Self defense as common sense is a rare trait

June 16, 2010

The most amazing thing about firefighters and emergency response people is their use of common sense and an ability to think in the midst of chaos. Firefighters especially learn to adapt whatever is at hand to put the situation more in their favor.
As farmers in Oklahoma, my family and I joked that we could fix [...]

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To take a stand takes courage, ownership

June 11, 2010

Deciding to take a stand for something you believe in isn’t easy.
COURAGE TO TAKE A STAND — NO WIMPS ALLOWED
(Warning, I will get a bit philosophical today)

What does it mean to “take a stand”
against a burglar in your house?
against a bully at school?
against an abusive or arrogant authoritarian figure?
against a corrupt system?
against a [...]

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Victimhood, Big Brother, and a slippery slope

June 2, 2010

Recently I mentioned a few gloom and doom articles on my family Facebook wall. I followed it all up with a rather negative assessment of the world situation.
In reply, one of my Facebook friends wrote in an exasperated tone:
“GOOD GRIEF.
“I feel like everyone is losing their minds, truly… What in the hell is everyone so [...]

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Self defense and owning your survival

May 21, 2010

The decision to learn emergency thinking skills and use self defense when necessary requires a mindset few are taught. Changing to a survival mindset isn’t easy.
First, people must come out of denial and never assume everything is safe or that today will just be like yesterday.
You must own your reality.
Second, people must make their body [...]

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Calling it incendiary or inciting creates violence

May 6, 2010

Enough is enough.
From an article at msnbc website:
On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a [...]

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A dog is best friend in home safety, too

April 12, 2010

Beyond the Self Defense Tweets:
Taken randomly from my self defense tweets on Twitter.  I write super-short blog posts to go Beyond the Tweet, chosen from the archives.

The Tweet:
Best, oldest & truest warning alarm and protector from bad guys — a good watchdog!

Beyond the Tweet:
This is our latest addition to the [...]

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Gaslighting makes you question reality

March 31, 2010

Optical illusions play with what we see. Gaslighting plays with what we think is real.
As I explained in my last post, Gaslighting is the use of psychological and manipulative abuse or intimidation to make other people doubt themselves or their version of reality.
If the Gaslighting is done by a full-fledged narcissist or other well-practiced, toxic [...]

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Gaslighting, is someone using this trap on you?

March 23, 2010

One of the most diabolical emotional abuses is Gaslighting. Ever heard of it? I hadn’t heard it named until I read a comment by a reader named Deborah a few months back.
Gaslighting according to Wikipedia, “is a form of intimidation or psychological abuse in which false information is presented to the victim, making them [...]

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Self defense requires guts, instinct, and intutition

March 16, 2010

Beyond the Self Defense Tweets:
Taken randomly from my self defense tweets on Twitter.  I write super-short blog posts to go Beyond the Tweet, chosen from the archives.

The Tweet:

Learn to trust your gut about people & situations. Your Inner Warrior is as real as your Inner Child.

Beyond the Tweet:
In self defense, your [...]

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Self defense for kids made easier with a game

March 9, 2010

Self defense for kids isn’t always learning how to kick and punch. It’s also learning how to think, how to be aware, and how to keep a street-smart mindset.
But how do parents teach kids self defense in the middle of a hectic home and work life?
Why not make it a game?
The following set of activities [...]

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