Free Self-Defense Seminar!

On Saturday, January 25th we will be having a free self-defense seminar open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00. The first hour of this seminar will cover lecture/education (and a little Q&A) on avoidance and crime prevention. The remaining time will cover basic self-defense skills. We will also spend some time focusing on using

The Most Under-Rated Self-Defense Tool

Whenever I teach self-defense, I’m often asked about self-defense tools. Pepper spray, Tazer, batons/sticks, knives, guns and more. And although all of those afore-mentioned tools can have their place, there is one excellent tool that many people overlook: The Flashlight. About now you’re probably having the same reaction as many others when I mention this

Gracie Survival Tactics

Last week two of our instructors, Mr. Penny and Mr. Grames were both certified in the Gracie Survival Tactics system (GST). GST is the Gracie family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for law enforcement. The course was run by Evandro Nunes and Tom Chukerel, two great guys and outstanding instructors. This makes these two instructors part of

A Cat to Kick

Early in my martial arts teaching career, I was put in charge of a pre-karate class of three and four year old students. It was called the “Tiny Tigers.”  I’m sure it was amusing to watch, but at the time it was a big deal for me. I was nineteen years old and it was

Martial History #3: Bartitsu

How Judo Affected Sherlock Holmes In October, I described the development of Judo and its interesting founder, Jigoro Kano. A real teacher at heart, Kano dedicated his life to teaching others the benefits of martial arts training in general and Judo specifically. Because of his efforts, Judo was shared with the world and Japanese martial

I’m Not That Important

Recently I went to the Center for Emergency Preparedness to teach police cadets. The Center (often just called “The CEP”) is a part of the Owen’s College campus that focuses on training first responders, Police, Fire, and EMS. You may see the CEP sometime if you drive on Tracy Rd near the Owens campus; it

The Worst Self-Defense Advice Ever

As I get to teach self-defense seminars and run courses around the country, I often spend time talking to students about self-defense advice and/or tips. I get a lot of “I was told to do X, what do you think about that?” Sometimes people are given good advice, and sometimes people are given poor advice.

Criminal Tactics in a Home Invasion.

Last month I described how to make your front door significantly stronger. This month I wanted to describe two common criminal tactics as they relate to your home and its doors. A proper front door can be a very strong point of defense for you and your family.  And many criminals know this.  But it

Going Out of Town? Call the Cops!

Did you know most of the small police departments in our area will check on your house while you are out of town?  Many of the smaller departments like Perrysburg City, Perrysburg Township, Lake Township, Maumee, and Rossford all offer “House Checks” for their residents. Simply call the non-emergency number for your police department (easily