Archive for the ‘Self-Defense’ Category

Here is a Special Post from Master Jim’s THINK Like a BLACK BELT blog on how best to help your children cope with the school shootings in Connecticut today…



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Watch this video from FOX News and listen carefully to what the law enforcement officer is saying…

Child predators are clever and often subtle. We make it our business to understand their tactics and techniques. We teach your children how to avoid this situation and what to do if they find themselves in it. Here are some of the important tactics your child will learn at the Black Belt Mindset Institute at Northern Chi Martial Arts Center:

  • Do not talk with adult you don’t know without your parents present
  • Do not go anywhere with anyone you don’t know
  • Nobody has the right to put their hands on you…NOBODY
  • If someone strange is trying to get you to do anything, go find help

Once a child is grabbed by an adult attacker, that child is at an extreme disadvantage. We teach awareness and avoidance first. It’s irresponsible to teach that a child can defeat a much larger assailant; on the other hand we teach simple, intuitive fighting responses that can greatly improve a child’s chances of surviving and escaping an assault.

  • We teach them to kick, punch, bite and scratch an attacker
  • We teach them how to yell for help
  • We teach them where to run for help

We don’t teach children that they should “Never talk to strangers.” Why don’t we? Every new friend they will ever have starts out as a stranger. We don’t want to make kids paranoid, we want to make them aware. Instead, we teach them never to talk to strangers without their parents. We teach them that no adult has the right to approach a young person alone.

Nobody wants to thing about a child being abducted or assaulted. However, ignoring the potential does not make the threat go away. It’s our business to think about that possibility and to give your children the information and training that will give them the best chance of survival should the worst ever happen.

Don’t let your children go out into the world alone…until you bring them to us!

Download your FREE “Stranger Do’s and Don’ts” poster here!

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At the Black Belt Mindset Institute at Northern Chi Martial Arts Center, we have a realistic approach to children’s self-defense. They may think they can outfight an adult assailant; after all, that’s what they see on TV.

We teach kids that an adult has an overwhelming advantage in a violent attack. We teach them three simple rules:

  • Run!
  • If you can’t run…punch, kick, bite and…
  • SCREAM!!!

A 40 to 80 pound child cannot outfight an average adult. However, if they’re trained to stay alert, they’re much less likely to get into trouble. If they know some basic fighting tactics, they make the attackers job a lot more difficult, will attract attention and may even discourage the attack altogether. If they train to scream and yell for help, they become the attacker’s worst nightmare.

Guess which tactic saved the life of these two children in Philadelphia…

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It works for the Scouts, and it works for the average citizen. You are your first line of self-defense, as this 63 year-old man demonstrates in Florida…

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Portland Press Herald headline: Maine crime sees greatest jump since 1975

The biggest spike in crime in more than 35 years- and many of you thought it couldn’t happen here!

From the article by Kelly Bouchard:

Public Safety Commissioner John Morris said every crime category went up last year, except a slight decrease in robberies, according to a news release.
“Drugs are the main reason for the increase as addicts commit crimes to feed their habits,” Morris said. “Prescription drug abuse is responsible for much of the state’s drug problem. Although Maine continues to be one of the safest states in the country, the crime numbers are troubling.”

Troubling to say the least.

A criminal drug addict is a very focused individual. He is obsessed with one thing and one thing only- the next fix. If you just left the ATM with newly minted 20 dollar bills, or your medicine cabinet is stocked with Oxcycontin from your back surgery you are a likely target of violent crime. You are either in the way of or the source of the junky’s next high.

Both aggravated assaults and simple assaults increased in 2011. Aggravated assaults, which involve serious injury and usually a weapon, increased by 16.3 percent (884 cases in 2011 vs. 760 cases in 2010). Simple assaults increased by 15.3 percent (12,200 cases reported in 2011 vs. 10,581 simple assaults for 2010).

This is a significant increase. It’s time to pay attention. What can you do about it?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In personal defense, this means learning the signs of an impending attack and becoming aware of habits that make you a likely target. Avoiding an attack is vastly preferable to a physical encounter, particularly with a singularly motivated and possibly psychotic drug addict.

Do you:

  • Walk around with your cell phone glued to your head?
  • Wear earphones while walking or jogging?
  • Look down when walking?
  • Park in dimly lit or unlighted spaces?
  • Leave your doors and windows open at home?
  • Use open-air ATM machines?
  • Count your money in public?
  • Post your illnesses or injuries on Facebook?
  • Post your vacations on Facebook?
  • Tag yourself out of the house on Twitter and Foursquare?

Any of these habits can make you an attractive target. In our two-hour intensive we cover what you should and should not be doing to avoid a potential threat. We teach you how to recognize impending danger and how best to avoid physical confrontation. We teach intuitive, practical and easy-to-learn tactics in case you exhaust all options and have to fight.

Of course many people in Maine live in rural areas and feel that “it just can’t happen to them.” Crime is up in the country as well as in town…

Crime in the rural areas increased 3.5 percent in 2011, while crime in the cities and towns increased by 6 percent.

We don’t want you to be paranoid. We want you to be AWARE. While anyone can be a target of violent crime, it’s much easier to avoid an assault than to have to fight your way out of it.

Spaces EXTREMELY limited to provide full attention to all participants…Click here to register TODAY!

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By Jim Bouchard

From TakePart.com…

“A Florida high school student made a stand against bullying and is now in the hot seat with school officials. For months, 18-year-old Stormy Rich witnessed a girl with special needs being bullied by her peers on the way to school. “They would be mean to her, tell her she couldn’t sit on certain spots on the bus…just because she doesn’t understand doesn’t mean that should be happening to her,” Rich told WOFL-TV.”

Hero, or just another round of bullying? Was she right to stand up and stop the abuse, or do you believe that two wrongs don’t make a right?

I say Stormy is a hero. She acted with moral and physical courage to stand up for that other student. Since when is telling someone who is perpetrating an act of agression to stand down considered bullying as well?

The world in this school district has definitely shifted off-access. More from the TakePart.com article:

“Rich says she reported the incidents to the bus driver and school officials. When they didn’t take action, she stepped in and confronted the bullies; but instead of being praised for her efforts, Rich ended up being labeled as a bully, and her bus-riding privileges were revoked. A spokesperson for the school district said, “Two wrongs don’t make a right” and that the girl with special needs never complained about being bullied.”

Even if Stormy was forceful and aggressive in her own right, responding to an act of violence with aggression is not an act of violence. Since bullying involves a disparity of power, there is no way that Stormy, acting alone against several other students, could be considered to be abusing a disparity of power and therefore she cannot be considered a bully.

As for the school’s assertions that the special needs child never complained about the bullying, that is simply the worst justification for their actions imaginable. Granted- it’s difficult to handle abuse when none is reported by the target. However, it is all too typical in these scenarios that the target will not report the incident or speak out against the perpetrators. The target may feel that doing so simply makes the situation worse, particularly when no action is taken against the bullies. She may also have feared retribution from her tormentors.

No matter- Stormy reported the incidents…several of them. The school chose inaction; she chose action.

It is not right to stand by and watch others abused and bullied at school, in the workplace or in the community. It’s not always appropriate to intervene physically, and it’s not generally your obligation to do so. At the very least you should report the incident. I just did a post on the THINK Like a BLACK BELT blog contrasting an act of courage in the recent Seattle coffee shop shooting with an act of brazen cowardice as a man recorded video of an assault on a Philadelphia police officer. He recorded his video on a phone he should have been using to dial 9-1-1. (Read the post “Courage vs. Cowardice” here.)

Too many people sit on the sidelines instead of confronting aggression, bullying and abuse. Too many parents train their kids not to get involved.

Stormy Rich is a hero.

Read the entire post by Jennie Inglee on TakePart.com here…

What do you think? Was Stormy a hero or did she just add to the cycle of bullying? Add your comments…

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The troubling rise in campus violence and crime continues. Are you sending your children to college this fall? Send them prepared.

Most college assaults can be avoided. AWARE focuses on reducing the likelihood of an attack by being in tune with one’s environment and learning to recognize danger before a physical encounter is unavoidable.

This is NOT a martial arts class and it’s NOT your typical self-defense class. AWARE is an intuitive response approach to personal safety that emphasizes avoidance rather than engagement. Should you be unable to avoid a physical assault, you’ll learn practical, natural physical techniques that work…whether you’re a trained martial artist or not.

While this session will emphasize the transition to college or an urban environment, this seminar is also perfect for business professionals and travelers who want to be safe away from home.

Follow this link to register. Save $25 on early registrations: Enter the discount code: EARLY 25

For more information call 721-0299…

Save $25…Enter discount code: EARLY 25 when you register NOW!

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Very interesting report on what you can do to keep your kids out of trouble on the internet…


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Elderly sisters, aged 94 and 93, fight off armed carjacker in New Jersey | Fox News http://fxn.ws/IWRCK1

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For years I’ve been telling my martial arts students that I only know two indisputable facts about fighting:

When two people fight…

1) Someone is going to get hurt

2) Probably both people

That’s it – everything else is up in the air.

According to FOX News: “Blunt force trauma to the head killed Joanna Ramos, who collapsed at home after a fight on Friday in Long Beach, coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral says Monday.” (Full story here)


What really killed Miss Ramos was petulant jealousy over a boy. Accomplices in her death include some young boys who held back friends of both girls who were trying to break up the fight.

Today the word “homicide” is being tossed around. Should the other young girl involved in this fight be charged with murder? Are the bystanders accomplices? How much responsibility does the school have – should they have prevented the tragedy?

READ THE REST OF THIS POST AT ThinkLikeaBlackBelt.org…

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