How to Save Lives With SAFE Self Defence Certification

How to Save Lives With SAFE Self Defence Certification

#self_defence_certification How to Save Lives With SAFE Self Defence Certification Are you seeking a mission-filled purpose in your life? Do you have life experiences that could help save others, but you are unsure how those experiences can help others? You think...

How to Help a Couple Who Seem Desperate

How to Help a Couple Who Seem Desperate

#Situational_awareness Does a high situational awareness make you a more helpful person or less so? "How To Help a Couple Who Seem Desperate." A typical scenario took place today, prompting me to write this article. I was visiting a mall, parking on the second level....

How to Stay Safe Using Rideshare Services

How to Stay Safe Using Rideshare Services

#Ridesharing_risks How to Stay Safe Using Rideshare Services is a topic in most of our seminars, particularly our Women Self Defence Courses. For more than 100 years, taxis have been a valuable mode of transportation. However, more recent years, ridesharing services...

How to Choose Between Profits or Personal Safety

How to Choose Between Profits or Personal Safety

#corporate_safety One consistent question I have addressed in corporate, and personal safety seminars is, "How to Choose Between Profits & Your Safety?" Therefore, I often ask one to consider what we will discuss here and ask themselves the one question further...

Self Defence Brain Drain Can’t Retain Any More

#self_defence Want to give your students a "Self defence brain drain so they can't retain anymore?" Have them practice a memorized reaction to one attack thousands of times, then add another 100 different attacks. You have the recipe to keep your students for many...

Top 3 Reasons You Can’t Call It Self Defence

Top 3 Reasons You Can’t Call It Self Defence

Don't call it self defence So you want to learn self-defence but are told the training might not be appropriate for you. Here are my "Top 3 Reasons You Can't Call It Self Defence" if you have thought someone might not make a good client or your training scares away a...

How To Treat Conflict Like Customer Service Now

How To Treat Conflict Like Customer Service Now

Conflict and Customer service have some similarities, so let us look at "How to Treat Conflict Like Customer Service Now." "How Can I Help You." This a simple question we expect in customer service around the world, but it might have a much more important place in...

How to Spot The Abuctor’s Luring Strategies

How to Spot The Abuctor’s Luring Strategies

Abduction Strategies Whether an adult or a child, this self-defence blog post will look at "How to Spot The Abductor's Luring Strategies."  Violence may be physical instantly, as in an ambush or set up through a process. I will take you through some of the most...

These Top 3 Jaw-Dropping Self Defence Comments Make Me…

These Top 3 Jaw-Dropping Self Defence Comments Make Me…

Jaw-Dropping Self Defence Quotes I was reflecting on the last 28 years of teaching self-defence, and these Top 3 Jaw-Dropping Self Defence Comments left me shaking my head. But, of course, you can agree, disagree, or comment if you have similar experiences.  Number 1...

How to Engage Your Clients with Self Defence Stories

How to Engage Your Clients with Self Defence Stories

Self Defence Stories Why it is critical to share Self Defence Stories before statistics. I noticed this past week, twice during my online SAFE Violence Prevention & Self Defence Certification, I was asked what my thoughts were on quoting statistics during...

I Can’t Wait to Test My Self Defence

I Can’t Wait to Test My Self Defence

I Can't Wait To Test What I Learned! Ever ask yourself after completing a self-defence course, "I wonder if what I learned would work?" Of course, there is nothing wrong with that question, but I become concerned when people...

If You Take Credit, Will You Take the Blame?

If You Take Credit, Will You Take the Blame?

Over 28 years of teaching violence prevention and self-defence, I have unfortunately had many students tell me how they have survived violent encounters. Now, you might ask why did I say, "unfortunately?" If they survived, that is fantastic news. Maybe I look at it...

The Reality of Knife Attacks – Almost 2 million Views

The Reality of Knife Attacks – Almost 2 million Views

The Reality of Knife Attacks is not what you see in Hollywood movies. If anyone tells you what they teach, defending against a knife is guaranteed to work is lying. Warning: This video contains graphic language. Knife attacks are fast, chaotic, and brutal. Most self-...

Just Knee Him in the Groin

Just Knee Him in the Groin

Search Google or YouTube for effective self-defence techniques, and you will quickly see someone kneeing someone in the groin.  Knees to the groin are "sold" as the gold standard of strikes for women in self-defence, but are they?  Yes, a shot to the groin,...

Brave or Foolish?

Brave or Foolish?

Brave or Foolish? For years I've taught I'm not going to take the risk of death or serious injury in protecting my valuables. I think this guy was extremely lucky. The valuables can be replaced. I'm guessing the "bad guy" didn't notice the victim's body language...

Do Not Take This Self Defense Video Seriously

Do Not Take This Self Defense Video Seriously

Over the years, I have always had a little discomfort in critiquing what others post as self-defence, but I have had countless people tell me I owe it to those who may not have any experience with violence prevention & self-defence. Never accept any video at first...

Do Not Come Any Closer

Do Not Come Any Closer

"Do Not Come Any Closer!" Interesting video with several thoughts, but I wish I had more context.   Nowadays, we often see people in public places shooting videos. I am curious if you think the man shooting the video was there for legitimate reasons or if he...

Conflict Resolution Leader?

Conflict Resolution Leader?

Conflict Resolution Specialist or Future Gang Leader? 🤔 Look at the confidence this young man walks up to his two buddies with showing he might make an excellent conflict resolution leader with his circle of friends. Without hearing the words, I could argue with...

The Chaos & Mess of a Real Knife Attack

The Chaos & Mess of a Real Knife Attack

So much to unpack here, and I am sure I will miss a couple of things, but the feedback here will be very educational.  I teach Violence Prevention & Self Defence from a civilian aspect, not a security one, but a few things I notice and would love to get more...

Karma Came Quickly

Karma Came Quickly

Did the car come up a bit quickly? Maybe, but don't lose focus yourself. I find far too many people cross roads assuming the cars will always follow the rules like a stop at all red lights or stop signs. I prefer to assume they won't and keep my awareness of the...

When You Lack Situational Awareness

When You Lack Situational Awareness

Sometimes a lack of awareness is funny to watch, but often it can end tragically. Self Defence is not just about protecting yourself against a threat from an outside source, rather, sometimes, one is their own worst enemy. Self Defence BEGINS with the Self SAFE...

Chicken Wings Before Violence

Chicken Wings Before Violence

I love how this guy and the woman with him remain so calm and cool, never once showing any intention of "fighting back" over their valuables. Any sudden movement could have triggered a tragic reaction from the guy with the gun. My only suggestion is that the guy was...

Man vs Organutan

Man vs Organutan

https://youtu.be/uMNQHrAxGOo So You Find Yourself in a Conflict With An Orangutan! Some conflicts don't always involve humans vs. humans. Can we still learn anything? In this video, I discuss distance, telegraphing intention, and strength when a conflict goes...

Does This Solve Anything With Bullying?

Does This Solve Anything?  This video says this young man just got home before his bully could grab him. But, in the comments, one person says the boy ran to a friend's house, and it was his father who confronted the bully.  Does this scare the bully from...

She Handed Him a Gun?

She Handed Him a Gun?

She Handed Him What? Conflicts are often over minor, meaningless issues between two people just having a bad day. Does that mean they end harmlessly? No, too many conflicts result in injuries that are minor up to death. These two gentlemen appear to have zero...

Insane Drive By Purse Snatching

Insane Drive By Purse Snatching

https://youtu.be/vrOi2Fw8_us Insane Drive By Purse Snatching So quick, aggressive, and dangerous is the best way to describe this purse snatching. It is scary enough when the person is on their feet running, but with a motorized vehicle, it is more violent. Carrying...

Road Rager Hit Woman

Road Rager Hit Woman

https://youtu.be/ecBb8obI83Q Tragic Road Rage Story! Without knowing the details other than what is mentioned in the video, here are a few tips if you find yourself in a similar situation. 1) Be very careful taking pics of the car or the driver. Often the use of a...

Is to Blame The Biggest Tool in The Abuser’s Toolbox?

Is to Blame The Biggest Tool in The Abuser’s Toolbox?

Is to Blame The Biggest Tool in The Abuser's Toolbox? Over more than 25 years of teaching self-defence and violence prevention, I have sadly had far too many hard-to-hear discussions of abuse with both women and men. Unfortunately, the one common theme in every one of...

My Child Will Grab The Steering Wheel to Protect Me

My Child Will Grab The Steering Wheel to Protect Me

My Child Will Grab The Steering Wheel to Save Me! Imagine if your eight-year-old child told you, "Mom/Dad, if a deer suddenly cuts out in front of the car, don't worry. I will grab the steering wheel and guide us to safety, so we don't crash." Wouldn't you laugh and...

The Flinch Response in Self Defense

The Flinch Response in Self Defense

Excellent question, one of the SAFE Certified instructors asked me. which comes up in our certification programs. Some say you can weaponize your flinch response; some say you can't. Just a few quick thoughts, so I would love to hear yours. First, to flinch, you must...

The Question is Easy to Answer

The Question is Easy to Answer

The Answer to the Question at the Bottom is Easy! Do I learn more from hearing or one's sharing of hardships or success? It depends. If one shares success from the perspective of bragging about how they achieve x, y, or z, there may be some value. Still, over the...

I Am The Self Defence Expert, Do Not Question Me

I Am The Self Defence Expert, Do Not Question Me

I Am A Self Defence Expert! I Am Infallible & Unfailing!Cough Cough, BS! Rarely in my experience do you ever hear of self-defence instructors admitting to the students their screwups, mistakes, and errors in judgement while teaching self-defence. I mean, how can...

I Want To Teach Others How To Fight

I Want To Teach Others How To Fight

I want to become certified with SAFE International because I have been in many fights and can help others learn how to fight! Luckily, I have only heard that a few times over the past 28 years of teaching Violence Prevention & Self Defence. And the few times I...

I Don’t Care What You Can Do

I Don’t Care What You Can Do

I Don't Care What You Can Do. Of all the SAFE International Self Defence Certifications I have done over the past couple of decades, and the ones I am doing these days with people from the US, Italy, and Australia, one discussion always comes up. Let me explain first....

Bullets Entered Our Child’s Bedroom

Bullets Entered Our Child’s Bedroom

Family Self Defence BULLETS ENTERED OUR CHILD'S BEDROOM Over the past 28 years, we have taught countless families violence prevention & self-defence. Yet virtually every family told me they never considered learning self-defence. Here are three stories about why...

Build Your Child’s Confidence

Build Your Child’s Confidence

My grandchildren will probably never teach violence prevention & self-defence, but at a minimum, they will understand violence prevention & self-defence as they grow up. What I can do at this young age is to help build their confidence, which is one of the...

You Hit Like a ?

You Hit Like a ?

Hit Harder, You Hit Like a? If I had a dollar for each time I heard a self-defence instructor yelling or screaming at the students to hit harder, I would have a few bucks. Before people jump down my back, I understand that for most, the attempt is to motivate. Still,...

Teacher Blames Girls For Sexual Assault

Teacher Blames Girls For Sexual Assault

GREAT! So let's not discuss maybe the "male teachers" could control themselves enough to do their job and just blame the girls! I mean, how can you expect the adults to behave like adults? Over 28 years of teaching self-defence in high schools, I can say that well...

Bad Self Defence Advice

Bad Self Defence Advice

https://www.tiktok.com/@billsmafia990/video/7012660064813124870 Ok, I'm going to suggest a child kidnapping will warrant a high physical reaction. What the hell is this? SMASH the guy in the face mainly since his one arm is occupied and focused on the child!Proof that...

The Superman Punch is Not Super in Self Defence

The Superman Punch is Not Super in Self Defence

If your demo of self defence against a punch begins with the energy coming from 5 feet away and ends with you executing a "Superman Punch," you might want to use capes as part of your marketing campaign. SAFE International Self Defence & Violence...

Self Defence Drills at Full Speed & Power?

Self Defence Drills at Full Speed & Power?

Some self-defense instructors say the drills must be full speed, full power, no mercy, balls to the wall, and 100% intention to be practical. Some instructors lean towards easy, with virtually no intent, speed, or power, practicing a memorized technique 1000s of...

Self Defence is So Much More

Self Defence is So Much More

Daniel Guddat I wanted to share a story of inspiration when it appears your life could be over, and you have few people to turn to, and those you are supposed to trust, like the doctors, also let you down. Some of it is my words, and some from Daniel himself. This is...

She Still Won’t Take Accountability

She Still Won’t Take Accountability

Read carefully how a manipulator words things after being sentenced to 20 years in prison for her role in human trafficking with Jeffrey Epstein. Ghislaine Maxwell says she is sorry, NOT for what she did, but her partner did. "I am sorry for the pain that you...

15 Second SAFE Tip – Bank Machines

15 Second SAFE Tip – Bank Machines

15 Second SAFE Tip - Drive-Thru Bank Machines. - scan area as approaching. - park as close as possible to bank machine to prevent access between you and the car. - keep passenger door locked. DELIVERED IN 15.8 seconds so FAILED! www.safeinternational.biz

Tigers Endorse Conflict Resolution Training

Tigers Endorse Conflict Resolution Training

Tigers Endorse Rich & Roberts Conflict Resolution Training! NOT! But I bet if they had the ability, they might find it valuable since their conflicts usually begin at the worst possible stage...the Violent One! But you don't have to. Sadly, the area of violence...

Bad Guy Wealth Creation Plan

Bad Guy Wealth Creation Plan

"The Bad Guy's Guide to Wealth Creation!" If I were a "bad guy" in quick need of money, I would head to the local grocery or box store. Unfortunately, every time I go, I will see grocery carts with purses left open screaming at me to come over, look at its content,...

Do You Teach Your Kids, Never Answer the Door?

Do You Teach Your Kids, Never Answer the Door?

#teachyourkids "Do You Teach Your Kids to Never Answer the Door?" is a common question when I teach an in-home family safety and self-defence course.  In my experience, about 95% of parents tell me they have taught their children to keep the doors locked and not...

Communication Should Be Respectful

Communication Should Be Respectful

n any conflict, intimidation is an often-used strategy. For example, the conflict between strangers, whether personal or work-related, intimidation through body language and words may be an immediate reaction one uses, and, if successful, it might be their go-to method in most conflicts. The validity of using this method of conflict resolution is up for discussion.

Sticks & Stones May Hurt My Bones!

Sticks & Stones May Hurt My Bones!

I grew up in the era where I commonly heard, "Sticks & Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!" It makes sense on the surface and offers some excellent advice if the one saying it has the confidence to brush off words of insult or attempts to hurt...

What did one student attending The University of British Columbia say when he faced mounting accusations of harassment and sexual assault by at least six students? With the first woman who accused him, he said, "When somebody asks you to their room after a party, they...

Action Is Faster Than Your Reaction

Years ago, I was working with a private client who was quite confident that if they opened the door to a "bad guy," she could shut it quicker than the criminal could force their way in! Despite my attempts to convince her, I changed my direction. I said, "let's try it...

Prevent Danger Before It Happens

Prevent Danger Before It Happens

  You might look at this list and think it is far too simplistic, yet the most straightforward ideas offer the most life-saving advice with violence. So let's add a quick thought to each of these. Avoid Dangerous People & Places - you likely read this and think,...

Have We Prepared Our Children to Stay SAFE!

Have We Prepared Our Children to Stay SAFE!

As a man who is already proficient at teaching self-defence, he still has some lingering questions about his kids being prepared for life after high school. Has he trained them enough in safety skills? Have they listened to him over the years? Is there more he could...

Man Attempts Abduction

Man Attempts Abduction

The following story is from the mother & retired teacher who used to offer our SAFE International high school violence prevention and self-defence program to her students. When she and her daughter heard of our upcoming release of "The Parental SAFEGUARD Plan...To...

Violent Attack Survivor Wants To Help Others

Violent Attack Survivor Wants To Help Others

As we are preparing to launch our new online violence prevention course, "THE PARENTAL SAFEGUARD PLAN...To Achieving Peace of Mind!, I asked one of our SAFE International certified instructors to share her personal story in which she experienced and survived a...

How Could Social Etiquette Overrule Survival?

How Could Social Etiquette Overrule Survival?

In this SAFE International Blog, I am thrilled to introduce you to our latest SAFE 360 Certified Instructor, Sebin George, who resides in India. He has a passion for making people safer, particularly those deemed vulnerable and those who face additional challenges...

The Consequences of Revenge

The Consequences of Revenge

Want to see the emotion instantly rise in someone? Ask them the question, "What would you do if someone harmed one of your loved ones?" The answer I receive about 95% of the time is something like, "I would kill the person!" And often, they will ask me, "Wouldn't...

SAFE Reaction To Woman Surviving Terrifying Attack

SAFE Reaction To Woman Surviving Terrifying Attack

I thought it might be valuable to look at some original acts of violence each week and offer my reaction to educate people on how they might identify, avoid, or react to them if they are ever in a similar situation. Foremost I must point out that every situation is...

The Conflicts Covid Creates

The Conflicts Covid Creates

Stabbings, assaults, hot cups of coffee thrown at people, plus many other forms of violence are some rarely discussed side effects of the COVID-19 virus. People on both sides of the mask-wearing issue, who rarely experience or start a conflict, are confronting and...

6 Indicators of Parental Abuse

6 Indicators of Parental Abuse

SAFE International teaches approximately 8,000 high school teens self-defense and violence prevention each year. By the time children have reached their teenage years, many may have been abused for years. I thought it might be useful to share a few methods abusive...

Beautiful Knee Strikes in Self-Defense

Beautiful Knee Strikes in Self-Defense

SAFE International has taught self-defense and violence prevention to more than 200,000 high school students since 1994. We would love to have 20 hours to teach them, but the reality is we get four to five hours to impart the knowledge we feel most important. We cover...

How “Cappers” Attack Online

How “Cappers” Attack Online

I have never been very computer savvy, often struggling with technology. Still, over the years, I have worked on educating myself more, particularly in the area of online safety and how it applies to the most significant target market that SAFE International teaches,...

When a Knife Attack is Unstoppable

When a Knife Attack is Unstoppable

I wanted to offer up a video on one of the most important topics we cover during our Knife Defense Workshops. In our ongoing campaign to be completely honest about knife defense "techniques" that do not work, Richard Dimitri and yours truly show the range at which...

My Exclusive Interview With Violence

My Exclusive Interview With Violence

I am thrilled, but a bit nervous to announce I had the opportunity to interview an extraordinary guest, a once in a lifetime interview. This guest affects our daily lives. This guest can be your friend when your life is in danger or your worst enemy if this person has...

My Top 10 Self-Defense Observations

My Top 10 Self-Defense Observations

Last year, I ran a contest where I posted a picture of a confrontation between two men. I asked for people's thoughts on the positives and negatives of both parties in the image regarding self-defense. Meaning I wanted people to offer what each person was doing well...

The Rage We Feel For the Pedophile, But…

The Rage We Feel For the Pedophile, But…

Few topics bring forth more rage and anger than "Pedophilia."  Just say the word, and we all immediately want to, at a minimum, throw them in jail and let the other inmates have at them!  I just shared a video on Facebook of a father who confronts a convicted sex...

Do Some Criminals Want To Get Caught?

Do Some Criminals Want To Get Caught?

"Do Some Criminals Want to Get Caught?" I was researching criminals and whether or not on some level they want to get caught in their criminal career. At SAFE International, we teach that attackers generally do not want to get caught, so part of one's self-defense...

Legal Loophole That Gives Rapists Parental Rights

Legal Loophole That Gives Rapists Parental Rights

In August of 2020, I never imagined reading the headline, "Archaic law that grants rapists custody of children born from their crimes." I thought I was misreading it since it was late at night, and I was scrolling through YouTube clips of the show 60 Minutes...

High School Teacher Self-Defense Certification

High School Teacher Self-Defense Certification

SAFE International™ has taught more than 200,000 students since 1994. One of the self-defense programs we off is our "Self-Defense School Teacher Certification," which allows school teachers to become certified in our life-saving content to their students on an...

The Grooming Tactics of a Child Abuser

The Grooming Tactics of a Child Abuser

SAFE International is a mobile self-defense company that teaches thousands of high school students how to recognize, avoid, or deal with violence every year. Sadly, and far too often, students will seek one of our instructors out after class and share stories of abuse...

Big Mouth Angry Guy Conflict Analysis

Big Mouth Angry Guy Conflict Analysis

In this Instagram video, you see a confrontation with a Big Mouth Angry Guy. He goes against virtually every verbal de-escalation rule that we teach but does go to show that anything, as unstrategic as it is, does have a chance of working depending on your goals. Most...

What is the Number 1 Reason Bullying Programs Fail?

What is the Number 1 Reason Bullying Programs Fail?

Bullying Prevention, Anti-Bullying, or Stop Bullying! Whatever you call it, there are programs everywhere online and in the media these days! However, it seems to be getting worse rather than better. Why? What is the Number 1 Reason Bullying Programs Fail in the...