Self Defence

Social Media Self-Protection Dilemma?

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English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is not an easy topic to address. It is not easy because it concens the potentially negative side of social media again and I duly note the apparent irony. I rely a lot on social media in order to promote awareness of my services and my work in general. This post, like all my online material, will be linked through […]

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Stalking Culture – Old and New

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I write this piece during the season of Halloween. It’s a darkly creative time of year for me for many reasons and I do my best not to allow my personal preferences for enjoying scary stories and many of the various tongue-in-cheek customs intrude into my self-protection writings. I have other outlets to indulge and express many of the fantastical elements associated with this particular festival. However, here and there certain things do cross over. One year, for example, I […]

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Learning from Sharks

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Sharm el-Sheikh is located on the Egyptian Red Sea coast, at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I guess it is because I started re-reading Peter Benchley’s masterpiece of pulp fiction, “Jaws” that my attention has been brought back to sharks. It is not difficult to find a documentary on these fascinating predators of the deep on one of the TV channels. If your special interest is crime, Nazis or sharks then there is a never […]

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The Order of the Tribe and Other Frustrations

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Despite there being documented research on the social phenomena we know as “The Bystander Effect” by psychologists John M. Darley and Bibb Latané since 1968[i], most people are baffled and angered when they see it being demonstrated. Multimedia and social media, in particular, have alerted more people to the way humans respond under crisis situations. However, this exposure just seems to have highlighted how little we understand human nature. Instead it tends to reinforce confirmation bias in our belief systems. […]

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Is your self-defence any good?

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Image by Pioneer Library System via Flickr Preface Before I begin this article let me get a few things straight about its content. I will be discussing the training methods behind the hard skills required for what I see as efficient self defence. I will be setting down three very general performance criteria, which I think are fairly easy for a club to comply with if they are professing to teach effective skills for self defence, civilian combatives or anything […]

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