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Risk Assessment 101

Keeping yourself safe from violence begins with a thorough assessment of risk: what am I likely to face & how likely am I to face it? While combat skills are important, research and preparation aimed at identifying potential threats, robust contingency plans, and excellent people skills supersede the need for physical response in most situations.Continue reading “Risk Assessment 101”

The 4 training rules

Better to avoid than to run. Better to run than de-escalate. Better to de-escalate than to fight. Better to fight than to die. Violence and self-defence aren’t easy topics to investigate. Like most fields worth studying, “self-defence” is a multi-disciplinary endeavour that includes politics, psychology, non-verbal communication, sociology, physics, physiology, and more. And that’s notContinue reading “The 4 training rules”

Fear vs. Danger

There’s a big difference between addressing fears and addressing dangers. One requires proactive work & critical thinking and although it will keep us safe, our feelings on the matter aren’t really relevant (although it will certainly influence those feelings). One leaves us in danger, but makes us feel better by validating our fears. Using anContinue reading “Fear vs. Danger”

Doing the verb of self-defence

What does it take to be competent at self-defence? When do you reach the point that you’ve got it? When will you know enough? When will you be ready? Never. You’ll never reach that point. Not because you’re incapable of defending yourself, but because it doesn’t exist. Self-defence isn’t a place to inhabit – it’sContinue reading “Doing the verb of self-defence”