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Martial Arts are Not Self-Defence

One of the most common questions you’ll find in self-defence forums, groups, or discussions is “Is this art good for self-defence?” Instantly what happens is practitioners of that art will jump in and say how it has amazing benefits and it’s a perfect solution, while those who practise other arts will retort about its shortcomings….

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How to Inject Realism into Traditional Martial Arts

As a long term traditional martial artist, as well as a fierce proponent of reality-based self-defence (RBSD), I am often asked how I can seemingly play for both teams. Unfortunately, these days it seems that you are either one or the other. Some traditional martial artists scoff at the idea of running around in street…

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7 Mistakes Organisations Make when Tackling Customer Aggression

I’ve been working around customer aggression and workplace violence for close to 15 years now. In that time, I’ve worked amongst a variety of industries including, but not limited to: Hospitality and liquor retail Private security Hotel and resort industry Hospitals and healthcare Human services and community support roles Travel and aviation Funeral industry Service…

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Assertive Courtesy: A 21st Century Technique to Managing Conflict

In the field of verbal self-defence (alternatively called conflict management, verbal de-escalation, tactical communication, or any other buzz word that suits you) there is an ongoing dichotomy between two of the most common pieces of general advice offered. 1)   Treat the other party with respect 2)   Being polite will get you killed Before I offer my approach…

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SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING: A Laypersons’ Guide to Threat Recognition

Originally posted to LinkedIn, May 25, 2017 In the wake of the latest atrocity to hit our media, the terrible tragedy in Manchester, we are once again in the midst of a sea of talking heads, lamenting in hushed tones, imploring the general public to be more vigilant. Indeed, it seems after ever public attack…

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“Calm down!” and other dumb things we say when trying to calm people down

Let’s get one thing out in the open straight away. No one in the history of calming down has anyone ever calmed down after being told to calm down. Not ever. Ever ever ever. Never happened. But it’s still the first thing that comes out of our mouths when we’re exasperated by someone’s behaviour. Hell,…

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The Truth About Surviving Violence

There’s no denying that over the course of 15 years of working the frontlines of private security that I’ve experienced some violence and made it out the other side. I’ve been punched in the head, bottled from behind, coward punched, kicked in the nuts, had my head stomped on by several people at once, stabbed…

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Self Defence Begins with “Self”

The first time someone gets involved in a confrontation that spirals out of their control, their first thought is often “I need to learn how to defend myself.” With that, they will Google, they will read, and then will often end up at the local martial arts club, boxing gym or MMA academy. Convinced that…

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Don’t Mess with the Lioness

Women are helpless. They are not capable of violence. If attacked, their best bet is to give up and hope that they won’t be killed. After all, men are always going to have an advantage. It’s genetic. Right? Are you kidding me? This is absolutely ridiculous, and yet it’s the kind of rhetoric that has…

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