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Virginia to Outlaw All forms of Self Defense

Virginia to Outlaw Kickboxing, Tai Chi, Firearms Instruction and Self-defense Training The State of Virginia is proposing a new 2020 law known as SB64 (see link here) which will be…

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Self Defense Company Instructor Competes on Knife or Death

Lifelong martial artist, police officer and Self Defense Company Instructor, John Martin Landry who competed on Knife or Death Season 2, Episode 4. Knife or Death is a contest where…

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Sensei

When I first started martial arts, the term “sensei” had a mystique and a reverence that was held in the highest esteem…but for all the wrong reasons. When I was…

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Chokes for Self Defense

Don’t bet your life on the “tap”or it will be “taps”. Let’s be honest here, if want to use chokes for self defense and plan on using a choke in…

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Bronx Elevator Attack was NOT Random

There is nothing that suggests random about this attack – though the news will tell you different. Nothing was stolen Victim was only roughed up The attacker controlled the environment…

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Ground and Pound Resistance Drill

This drill comes from our Head of Instructor Development in Canada George Hutchings. It’s a great way to develop more power in your ground and pound attack with resistance bands….

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Combatives Combo – Hand Yoke

The hand yoke from SDTS Module 2 is one of those “stealth” moves that looks like a grab more than a strike. That’s why Security and police LOVE this and…

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Quick Blackjack Billy Club Combination

Here’s a quick video of me working a combination with a Black Jack Billy Club… If you carry a weapon – you better practice with it. No one would ever…

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The Elbow Spike

My instructor once told me…”Your favorite technique is the one that works.” And while I agree 100%…I can’t help but have a few personal favorites like this little sneaky move…….

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The Forward Drive – The Secret to Winning the Fight

“Always take ground, Always be Where He’s Standing.” This is the mantra of the Self Defense Company Instructor. Moving forward…driving forward takes control of TWO of the pillars of self…

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Surviving Violence – The Aftermath

AN “AFTERMATH” of VIOLENCE can include terms like: POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS (PTS), POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD), POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS INJURY (PTSI). (DISCLAIMER: I am presenting my understanding of this topic to the…

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Doctor Finds New Courage to Fight Back

Dear Mr. Ross, I write this email with endless gratitude to you aside my intense admiration and respect. When I started The Self Defense Training System with the ever-so motivating,…

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You Can’t Fool Mother Nature

I just received a blog update(yes I do subscribe to a number of mail lists) titled “Israeli Gun Disarm Secrets” That is the title the post has all the trappings a catchy headline needs. “ISRAELI” has been a buzz word ever since the Mossad emerged as a force to be reckoned with after the 1972 Olympics. They wrote the book on counter terrorism and protection tactics. I have had the opportunity to meet some of these people in seminars in the early 90’s and they were most impressive. Unfortunately counter terrorism has nothing to do with personal self defense. It has everything to do with gathering intelligence, technology, weaponry and tactical planning. If you are using your hand to hand combat in a counter terrorist situation a lot has gone wrong. There are only 24 hours in the day. Most of your training is intelligence gathering, small arms and other technical devices. Hand to hand is a part of it, but a very small part of it. The Israeli moniker is a marketing buzz word. Because underneath, it’s just the same old martial arts myths and misconceptions.

I just use this article as a jump off point, the same can be said for the vast majority of self defense, not just what is being promoted as Israeli Elite Commando. Let’s put it this way, I have seen a lot of things. I know, I’m only one man and one life. I have only met a handful of people on the right track. A lot of them “talk” the same language, but their actions turn into the same old stuff. They may execute it harder, or faster, but it’s still based on the wrong principles.

The mistake lies in the way we think. We all have a tendency to Monday Morning Quarter Back our lives. It’s easy to watch a professional fight and yell at the screen “Why isn’t he just punching him.” But unless you’re in there, you don’t know what’s going on inside his head. Martial arts look at self defense and project REASONING into it. You look at a situation “logically” and come up with a solution. This may work in practice, but under real world conditions, reasoning is non-existent.

Fighting and pain evoke emotional reactions, not intellectual responses. When you take yourself outside the emotion and you THINK about a self defense situation you will come up with response based on reason. This is natural, this is how we all think. Heck, we all can give the best advice in the world, but when it comes to our own lives, that’s a different story. That’s because you act on emotion and feel, not reason.

Your body is engineered to react emotionally to danger and physical stress. This is actually a good thing when you learn how to channel the adrenalin rush. Training to make your body REASON and go against instinct is an exercise in futility. You can’t go fight mother nature. You must accept the fact that you will react a certain way and prepare for that reality.

This is what happens to you when you are under stress.

From the book “On Combat” by Grossman

“An understanding of the stress of close combat begins with an understanding of the physiological response to close-range interpersonal aggression. The traditional view of combat stress is most often associated with combat fatigue and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which are actually manifestations that occur after, and as a result of, combat stress. Bruce Siddle has defined combat stress as the perception of an imminent threat of serious personal injury or death, or the stress of being tasked with the responsibility to protect another party from imminent serious injury or death, under conditions where response time is minimal.

The debilitating effects of combat stress have been recognized for centuries. Phenomenon such as tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, the loss of fine and complex motor control, irrational behavior, and the inability to think clearly have all been observed as byproducts of combat stress. Even though these phenomena have been observed and documented for hundreds of years, very little research has been conducted to understand why combat stress deteriorates performance.

The key characteristic which distinguishes combat stress is the activation of the SNS (Sympathetic Nervous System). The SNS is activated when the brain perceives a threat to survival, resulting in a immediate discharge of stress hormones. This “mass discharge” is designed to prepare the body for fight-or-flight. The response is characterized by increasing arterial pressure and blood flow to large muscle mass (resulting in increased strength capabilities and enhanced gross motor skills–such as running from or charging into an opponent), vasoconstriction of minor blood vessels at the end of appendages (which serves to reduce bleeding from wounds), pupil dilation, cessation of digestive processes, and muscle tremors. Figure 2(below) presents a schematic representation of the effects of hormone induced heart rate increase resulting from SNS activation. “

That being said, let’s review what will happen to you with the “Fit hits the shan.”

1. Tunnel Vision
2. Auditory Exclusion
3. Loss of fine and complex motor control
4. Irrational behavior
5. The inability to think clearly

You will however have increased strength and the capability to run away or charge your target.

Now marinate with that for a few moments. Think of all the gun disarm techniques, all the “weapon control” techniques. All the complicated trapping and subtle movements you’ve been training for decades. I’m not going to tell you they are a waste of time (BUT THEY ARE). Physically, it will be impossible to execute them. Being tired is different than being stressed under combat. This effect happens when hormones hit your blood stream and that only happens when you feel your life is truly in danger.

I’m sure somebody has heard of someone doing something at some point in time that resembled a complicated disarm. Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day. I’m not going to hang my life on something I heard some guy did somewhere. I’m going to depend on what I know is fact. You can convince yourself into thinking (reasoning) that you will be able to remove millions of years of evolution in a few short years of practice OR you can embrace what the good lord gave you and train in a manner that takes advantage of what your body is designed to do.

Things like “gun disarms” are a fantasy. All of the “disarms” I have ever seen involve two things 1. diverting your attention away from your attacker towards the weapon for an extended period of time (more than a second) and 2. Complex motor skill movements that will be beyond your capability when your SNS takes over. You know what happens to complex movements when you try to process them when your SNS takes over. They turn into gross motor movements and look like twitched and convulsions. You may just manage to put your hand on the weapon and then you will stop. The best disarm is when the guy pointing his gun at you is knocked the f#ck out. Then you can bend down and pick up the gun.

Why is it that the more dangerous the situation, the more complicated the technique?
This is funny, or tragic, that martial arts and self defense experts teach more complex techniques for weapons defense and less complex techniques for unarmed defense. Sure the SDTS teaches you THE SAME TECHNIQUES for both and I know, it’s too easy (Sorry for not wasting your time). The right answers MUST be complicated and difficult (being sarcastic here).

The first thing you learn in the SDTS is that if your faced with a gun or any other weapon at a distance is to escape. Even with firearms, the FBI and the Department of justice show that in situations where a firearm was present less than 20% of the victims were shot at. Less than 2% of those people were actually hit and 0% were seriously injured or killed. That’s right, there is a 100% chance you will live when you run .

NOTE: Pepper spray or a “substitute” can work wonders against a knife or club attack from a distance! On the other hand, pointing pepper spray at someone who has a gun trained on you might be a big mistake.

But, when walking away is not an option, you will need to do a two things:

1. React in a manner you that you are capable. SIMPLE, GROSS MOTOR MOVEMENTS
2. Get out of immediate danger and inflict as much damage to your target in the shortest amount of time.

Gun disarm, sure when you gingerly pluck it out of his unconscious hand. Complex movements and Hollywood disarms look cool and are fun, but in reality you are NOT going to pull them off, your engineering simply won’t let you.

NEVER die in training.
You will be surprised on what your body can endure. Google “knife wound” or “gunshot survivor.” Gruesome, I know, but the people survived. Hey, I’m the first person who doesn’t want to get shot or stabbed and my doctor has recommended I avoid this as much as possible. But you have to understand that people with out any training at all who attacked their assailant first sustained minimal damage.

Using paint guns, markers, chalk knives and shock knives are good but you must train with them correctly. Getting touch with a shock knife might mean you’ve been cut, but it doesn’t mean you’re dead. What ever you do, train to fight HARDER after that happens and DON’T STOP! It’s not a game of tag, train to fight through the pain. Train know that these things will happen. DON’T assume you will be able to walk away without a scratch, that’s just plain silly.

Work within the parameters of your engineering and stop trying to fight mother nature. Instead, use what she has given you to your advantage, embrace her, take her out, she’s quite the MILF.

Train Honestly,
Damian Ross, CEO The Self Defense Company

Damian Ross is CEO of the Self Defense Company and developer of The Self Defense Training System, the most lethal and effective self defense system in the world, The Guardian Defensive Tactics Police Combatives Program, 60 minute Self Defense and the Family Safe Program. Mr. Ross also founded the Self Defense Instructor Program that helps people develop their self defense careers from the ground up. Mr. Ross is originally from Ridgewood, NJ where he was a High School Hall of Fame Athlete in football and wrestling as well as a varsity wrestling coach. He then went on to Lehigh University where he was a varsity wrestler and football player. Mr. Ross has 3 black belts, 4th Degree in Tekkenryu Jujutsu, 2nd Degree in Judo, 2nd Degree in Tae Kwon Do. In addition to his martial arts experience, Mr; Ross spent 8 years in the professional security and personal protection business. He is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authorities in reality based self defense.

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History of Self Defense: The O’Neill Combatives System

  Dermott “Pat” O’Neill – The Man Who Taught the Devil’s Brigade. Besides the fairly well-documented Judo background of Dermott O’Neill and his service with the Shanghai Municipal Police (SMP)…

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Self Defense – Are you a cheetah or a gazelle?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the battle between a cheetah and a gazelle the cheetah only wins 40-50 percent of the time, that means, on average, the gazelle is more successful than the cheetah…

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Hard Training

The late Carl Cestari (my mentor and instructor) wrote this in 2003. At the time we were expanding my dojo (Zenshin) which would eventually become the Self Defense Company. You…

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History of Self Defense: The Origins of Fairbairn’s DEFENDU

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “DEFENDU” The first appearance of the term DEFENDU was as the title of W.E. Fairbairn’s 1926 publication on his method of “scientific self-defence”. We are further informed that this…

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That “OH SH!T” Moment

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The “OH SH!T” Moment. There’s a point in between your every day life and a traumatic event where you need a moment to process what is happening and shift…

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What if he puts his hands up?

Let me ask you this…if I handed you a chainsaw, would you care if your attacker puts his hands up?!?!? No, you would just cut through them and that’s exactly…

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Every Day Self Defense

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Self defense is life skill that should fit your life…not the other way around.  You’ve been conditioned to believe that you need to spend a lot of time, money…

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The $30 Training Dummy in 3 Steps.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Don’t over complicate things – if you can’t afford a training dummy…make one. I made this with a thai pad, fence post and some duct tape and it cost around…

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Is an Armed Person more Dangerous than an Unarmed Person?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The answer is unequivocally YES! Dangerous = able or likely to cause harm or injury. Whether you are legally or illegally armed – an armed person is more dangerous…

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Self Defense Training in 2020

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The way you learn to protect and defend yourself and your loved ones has changed as more and more people are using the Self Defense Training System to meet their…

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Self Defense Company Lebanon Promotes New Instructor

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Self Defense Company Lebanon promotes Ellie Saadeh to Level 1 Instructor. Instructor Mario Karam is proud to announce another member of his team is promoted to Instructor. This is…

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Self Defense Company News, May 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Self Defense Company Lebanon inks a deal with prestigious University in Lebanon Instructor Mario Karam and his team have done it again. After successfully training American University of Beirut…

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Self Defense Company Podcast #128 Mark Hale

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el2Je-dPQBA” title=”Self Defense Company Podcast #128 Mark Hale”][vc_column_text]Self Defense Company Instructor Mark Hale Self Defense Company Instructor Level 3 6th degree Black Belt in Goshin jutsu 1st degree Black…

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Self Defense Company Podcast #127 Kip Marsh

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1FLAwYrWRU” title=”Self Defense Company Podcast #127 Kip Marsh”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Self Defense Company Instructor Kip Marsh Marine Farmer Paramedic Registered Nurse Black Belt In this episode of the Self Defense Company podcast…

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Self Defense Classes in San Bernardino, Ca

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Self Defense Company is Proud to announce it’s newest instructor Jashawn Jones, now holding classes in San Bernardino, Ca. A story of setbacks, triumphs and determination. Instructor Jashawn Jones…

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Self Defense Classes in Orlando, Florida

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Self Defense Training System™ Classes now forming in Orlando, Florida Instructor Tim Cherry is not stranger to violence and public service. As a retired Police Chief with over 23 years…

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Why Blocking Doesn’t Work

When I started training in martial arts I believed that I would be able to identify an attack and correctly block the attack with one of the several blocks I…

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Self Defense Company Promotions and Awards for April 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Congratulations to all Self Defense Company Instructors and Students! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”21134″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Troll Hunting Awards These Instructors keep the peace on social media by actively engaging people who…

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Women’s Night Out In Michigan

Women’s Night Out for Ages 13 and Up. The combatives workshop will cover: Situational Awareness Mental Preparation Hand to Hand Combat The Use of Pepper Spray and other Self Defense…

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Self Defense Company Promotions and Awards February 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Self Defense Company Promotions [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”27221″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Instructor Level 5 OK Neal, Jr – Instructor George Hutchings Nick Ossorgin – Instructor George Hutchings[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”27219″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Instructor Level 3 Duane…

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Revelations in Training

There are very few things when it comes to training that give me a REVELATION – I don’t use that term often, if ever – so you need to listen…

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Self Defense Classes New Mexico

Veteran Dedicates Himself to Helping Others to Defend and Protect. “Growing up watching comic book superheroes, I’ve always wanted to be able to protect people, especially those I care about….

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Nick Ossorgin Completes Master Class Training

Barrie, Ontario – Self Defense Company Instructor Nick Ossorgin (Self Defense Company Santa Fe, New Mexico) made the long, cold trip up to the Great White North to attend SDC…

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Self Defense Company Combatives Featured at Movie Premier

February 14, 2019 Beirut Lebanon, – The feature film Alita Battle Angel features some techniques that Self Defense Company Members might recognize. In collaboration with VIRGIN and EMPIRE MOVIES, Instructor Mario Karam Jr and…

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Self Defense Classes Great Lakes

A good friend once told Sean, “I can’t stand bullies. And I’ve done everything I can my whole life to stand up to them.” This concise truth stood out to…

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Self Defense Training Classes in Chicago, Ill

Lifelong Martial Artist, Multiple Black Belt Holder brings his talents to the Self Defense Company. Meet Self Defense Company Instructor Mark S Hale… “I think it is important to post…

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The Self Defense Company Banned by Udemy

I woke up this morning and discovered that Udemy has banned the Self Defense Company Programs: A couple of years ago, we put a few programs on Udemy to test….

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The Self Defense Company

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”32774″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]The Self Defense Company Mission. Our mission is to provide real and practical solutions for anyone who has the will to defend themselves and protect their loved…

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Self Defense Company Promotions January 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Self Defense Company is proud to announce promotions for January 2019 – Congratulations to all and please feel free to post your promotion badges…you earned them! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] SDTS…

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Stoneman – Douglas Active Shooter Report

This first link is a media analysis of the commission report on the school shootings at Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach.  The link…

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Christmas Eve Active Shooter

Today we remember Firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka, 19 and Michael Chiapperini, 43 who were shot and killed in an ambush attack on December 24, 2012 in West Webster, New York. On…

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Who is the Self Defense Company?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “People Don’t Join The Self Defense Company Because We’re Different…They Join Us Because They Are…” Above is a picture of Self Defense Company Instructor Mario Karam teaching a group…

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Self Defense Classes in the Netherlands

Instructor Steve Drake Celebrates 10 Years Teaching Self Defense Company Programs.  Instructor Stephen Drake is a certified Professional Self Defense Instructor living in The Netherlands and he’s been associated with The…

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Self Defense Classes in Santa Rita, Ca

Champion Martial Artist finds Home Teaching Self Defense in Santa Rita, California Instructor Irvin Burton began his martial arts career in college training in Hung Gar (Tiger Crane) Kung Fu…

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Self Defense Classes in Rutherfordton, North Carolina

State Trooper Now Holding Self Defense Classes in Rutherfordton, North Carolina Most would consider Instructor DeLauter highly trained and capable. Several years in Tae Kwon Do, and academy training as…

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Self Defense Classes in Jacksonville, FL

Former U.S. Marine and Correctional Officer is Holding Self Defense Classes in Jacksonville, FL. Meet Self Defense Company Instructor Terry Bowser, Sr. Immediately after graduating high school Instructor Bowser joined…

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Self Defense Classes in Sierra Vista, AZ

Navy Veteran and Lifelong Martial Artist Celebrates Five Year Anniversary with the Self Defense Company Instructor Anthony Hubble Ranks/Certifications: Level 2 Self Defense Company Instructor 5th Degree Black Belt Taekwondo…

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Self Defense Classes in Black, AL

Vietnam Veteran and Former Police Officer Finds Home Teaching Self Defense Instructor Duane Huffstutler lives by Christian principles, “I treat people the way they want to be treated by how they…

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Self Defense Classes in Burleson, TX

Retired Police Officer Teaching Realistic Self Defense Classes in North Texas.  Meet Oral Kenneth Neal, Jr. but his friends call him OK or “Shine”.  Instructor Neal jokes, “I have never…

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KOBK – How to Fight a Really Big Dude in the Street

In this episode of the Kill or Be Killed Podcast… What’s with the Finger Dart? How to Fight a REALLY BIG DUDE… …and a compliment?!?!     Did you get…

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The Self Defense Training Revoltuion

In this episode of the KILL or BE KILLED podcast…The Self Defense Training Revolution. More effective and personal than Peloton Cycle, The Self Defense Company is revolutionizing self defense training…

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Man Survives Knife Attack While Cops Stood By and Watched

The following video is a story posted on CRACKED by Joe Lozito. It’s about this maniac Maksim Gelman who on February 11, 2011 went on a 28 hour stabbing spree and…

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Self Defense Classes in West Michigan

Self Defense Company now forming classes in West Michigan Firefighter, Paramedic and Private Investigator is now holding self defense classes in the Evart, MI area. A good friend once told…

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Instructor Promotions December 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Self Defense Company is Proud to announce the following Instructor Promotions [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Dr. Carl Welliver Level 5 Boston, MA Area Self Defense Company of Greater Boston 38 Montvale…

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Find Your Inner Bully in 2019

My wife and I recently brought two of our granddaughters into our home in response to low-grade sexual assault of them. Some half-wits who only half know me declared, “HE’S…

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Kill or Be Killed Podcast: Be Your Own Cop

Be your own Cop — Be your own Bodyguard — Be Your Own Hitman In this episode of the Kill or Be Killed Podcast Director of Instructor Development George Hutchings…

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Elite Member Spotlight: Richard Turner

How to Kick Ass with Only One Leg. Meet Rich Turner who at the age of 18 months lost his leg in a riding lawnmower accident. Since then Rich was bullied…

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Legal Use of Force

When is it legal for you to use force to protect yourself, loved ones or property?  When a person has reasonable grounds for believing, and does in fact actually believe…

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Know your rights about stalking

You Are Not To Blame for Being Stalked. 1.4 million people are stalked every year in the United States, one in 12 women and one in 45 men in their…

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How To Protect Your Child Against Online Predators

Children and teenagers today have the opportunity to connect with others in many ways. They have cell phones, giving them instant access, either by voice or text. Social Media allows…

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Crime Prevention for Families

Families and couples provide different advantages and disadvantages when dealing with violent crime. It’s important to have a plan in place BEFORE you’re face to make tough decisions. Become a…

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HOW TO DEAL WITH CYBERBULLIES

Many teens try to deal with cyberbullies own their own by stopping any communication with the person doing the bullying, deleting messages or reporting the bully to website moderators, often…

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How to Protect Your Home Against Theft

Coming home to see your home or apartment torn apart is a feeling no person should ever have to endure, it is a violation of your property and your person…

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Ten Steps to Survive an Assault

There is nothing more traumatic than being a victim of violence. The aftermath left in the wake of an assault, robbery or rape can be devastating and have lifelong effects….

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Self Defense Company Instructor on Knife or Death!

An interview with lifelong martial artist, police officer and Self Defense Company Instructor, John Martin Landry who competed on Knife or Death Season 2, Episode 4. Knife or Death is…

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Self Defense Classes in Tennessee

Black Belt – Bounty Hunter joins the Self Defense Company Self Defense Company proudly announces that it will be holding self defense classes in Tennessee under the direction of Instructor…

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The “Secret” to the SDTS – The Drop Step

People often ask what makes The Self Defense Training System different than all others and there is only one place to start – The Drop Step. In fact, I’ve been…

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Interview with a knucklehead – More Anti Gun Rhetoric

We get an email from Richard L regarding our Body Armor… “Instead, how about we better and more complete ownership background checks, have owner testing, similar to a drivers license and…

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Disavowed List

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] What gets you on the Disavowed List?  Cancelation, chargeback or decline of the Operation Phoenix Program. We’re pretty clear on the website – this is a non-refundable purchase. More…

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Do you need a training Partner?

This episode of the Kill or Be Killed Podcast – Training Partners…do you REALLY need them. It’s the first podcast is a long time, and it shows… Feel free to…

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5 Steps to Surviving Sexual Assault

Statistics can vary, but on average, every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. Research indicates that more than half of all rapes of women occur before age…

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Self Defense Classes in Palm Beach Florida

Law Enforcement Officer and Multiple Black Belt Holder (and TV Star) is now holding Self Defense Classes in Palm Beach, Florida Instructor John Landry is no stranger to violence. During…

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Self Defense Company on the DRS

Beirut, Lebanon – Self Defense Company Instructor Mario Karam made his TV debut on the DRS in Lebanon. Instructor Karam is a Level 3 Instructor with the Self Defense Company and…

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Self Defense Classes in Madison, Wisconsin

Security Officer Now Forming Self Defense Classes is Madison, Wisconsin. Meet Self Defense Company Instructor Nathan Willison He never stood for bullying in any sense. Growing up he had to…

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Hate Mail

#hehateme In spite of the thousands of people out there doing what we do…haters still gonna hate…       I’ve put a stop to watching this nonsense, so why…

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Self Defense Classes in Boston, MA

Doctor Sees Simplicity as the Key to Success in Self Defense   Having trained in Judo as a young teen I have always been interested in the martial arts and…

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Self Defense Classes in West Pasco, Florida

The Self Defense Company in now holding classes in West Pasco, Florida Meet Self Defense Company Instructor Nick Palumbo Instructor Palumbo is a retired law enforcement officer and  a certified…

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Self Defense Company Instructor Promotions

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Self Defense Company is proud to announce the latest round of instructor promotions.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”27219″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Instructor Mario Karam (Lebanon) Promoted to Level 3 by Instructor Hutchings[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image…

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But what if they fight back?

Dear Sirs, I’m very disappointed in you 60 minute Self Defense Program, it seems like most if not all your “defenses” don’t account for the person fighting back.” -Dave M….

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Self Defense Company expanding in Lebanon

The Self Defense Company is expanding rapidly in Lebanon under the direction of Instructor Mario Karam. Instructor Karam has successfully implemented the SDTS into a top tier American University (Lebanese…

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My Sensei – Donn F. Draeger

By Michael P. Belzer I saw Donn Draeger for the first time when I was 13 years old. My father had heard that some top ranked martial artists from Japan…

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From Wimp to Warrior

Wimps are annoying. They wander around as hollow two-legged targets, silently begging to be bullied or injured. And, when they complain about a nearby Warrior who is willing to fill…

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Women in the Self Defense Company

In the wake of the #metoo movement, more women are actively seeking self defense solutions and adding these skills to their tool box. Joining the cause is Self Defense Company…

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Confessions of a Krav Maga Instructor

Self Defense Company Director of Instructor Development George Hutchings tells all about his experience in teaching and training in Krav Maga, Muy Thai and the Self Defense Training System.  …

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Self Defense Classes in New Hampshire

The Self Defense Company is proud to announce a NEW Instructor in Dover, New Hampshire, Mr. Tim Sprowl.   Martial Arts Journey Instructor Sprowl began his martial arts training at…

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Self Defense in Marshfield, Missouri

Marshfield, Missouri – The Self Defense Company announces today that it has expanded to the Ozark Mountains with it’s newest Instructor – Mr. Kip Marsh http://www.facebook.com/OzarkMountainsSDC Instructor Marsh’s Self Defense Journey…

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Self Defense Company at the Lebanese American University CEP

Self Defense Company at the Lebanese American University CEP Beirut, Lebanon – The Lebanese American University CEP (LAU-CEP) announced today that it will include The Self Defense Company’s training programs…

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The Ultimate Choice: Sacrifice or Regret.

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[VIDEO] Was this attack REALLY Random?

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Self Defense Company Instructor Bry Galganski Promoted to Level 1

The Self Defense Company is proud to announce that Instructor Bry Galganski has successfully completed all of the requirements and has been promoted to LEVEL 1 Instructor of the Self…

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“I’m wondering if you have some advice for the old & broken. I suffer from severe spinal arthritis, and any kind of physical altercation would result in severe injury.  In…

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Self Defense isn’t sparring…. Brian: “I’ve been training really hard in the SDTS and the other day I was just messing around with my brother and he was able to…

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You’ve been told by the experts that it takes YEARS of training to learn how to defend yourself but why should it take that long to learn something that’s INSTINCTUAL to…

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I’d like you to meet one of our SDTS Elite Members Kurt. Kurt’s a 63 yer old grandpa who’s not letting up any time soon. Every week I get messages from…

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What does a heavily armed operator with a mission objective, equipped with intelligence, superior numbers and technology have to do with you being stalked when you’re alone, walking to your…

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I posted this question and it wasn’t long before the ‘experts’ chimed in – months, weeks, a year…10 YEARS!!! Not surprising because after decades in the martial arts whose business…

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You’re Doing it Wrong…

If you posted a video anything, (especially in martial art and self defense) – without FAIL a self proclaimed “expert” will emerge and point out some useless detail that has…

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How to Escape from Any Room Before entering any room, always look for a second way out, because under stress most people will always escape the way they entered. But…

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Confessions of a Self Defense Instructor

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ADAPTATION

There’s a great photo essay on the World Adaptive Surfing Championships in the Player’s Tribune. Each year competitors from all over the world with disabilities from blindness to missing limbs…

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The Truth About Bruce Lee

If you were a kid growing up in the late 60’s and 70’s you wanted to be Bruce Lee. His last movie, “Enter the Dragon” coinciding with his untimely death…

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So you took a women’s self defense class. I’m sure it made you feel good an impowered. I’m sure you and your fellow classmates felt better for taking it. Sorry…

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This latest vehicle ramming attack in Charlottesville, Va. is just one of many that have come to inflict mass casualties on innocent victims.  It should come at no surprise that…

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Most of what you learned in self defense and martial arts simply does not work and what you have been lead to believe as GOSPEL is a lie.  In this…

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I often get asked what martial art should I do to supplement my SDTS training and my answer is simple: JUDO.  If you don’t know me I was a Div…

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“If you want something other people don’t have you must be willing to do what other people won’t.” Every week I get messages from people with a litany of excuses…

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Self Defense size up happens in the first few milliseconds your in someone else’s space. They see you as a possible target of opportunity and they need to make a…

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How to Teach the Perfect Self Defense Class

You can’t just “show up and throw up.” Anyone who knows how to coach and teach knows how to properly craft a plan and a progressive curriculum. In this free…

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The Six Signs Your Instructor Sucks

Your instructor could be a world champ, Navy Seal, Black ops Killing Machine…but that doesn’t mean they can teach a good class or be a good coach. We’ve put together…

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Would You Break the Law to Defend Yourself or Your Family?

I posted this question on Facebook (and took it down after my quick survey was complete) and the OVERWHELMING majority…let’s call it 100%, responded YES!….without hesitation and with great enthusiasm….

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How to Spot Terrorist Activity

“The 10 Warning Signs of Terrorist Activity” 1. Suspicious activity related to fireworks. Federal authorities have advised local law enforcement to take  notice of anyone asking questions about fireworks “that…

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How to Avoid the Bump and Rob Scam

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Self Defense for People with Disabilities

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How to escape a sinking car.

Did you know that over 400 people each year die inside sinking cars? You would think it would be a rare event, but careening a car into a lake is…

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The Spy Behind the Plate

When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included.  Although he played with five major-league…

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Virtual Street Crime

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Home Invasion Video

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Why Martial Arts have become a Joke

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Paper Tigers: The Death of Martial Arts

UFC 1 showed the modern world the power of traditional martial arts was grossly exaggerated. Martial artists around the world stood in shock as they watched experts in many styles shatter their…

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The Self-Defense Secret

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What is NOT Self Defense?

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The Truth About Stranger Danger

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The Karate Kid Scam

What’s Wrong With This Picture?  Forget what you see in the movies and what your local “martial arts expert” claims…   A child under the age of thirteen has ZERO…

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Why are there so many martial arts?

“Not All Martial Arts are Created Equal” Martial arts can be listed into four categories: Combat Sport, Cultural Fighting Art,  Reality Based Self Defense and Commercial Martial Arts.  The Martial Arts Brand…

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The one question to ask any self defense expert

The only question you should ask first is… “How long will it take you to teach me to defend myself?”  If the answer is anything longer than “one second”, you should leave…

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Crazy Shit People Admit on Facebook

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You’ve already lost

The moment you worry if a “move”,  “weapon” or “tactic” is illegal, you’ve already lost. Because the bad guy, bully or rapist doesn’t give a sh!t about you or the law….

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Confessions of a Martial Artist

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How Far Are You Willing to Go?

How Far Are You Willing to Go? This is the question you need to ask yourself every day. What are you willing to do to protect yourself and your loved…

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What if

““What if?!?!” Are you a ‘What IF’ Guy (or Gal)? Without fail, during a seminar there’s going to be “what if” questions. It’s always some type of “counter move” to what you’re teaching. I…

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Why “Control” in Martial Arts is bad for self defense.

YOU HAVE NO CONTROL!!! Control. In the martial arts world this word is used to describe your ability to come as close as you can to your target without actually…

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Everything you ever wanted to know about grappling

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I HATE the Self Defense Company

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Are you an ‘Excuse’ or an ‘Opportunity’?

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How Long Does it Take to Learn Self Defense

How Long does it Take to Learn Self Defense? Jerry from Alaska writes… “Hey Damian, I am glad to say Merry Christmas and a Happy (safe) New Years to you…

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Is that self defense legal?

Is that Legal?  When some people see SDTS Combatives for the first time they often ask if a technique or weapon is “legal”.  That’s because they’re basically good, law-abiding people who really…

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The Best Man Movies of All Time I need the top 10 movies to bring my son into manhood. This is what came to the top of my head. Animal…

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Thank You Veterans

  Thank You. Veterans Day November 11, 2018 In the picture: Pearl Harbor survivor Houston James of Dallas embraces former Marine SSgt Mark Graunke, Jr. of Flower Mound, Texas during the…

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Why Traditional Self Defense Blocks Don’t Work

Millions upon millions of martial artists think they can use traditional blocks to defend against a punch, kick or any attack for that matter. But this little “bar trick” from…

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Home Invasion Escape Drill

Home Invasion Escape Drill from the Family Safe Program Below is a shocking video of a home invasion that happen here in New Jersey.  When you’re under real stress like this, you…

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Teen Girl Fends off Rapist with Pepper Spray Gets Arrested

Denmark – A 17-year-old girl who was physically and sexually attacked in Sønderborg will herself face charges for using pepper spray to fend off her assailant. The teenager told police that…

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95% of all martial arts statistics and facts are made up.  After thirty plus years in martial arts and self defense there are a still a few favorite “facts” that just…

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Carl Cestari Unofficial Biography

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People You Should Know: Donn F Draeger

This is the guy Steven Seagal tried to be. Donald Frederick Draeger was probably the most respected American martial artist in Japan and he is the MOST prolific martial arts author…

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Tueller Drill and the 21 foot Rule

The Tueller Drill and the 21 Foot Rule The 21 foot rule is the notion that you need 21 feet between you and a knife wielding attacker to effectively draw and…

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Self Defense for Realtors

8 Self Defense Rules for Realtors “Butler County Ohio –  A 29-year-old sales agent was reportedly attacked by two masked men in a model home. According to police, the two men…

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Med Student Saves Girl

Medical Student Peter Gold Saves Girl and Makes Full Recovery WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT OF MAN BEING SHOT SEEN BELOW Peter Gold, 25, shot in stomach early November 20, when he…

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Bruce Lee was cool…but Kimura was the MAN.  Time to put your nunchaku down, take the track suit off and meet a REAL bad ass.  Once upon a time when Brazilian…

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7 Ways to Survive a Mass Murder

7 Ways to Survive a Mass Murder even when you don’t have your firearm Unfortunately France is just another in a long line of mass murderers that will continue. Today…

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Video – Why You Should Avoid Punching in the Street

Many people punch in a street fight and the main reason they don’t break their hands and fingers all of the time is because they don’t punch hard enough to…

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Video: How to Cut Your Time Training Self Defense to a Fraction

How to Cut Your Time Training Self Defense to a Fraction. Why memorize multiple specific defenses for different individual attacks when one will do?  This type of training always appears…

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SDTS Knife Training

SDTS Knife Training from Module 9 of the Elite Membership You can dance with your knife in the air all you want, but unless you practice sticking it into something…

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[INCREDIBLE] Stories of Self Defense: Melissa Bruen and Maurice Osbourne

[INCREDIBLE] Stories of Self Defense: Melissa Bruen and Maurice Osbourne   Melissa Bruen As a senior  at the University of Connecticut, Melissa was walking across campus during Spring Weekend talking…

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[TRENDING] BJJ Master Killed in Mugging

BJJ master Bruno Inacio Nunes dies while trying to stop robbery in Rio de Janeiro Brazilian jiu-jitsu master blackbelt at the gym Ipanema Fight Gym, Bruno Inacio Nunes, passed away at 37…

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The De-Escalation and the Use of Force

The De-Escalation and the Use of Force The application of force is a topic covered throughout a police officer’s career. Training begins academically at the academy, followed by practical “defensive…

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How to Survive Animal Attacks (5 TRUE Stories)

How to survive animal attacks – Lions and Sharks and Bears (Oh my!) 5 true stories and the bad asses who lived to tell the tale.  Pop quiz: If you get…

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43 Year Old Women Defends Herself with Sword

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis woman is getting praise from around the world for what she did to fight off an intruder. When a man broke into her east-side home just…

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Home Invader Defeated by 75-Year-Old Man and a Steak Knife

A 75-year -old man who found an intruder in his Bastrop County home fatally stabbed him with a steak knife, the Bastrop County sheriff’s office said Tuesday. Marion Lee Hill…

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5 Tactical Tips to Survive a Home Invasion

5 Tactical Tips To Survive A Home Invasion! Home invasions don’t just happen in “high crime” neighborhoods! They happen EVERYWHERE (even in rural areas where home invaders know that there’s no…

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Teen Crushes Knife Wielding Attacker with TIRE IRON

Teen Crushes Knife Wielding Attacker with TIRE IRON In this corner (on the left) 17 year-old hero Nate Stewart and in the other corner, a 32 year-old waste of life……

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The Best Martial Art for Self Defense is….

People often ask me what martial art to practice to supplement their SDTS Combatives Training. I will say you don’t need this for self defense, but having 3 black belts and ranks…

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History of Self Defense: Fairbairn’s Defendu

History of Self Defense: Fairbairn’s DEFENDU DEFENDU was a complete method of armed and unarmed Close- Quarters Combat. The foundation of the DEFENDU method was rooted in the harsh and…

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The 4 Exercise Work Out

A Work Out So Simple it’s Genius.  In the world of Cross-fit, Px90, Body Beast and whatever fad there comes your way, there was a work out that built core…

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You’ll Get KILLED Doing THAT!!

“You’ll Get KILLED Doing THAT!!” is the mantra that every self defense expert or martial artists says who sees ANYTHING that’s not associated with their style or system. According to them…

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Why Your Punches Are Sloppy in the Street?

Why Your Punches Are Sloppy in the Street? Why do seasoned martial artists and pro-fighters go from throwing precise, technically correct, crisp punches in the gym to wild haymakers in the…

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Self Defense and the Law

Self Defense and the Law What most people know about the law and self defense is based on urban legend, the movies and the media. Even the notion that you can…

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Top Ten Worst Self Defense Advice

Top 10: The Worst Self Defense Advice  A not-so-wise man once said, “Any self defense advice is good advice.” While the intent is well-meaning, nothing could be farther from the truth. Bad…

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He Hate Me

HE HATE ME I need to get something off my chest… I’ve been offering The Self Defense Training System online since 2002 and I’ve heard it all before… “You can’t learn…

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She Lived in FEAR and a Gun and the Police Couldn’t Protect Her

She Lived in FEAR and a Gun and the Police Couldn’t Protect Her Tracy Williams was killed Sunday evening while she was at an ATM in the parking lot of…

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Hooker Kills Serial Killer with his Own Gun

Prostitute Kills Serial Killer with His Own Gun This is the incredible true story of how a woman, with no training whatsoever – disarmed and killed a larger, stronger, armed,…

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Citizens Capture Mugger!

Street justice, New York-style: City residents tackled mugger who attacked Arizona mother-of-two tourist Good Samaritans held down a man who allegedly robbed a 36-year-old mother of two Wednesday night in…

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Self Defense Spotlight Neil Bran

Student Defeats Street Boxer with the Self Defense Training System Every once in a while I spotlight a Self Defense Training System success story. It could be a personal story…

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Fear is Good

FEAR is GOOD Fighting back is a scary proposition. Risking physical injury is unnerving at best and terrifying beyond comprehension at the worst. Getting punch in the ring is a lot different…

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Self Defense Spot Light

Every so often I like to feature a member who I feel emulates what we’re doing at the Self Defense Company. Steve is one of those people who “get’s it.” …

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Two Step Shark Defense

Two Step Shark Defense – Do I need to put out another course? It’s getting crazy -already this year there’ve been 13 recorded shark attacks across the U.S. and this…

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Where Are Your F#CKING Manners?

Where Are Your F#CKING Manners? “You would NEVER speak to me like that if you were standing in front me” is the thought that popped into my head during another…

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Firefighter CRUSHES Armed Robber

Firefighter CRUSHES Armed Robber MIDLOTHIAN, TX – Congratulations to Daniel Gaskey, a Mansfield firefighter, former Marine and high school wrestler, who took down an armed robber with his bare hands, and…

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New Report: Men Over Estimate Their Ability to Fight

New Report: Men Over Estimate Their Ability to Fight A recent study published by the department of health and human services has shown that the average man overestimates his ability…

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70 Year Old Woman Survives Attack

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Hate Crime: Multiple Attackers Chris McKnight, 27  was beaten by multiple attackers and later treated for a broken nose and concussion at a nearby hospital. The video below was captured by a…

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What is the BIGGEST Killer of them all?

Complacency:  A feeling of contentment or self-satisfaction, especially when coupled with an unawareness of danger, trouble, or controversy. An instance of contented self-satisfaction. Complacency tells you you’re too busy, too old, too injured or…

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The 10 Commandments of Instruction

The 10 Commandments of Instruction I’ve been a few things in my life, but primarily I’m an instructor and a coach – which are exactly the same thing only “Self…

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The Secret of Success is in Your Failures Success equals survival. A successful hunter ate that night, while the ones who failed went hungry. The benefits of success are obvious….

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The Three Lies Gun Owners Tell Themselves

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Self Defense for people with disabilities

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Self Defense with disabilities. We all have disabilities in some way. There are somethings we can do very well and other things, well…not so much. That’s just the way…

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History of Self Defense Part 4: Charlie Nelson

People you Should Know: Charlie Nelson Written By Eric Thorsen When you think of New York City, do you think of the Statue of Liberty or maybe even the colorful…

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Deadly “Concealed Carry” Myth (BUSTED!)

Deadly “Concealed Carry” Myth (BUSTED!) I just watched a tactical firearm training video that really made me shake my head in disbelief. I can’t believe that so many “expert” firearm…

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Self Defense Video Break Down: Girl Fight

Girl drops guy with judo throw Seoi Nage and he gets knocked the F#CK OUT!  Next time someone tells you you fight like a girl, tell them “I sure hope…

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History of Self Defense Part 2: W.E. Fairbairn and World War 2 and Defendu

People You Should Know:  W.E. Fairbairn, The Father of Hand to Hand Combat William Ewart Fairbairn (/ˈfɛrbɛrn/; 28 February 1885 – 20 June 1960) was a British soldier and police officer….

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Rape on Campus – Exposing the College Cover Up

I have been teaching Self Defense since 1996. Over the years we have given many self defense seminars and training to colleges and corporations across the country but nothing beyond a one…

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Self Defense Survivor – The Kevin Jones Story

If a Man With No Hands, One Leg and a Colostomy Bag Can Destroy a Mugger with SDTS Combatives – So Can You. To LISTEN to Kevin’s story on the…

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The Science of Self Defense

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Science of Self Defense An approach to minimizing injury related to interpersonal violence. By Bernard McPherson RN, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, MS in Physiology, 9 Black Belts, 13 Years…

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5 Tasers FAIL to bring down 18 year old.

18 Year Old Inmate vs. 5 Corrections Officers Think a TASER is going to save your ass…think again my friend. Here is yet another example of the limitations of the almighty…

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How to REALLY Kick a Guy in the Nuts

Kicking the Nuts for Most People is Literally “Hit or Miss” Most people’s response to any self defense situation is just “kick him in the nuts”. It’s what you’ve been saying…

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Home Grown Terror

Q: How do you fight someone who is willing to die? A: You kill him. The days of only worrying about mugging, car jacking, domestic violence and sexual assault are…

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How the Media Victimizes Women

If you believe everything you read in the news, women fail to defend themselves against rape and sexual assault 99.5% of the time while in reality an overwhelming majority of…

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How to Get to that Dark Place

All criminals are willing to take that first step and use violence to get what they want regardless of the physical and mental damage it causes you. We’ve learned that fighting…

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We Are No Longer Friends

WE ARE NO LONGER FRIENDS On December 20, 2014 NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were assassinated while sitting in their cruiser eating lunch. Authorities investigating the murders said…

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Get REAL, TRAIN REAL, STAY ALIVE! – Carl Cestari

“Carl Cestari was one of my instructors and mentor in the world of combatives. He died way before his time in 2007, he is greatly missed.” – Damian Ross, The Self Defense…

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Report: Average Male 4000% Less Effective in Fights Than They Imagine

Report: Average Male 4,000% Less Effective In Fights Than They Imagine. WASHINGTON—Contradicting the long-held belief that they would just go off and destroy anyone who tried to mess with them,…

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What’s the Best Self Defense Move?

What are the one or two moves you should know? I get this question a lot and the answer isn’t what you think. First of all this question illustrates a…

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Self Defense Seminars are a Waste of Time

There are a ton of Self Defense Seminars out there, primarily targeted towards women, that claim to prepare you for a brutal and ruthless attack. Let me ask you, do you…

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I am a felon

Right now I am breaking the law. In fact I’m going to continue to break the law as long as I possibly can because on Monday the NJ legislature passed…

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Don’t Let Science get in the way of your Martial Arts Fantasy

Don’t Let Science Get in the Way of Your Martial Arts Fantasy Damian Ross – The Self Defense Company Do martial arts like Aikido, Systema, Akijujutsu and even Reality Based…

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How to Avoid Justifiable Failure

How to Avoid Justifiable Failure Damian Ross, The Self Defense Company Don’t let your New Year’s Resolution become a victim of another Justifiable Failure. Justifiable Failure is when you set…

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The Fight Before Christmas

 The Fight Before Christmas ‘Twas the fight before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney…

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Why Your Training Partner is Killing You

Your Training Partner is Killing You How a training partner makes you weak. By Damian Ross, The Self Defense Company There is no “give and take” is self defense. You’re…

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10 Minute Self Defense

10 Minute Self Defense Damian Ross, The Self Defense Company 10 Minutes is all it takes to go from Candy Ass to Bad Ass If you’re living on this planet…

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The Seven Signs Your Instructor is Full of Sh!t.

Some people actually believe that any self defense advice is good. To that I ask you, is any medical advice good? Is any nutrition or exercise advice good? Of course…

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How to Fight Drunk

How to Fight Drunk Take the Combatives Drinking Challenge  (ages 21 and older only) There’s kind of a “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy in martial arts when it comes to drinking….

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Too Old or Injured for Self Defense?

Too Old or Injured to Learn Self Defense? Fact: If you’re older, injured and appear to be weaker you’re most likely to be targeted. Damian Ross, The Self Defense Company…

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The Hardest Thing About Self Defense

…is taking the first step to fight back. When you practice in a typical self defense class – it’s easy to fight back.  Someone is the attacker and the other person…

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The Self Defense Company Remembers 9-11

  September 11, 2001  List of World Trade Center Victims Gordon M. Aamoth, Jr. Edelmiro Abad Maria Rose Abad Andrew Anthony Abate Vincent Abate Laurence Christopher Abel William F. Abrahamson…

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The Ultimate Work Out – Damian Ross, The Self Defense Company

The Ultimate Work Out Develop Combative POWER, SKILL and FAST RECOVERY with this all inclusive regiment. You may think I’m a machine – train all day, fight and f#ck all…

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The Truth About Knife Fighting

This is what you should know about edged weapons…. The actual field studies regarding knife wounds and the effects of attacks on different target areas were pioneered by WWII commandos….

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The Eight Cardinal Rules Self Defense

The following 8 cardinals rules are used to evaluate the validity of any self defense system. I’m writing this to help you make an informed decision. So read through the…

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