Self-Protection

A forum dedicated to all things practical and ‘real’. This is the place for discussions on awareness, personal safety, self-protection
and making martial arts work when it counts.

Iain Abernethy's picture

Canadian Self-Defence Law Changed

The law relating to self-defence in Canada was changed just over 1 year ago. Here is the link to the government website explaining it all:

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/other-autre/rsddp-rlddp/index.html

Some of the key text is also copied below.

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Marcus_1's picture

ITV - Martial Arts : The Real Story

Found this on Youtube today (from around 2000).  Some great, insightful stuff from Geoff Thomspon from around 11 minutes onwards.  Can't believe I missed this first time around!

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Alex.M's picture

Self Protection in a Care/Professional environment

Hi! Longtime reader and listener of podcasts, first-time poster. I was wondering, is there any good advice or methods for self protection in an environment that does not allow harming ones "opponent"? I work in an environment where things can get quite troublesome (ie physically aggressive) but because it is in the workplace and the aggressive parties are my clients or patients (not sure what the proper english term is).

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Marcus_1's picture

"Karate Sparring Distance" and self protection

A lot has been said about how Karate is great for self protection, however, karate-ka practice this at Karate sparring distance which, when it comes to it, is poor for self protection.

Yes, sparring distances do vary from style to style (Shotokan generally being quite a large distance, Kyokushin being much closer etc), which generally leads people to believe that Kyokushin is "better" for self protection.  

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Marcus_1's picture

Controlling the adrenal cocktail in a self protection situation

I have been in numerous situations at work where I have had to either protect myself/others or use force to make an intervention to quell a riot or insurection.  Everytime I am in a situation such as this, the old adrenaline kicks in no matter how often I do it.

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Peregrine's picture

Knife fight footage from my city

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElRXfhmpoBg

Interesting things to note.

Both people are really keen to avoid being stabbed, this is very different body movement from the assaults on the unarmed that I've seen.

No feinting or complex actions

The bystanders don't give a crap.

Simple kitchen knife, no fancy brand name-anything.  It'll still ruin your day.

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AllyWhytock's picture

Crime Statistics

Hello,

For your information. I've found an interesting site for my country (Scotland). 

Homicide in Scotland during 2012-213. Alcohol or drugs has a significant relationship.

"In 2012-13, there were 62 cases of homicide involving 62 victims. This represents a decrease of 31 victims from 2011-12. There were 83 persons accused of homicide in Scotland in 2012-13.

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Zach Zinn's picture

MMA and violence

Ok, i'm hoping this doesn't come off seeming like troll attempt, I watch MMA occasionally, and see a lot of positive effects from it's evolution on the the martial arts, etc. However, the social implications of the MMA phenomenon have really been on my mind latetly, so i'm going to put some stuff out there, knowing that there are both practitioners and fans of MMA here (maybe even in abundance), i'm going to ask some questions that I imagine won't be terribly popular, but I really do want to know people's opinion on them, and hope we can have a good conversation.

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AllyWhytock's picture

Consequences of an unprovoked attack and subsequent retribution.

Hello, Here is a tragic incident, from my home town, in which a man was killed by one punch. There were two incidents separated by several minutes. In a pub, the first incident saw man 'A' strike man 'B' on the chest. Man 'A' was ejected from the pub. A typical incident we see day in day out. Man 'B' dwells on the incident and some several minutes later leaves the pub and finds man 'A'. He punches man 'A' who falls to the ground. Man 'B' immediately turns himself over to the police. Man 'A' dies the next day due to bleeding on the brain.
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Iain Abernethy's picture

The Tony Martin Case

In recent discussions on self-defence law, the “Tony Martin case” has frequently made an appearance. I therefore thought it would be prudent to address it specifically in this post.

Tony Martin shot intruders to his farm and as a result was convicted for murder (later dropped to manslaughter on appeal on the basis of diminished responsibility). Some people cite this as being an example of the law being on the side of the criminal.

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