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Over the years, I’ve been told by many in the defensive tactics/self-defense training profession that being physically fit is an important part of being able to defend yourself. I agree with them that fitness does enhance ability. But I don’t always agree on what type of exercise is the most important.

Aerobic VS Anaerobic

In the 1970s and ’80s the emphasis for Defensive Tactics was aerobic exercise: running, tread mills, jogging, jump rope, running, bicycling, jogging, stair climbing, running, swimming and then more running.

Research through the ’90s and ’00s showed that anaerobic (strength) exercise was at least as important (if not more…

Burglars don’t like getting caught. So they are always on the lookout for dwellings where they have less chance of getting caught. Here are some ways that you can decrease the risk of a burglar choosing your home.

You can always purchase/set up a security system. One that you can use to remotely turn lights and tv on/off during the day is great. But, if you don’t have a security system, here are some other ideas (which are still good to use even if you do have a security system.)

Statistics say that most burglaries happen during the day

It’s possible though, since more people are working from home…

Photo of a hotel

When you travel, whether for business or vacation, you’ll most likely spend time in hotels. Here are some tips to help keep you safer while staying in hotel rooms.

Get a hotel in a safe area, even if it’s further away than you want to be from an event or attraction. Check the security at the front desk. Make sure someone can’t get a key to your room just by asking.

Ask for a room above ground level. It won’t ensure that your room won’t get broken into, but thieves and thugs look for the easiest way in and out…

Vacation is an exciting time. But it’s easy to become so focused on having fun that you can forget to be cautious or aware of your surroundings. Here are some tips to help you stay safer.

Before You Leave

Plan your travel route in advance and tell a family member or trusted friend your itinerary. Call them when you arrive at your destination.

Make sure your vehicle has a current maintenance check and oil change before making an extended trip. Check the tread and air pressure on your tires, as well.

Leave expensive jewelry, and anything else a thief might want to grab…

We all know the beginning of the speech. “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation: conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

But it is the last line of President Lincoln’s two minute Gettysburg Address that we should not only know but should also use to guide us in our decisions regarding the government of ourselves.

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before , that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause…

I saw this photo on a social media site the other day.

Yah… I laughed. It’s funny!

Then I noticed the other people in the photo. And how they were on their phones.

I see this kind of scene everywhere in all kinds of public places. People engrossed in their phones with absolutely NO idea what is going on around them. None.

Those people are making it so easy for thugs, thieves and predators to target them as victims.

There is absolutely no way you can be on your phone and still be aware of your surroundings. No way.


Never tease a football fan, I guess. Back in December of 2019, a day after the Vikings had lost to the Packers, a Wisconsin woman was teasing Mark Mueller, a family member and Vikings fan, about the loss.

According to an article in, Mueller is now being charged with “felony strangulation and suffocation, and misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct, according to online court records.”

The woman said that Mueller had become angry because of her teasing. Once she realized how angry he was, she tried to calm him down.

Instead, he decided to choke her, saying he would kill…

No one wants to worry about their home while on vacation. Here are some tips to help keep your house safe from burglars while you are enjoying your holiday.

Don’t Advertise

It’s only natural to want to share your vacation plans with others. But sharing them on social media is a bad idea. Once it’s out there, you have no control over where the information ends up.

Your plans could end up in the hands of thieves. And they’ll know that they have lots of time to do a thorough job of clearing your home of all your valuables.

Likewise, sharing photos…

Ashley’s Smart Reaction to a Despicable Prank

At a mall in Flint, MI, Ashley Hardacre had finished work and was walking to her vehicle in the mall parking lot. On her car, she found a shirt entangled in the windshield wiper. She apparently didn’t notice it until after she got in her car.

“I got to my car and locked the doors behind me immediately as I always do and noticed that there was a blue flannel shirt on my windshield.”

She decided not to get back out of her car

Ashley tried to use the windshield wipers to push the shirt off. But she discovered that it was wound around the wiper.

She also said she…

“For lack of training, they lack knowledge. For lack of knowledge, they lack confidence. For lack of confidence, they lack victory.” ~Julius Caesar

I came across this quote in some of my old training material and it got me thinking how it is still accurate today.

Most people understand that proper training of a skill will improve your execution of that skill. However, many people don’t understand the critical relationship between physical training and mental training.

Specifically, self defense training (when properly done) not only develops skills to use in a violent attack, it also develops your mindset.

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