Author Archives: Kai

The Importance of Reacting Fast Without Hesitation when in Danger

You know what’s the difference between having or losing your front teeth? The half a second it takes for the attacker to punch you in the face. Or steal your bag, punch you in the stomach, stab you or God know what else. Violent crimes are not complicated combinations of skill and deceit- they’re just very quick acts of violence that will be very effective if you’re caught off guard. Thinking fast and responding fast are thus of the essence. First thing first, conditioning is very important. […]

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The Importance of an Uncooperative Opponent

The practice gym is a great place to meet friends, but it should be, first and foremost, a place where you train and learn how to defend yourself. That’s why you need to be relentless and very tough when fighting your opponent, even if that opponent is a great friend of yours. Fighting him (or her) as hard as you can is what you have to do- this is the only chance the both of you will have a real chance on the street. Ideally, an uncooperative […]

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The Dangers and Solutions to Small Crime Part 3 Assaults and Pickpocketing

We’ve covered burglaries and identity theft, now it’s time to move on to my personal favorites: simple assaults and pickpocketing. Why my favorites? Because although the official estimates put the number at roughly 4 million incidences per year, these are actually the crimes you can most easily protect from. The number are fairly meaningless anyway, because FBI doesn’t track them and the Bureau of Justice Statistics, by their own admission, only venture into an educated guess. A lot of these crimes go unreported. I mean how many […]

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The Dangers and Solutions to Small Crime Part 2 Fraud and Identity Theft

If the number of burglaries has sent shivers down your spine (see article on how to protect yourself from burglaries here), the fraud and identity theft figures should give you nightmares. Roughly 12 million Americans fall victim each year and the number is on the rise. Trouble is that modern identity theft, especially credit card theft is extremely difficult to prevent (you’ll soon understand why), but you can take steps to minimize the chances and the impact in case you fall victim. So what can you do? […]

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The Dangers And Solutions To Small Crime Part 1 Burglaries

Real security requires a realistic look at the world. No way around it. The truth is that although serious crimes do happen, the bulk of criminal activity in this country is not actually under FBI’s radar. Nonetheless becoming a victim to a “small” crime is still a pretty traumatic event. This is why today we kick off with a series highlighting the lesser, but much more common threats that we all face on a daily basis. Today’s article will deal with burglaries, people stealing stuff from your […]

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Its Your Neighborhood That Matters

Once you start researching the real story of criminality and poverty in this country, you can’t help feeling a bit overwhelmed. It’s mountains and mountains of often conflicting data. This is why today we go straight at the heart of the matter. More exactly you’ll learn precisely what to do in order to find out just how dangerous your neighborhood is. How? Well for start we’re gonna ditch the FBI with their screwy statistics and we’ll turn instead to the people that have made it their business […]

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eBay Hacked What You Need to Do Right NOW

Typically this blog covers self defense topics, but my real concern is security and the hacking of eBay certainly falls within this category. If you have an eBay account, there are 3 things you must do right now. Don’t hesitate, don’t procrastinate. You’re in more danger than you realize. Change the Password/s If you haven’t already, go to eBay and follow the mandatory password change process. That’s just the first step though. Chances are that you use the same password for multiple websites. It’s not the best […]

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An In depth Look at Situational Awareness

As outlined before, the kicking and screaming part of combat are actually the culmination of a long and predictable process. This means that at every step before that happens you will have the opportunity to stop the conflict. But in order to do this, you need to be aware of the situation and take the correct decision and this is where situational awareness comes in. Situational awareness is every person’s capacity of understanding a specific situation and making the best decision about it. We use soft versions […]

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The Importance of Self Control

Here’s a quick question for you. Have you ever started a fight? Walk to someone and challenge them to the point they had no alternative but fight back or bail? Did you? Your most likely answer will be no and you will be a bit confused as to why you’re asked this question on a self-defense site. After all, you ended up here because you were afraid of being attacked, right? Fair enough. But I just wanted to point out that violence is one sloppy Giuseppe that’s […]

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The Five Rules of an Effective Technique

No matter what self-defense technique you want to use in order to get out of trouble, your “weapon of choice” needs to abide to these five basic rules. This is not because I want to impose anything on you, but goes without saying that if you can’t use this technique to save your life, then there’s not much point in using it in the first place. You will see that the rules apply to basically any self-defense technique you might think of. 1. A good technique will […]

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