defend themselves. Protecting yourself and your loved ones from physical harm is a natural instinct. Second, I personally have taught “women’s self defense” classes throughout Boston – particularly during heavy activity by two serial rapists in the area. I do […]

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