Another Knife Fight in Maine

Tweet After a recent fatal knife duel in Lewiston, police in Portland are reporting that two men are in the hospital after a knife fight in an apartment on Congress street. I still believe that knife on knife fights like this are fairly rare. They rarely come up in self defense situations – usually it […]

The Weather in Maine and Your Training

Tweet In self-defense, defensive tactics, or hand to hand combat – environment matters. Early in my life, as a traditional martial artist, I always trained in keiko-gi (training uniform). I would don a white canvas Japanese-style uniform, no shoes, and train on a hardwood floor.  I would train with others dressed exactly like me.

What to Carry for Self Defense

Tweet Frequently, when I teach self defense classes, I get questions about weapons.  It’s usually something along the lines of, “what about guns?” or, “what do you think about pepper spray?” My stock answer is that all weapons are good and useful, when carried, when you have time to get to them, when you have […]

Who Needs to Learn Self Defense?

Tweet Everybody needs to train in self defense and the sooner the better. Living in a relatively low-crime area like Southern Maine, it may seem strange to recommend that every single person here get self defense training. However, it’s not really such a strange idea, and it’s an idea that may save lives. Damian Ross […]

How Important Are Size And Strength In Self Defense

Tweet It’s a question that comes up quite frequently: Can you defend yourself against someone who is bigger and stronger? And: How important is size and strength in martial arts? The answer requires a bit of a breakdown: 1. Don’t confuse sport with self defense. Combat sports like MMA, boxing, and wrestling have weight classes […]

Self Defense Against Zombies With a Slice of Bacon

Tweet Halloween is just around the corner and while, to my knowledge, Southern Maine has never been on the receiving end of a zombie attack, it may be helpful to review the basics. Incidentally, the points I am about to cover also work against hordes living and the undead. Stay Mobile Especially when multiple opponents […]

Every Technique is Useful In Context

Tweet There is a lot of very bad information about self defense on the internet. A lot of this stems from forums and message boards which are usually collections of people who have such low personal self esteem they can’t wait to rip apart other people’s systems. There are the ever-popular discussions about who should […]

Prevention, Detection, Response

Tweet Last night I attended a talk on information security given by a representative of a major endpoint security company. They make antivirus software for those who aren’t fluent in geek. The presenter made an interesting point that I think is relevant to personal security and self defense. He showed an image of a house […]

The Power of Decision

Tweet Making a decision is a powerful mental process. In fact the word “decision” is a nominalization, the turning of a process verb into a noun. A decision is static – set in stone, unlike the process of deciding. This is an important distinction. When you decide something, you draw the proverbial line in the […]

Self Defense and Statistics

Tweet The other day I posted a statistic to my facebook profile – that 70% of adult males carry edged tools, such as knives, on a day to day basis in the U.S. A couple of people called me on the statistic; I have no problem with that. I do have statistics and research methods […]

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