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.

sarflondonboydonewell's picture

Met Police bravery of the year awards

http://www.lbc.co.uk/met-police-bravery-of-the-year-award-123232 

some very interesting real life incidents some of which bring issues of self defence and post incident management.

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Leigh Simms's picture

UK - Sex crimes reported to police at highest level since current records began

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Andrzej J's picture

Sheep, wolves and sheep-dogs

Merry Christmas, or whatever it is you may be celebrating, to all!

We talk a lot in this community about self-protection strategies, avoidance, de-escalation, fences, pre-emption, stun-and-run and so on. But I haven't yet heard anything about intervention to protect third parties from a crime in progress. I'm not talking about vigilantism here, simply intervening to help someone who's in danger of getting at least robbed, possibly hospitalized or killed in a criminal attack that we happen to witness.

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dhogsette's picture

Criminal Law and Civil Law

It is indeed important to discuss self-defense and the law with our students, but sometimes I think enough isn't said about the distinctions in burden of proof and such between criminal cases and civil suits. In most states in the US, the criminal law protects the defender, but in some states you do have to be very careful. However, in most states, the civil courts often favor the criminal who seeks compensation for having been hurt when trying to attack his intended victim. Commonly, criminals will harass their victims from jail with frivolous civil suits.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Street fighting is illegal and the floor is a bad place to be (recent news footage)

Hi All,

Here is a link to a story and video from The Mirror newspaper here in the UK which helps underline some commonly discussed themes here:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shocking-cctv-shows-yobs-mass-6956656

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diadicic's picture

The Message is getting out there.

Dom

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Michael Rust's picture

One Punch Attacks & Awareness

I just read this article over the weekend. It goes to show how deadly one punch can be especially when taken by surprise. It also confirms how important awareness skills and training really are. Most of the vicitims in this article recieved life altering injuries and will never be the same from these random attacks. Apparently there have been close to 10 attacks that have taken place in the downtown Vancouver area in Canada the last couple of months.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Good manners in self-protection

Hi All,

In the recent “Martial Virtues” podcast I touched upon how good manners and good character have a bearing on self-protection. I thought that particular aspect may make for a good thread as it’s a “do / jutsu” crossover point that I don’t see talked about very much. I’d be interested in hearing everyone’s thoughts and views on this.

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Tau's picture

Training for Reality

Off the back of my recent video and the resultant comments, I'd like to ask how we train for the reality of violence in our respective dojo. I'm not referencing technique per se but how to include the chaos of actual combat, the physchology, the effects of adrenaline, the sudden-ness, the intent.

I've done Iain's KBS many times and love it. Hard work, great fun, productive. Yet I never feel any degree of threat due to (necessary) safety measures and that we're all friends in the room.

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Tau's picture

Reality of Attacks

Video I've been think about for some time. Finally come together. Hope it makes you think.

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