Archive for July, 2007

Harry Potter Mania?

Posted by Rob on Sunday, 22 July, 2007

Did you get your copy of Harry Potter Book 7 yet?
Personally, I could wait for the movie to come out, but my
wife and daughter had to have the book ASAP. It was made
available Friday at Midnight, or first thing in the morning
Saturday, depending on how hard core you were and what store
you wanted to wait in line several hours prior to opening.
5 AM to stand in line 3 hours? No Thanks.

When did we get our copy? About 3 PM, Saturday afternoon. No
lines, no waiting, off the huge 3/4 full pallet at the front
of Walmart. I didn’t have to dress up in robes or camp out
in the dark, but hey, if that is what you like to do… The
only problem I had was I had to buy a $20 hardcover, instead
of a $7 softcover which I guess won’t be out for awhile. I
was reminded by my wife that if it was something “I”
wanted, I wouldn’t have cared about the extra $13…
Touché, and off to the cash register we went.

Apparently there were others that did not fair as well as I
did. Many stores were faced with mad rushes as soon as the
doors opened, which caused more that a few upset and
agitated customers to push and scuffle. Then there was the
fight that broke out at the store in Malaysia that decided
to give out free copies to the first 13 customers in line.
Poor customer 14, you almost made it cleanly, but if you can
beat up the kid in front of you then you are all set? Give
me a break.

Pakistani police had to defuse two car bombs outside a
shopping mall, canceling the book launch’s festivities
there. Talk about blowing the issue out of proportion.

Just goes to show, even the most well intentioned gathering
of people can take a turn for the worse at any time.
Doesn’t always take pepper spray or a stun gun, but
typically a good dose of common sense and awareness of your
surroundings go a long way.

And if you are prepared and packing some self defense tools,
you will always have them ready if necessary.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob Cook

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Fake Out the Burglars and Beat Them at Their Own Game

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 21 July, 2007

Mike was at his sister Beth’s house helping her to put her
affairs back into order after her husband’s death. He was
photographing her valuables for insurance purposes, as Beth
had taken out a new policy. She wanted to keep her own
records and make sure everything was accounted for.

Mike finished up with the pictures and ready to head home,
but Beth asked him to wait. She had two more items to
photograph. Beth then pulled her wedding and engagement ring
from inside the flower pot that held her Easter Lilies —
the same pot that held Poinsettias last December. Mike
snickered at Beth and asked her about her unusual choice of
hiding places.

Beth generally kept the flower pot sitting on the kitchen
counter when it contained flowers, and on the top shelf next
to other empty pots when it didn’t. Mike told her that he
thought the flower pot safe was an odd place for her to keep
her most beloved possessions. But, there they sat, right out
in the open.

But Beth explained that the flower pot diversion safe was,
in fact, the safest place for her treasures. So safe, that
her rings had recently eluded a burglar and one of their
dishonest cousins. The burglar had found the silverware and
the cousin recently took a fair amount of cash out of
Beth’s wall safe. The rings were not touched. She asked
Mike, “Where would a burglar or a thief look first?” After
thinking about it for a moment, Mike had to admit that if he
were a burglar, he wouldn’t even think to look for any
valuables in a flower pot. He was pretty certain that a
burglar would go through drawers and closets, or break into
any obvious safe he or she came across.

When Mike drove home, he thought about the various reasons a
flower pot safe, or any diversion safe, would be useful. He
lived in a low crime area, but he had a lot of company and
so did his three teenage boys. You’d like to believe that
you can trust everyone, but the reality is that you simply

Once he arrived home, Mike ordered two flower pot safes and
a soda can safe
of his own.

Shouldn’t you?

It has been reported that a burglar spends an average of 8
minutes in the victims home. To put the odds in your favor,
why not simply hide your valuables in plain sight? The
Diversion Safes are a unique home-security product. We offer
a wide template of personal care, household products and
food containers with removable tops and bottoms. Valuables
can be discreetly stored inside these look-a-like containers
and kept in their seemingly rightful places.

The diversion safe soda cans won’t quench your thirst, but
will discourage a thief from finding your most cherished
treasures. Safely stash away anything you choose by twisting
open the top of the can to reveal the secret compartment.
Each is can is even indistinguishable from the genuine
product and is weighted to feel full.

The flower pot safes mentioned in the story of Mike and Beth
will keep jewelry, credit cards, money and important papers
out of sight while decorating with beautiful potted or
artificial plants. The water tray unscrews revealing the
secret compartment, specially designed to keep out dirt and
moisture. Makes an ideal gift! Container size approximately
16 ounces, perfect for a wide variety of valuables.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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Fight Like A Girl – Women’s Self Defense

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 19 July, 2007

I found a couple motivational pieces for women.
One is an anonymous poem and the other is a
quote from a butt-kicking woman who knows
what is up.

“I Fight Like A Girl”

“I fight like a girl who refuses to be a victim.
I fight like a girl who is tired of being

I fight like a girl who’s sick
of not being taken seriously.
I fight like a girl who’s been pushed too far.
I fight like a girl who OFFERS and

I fight like a girl who has a lifetime of
pent up in her girly body.

I fight like a girl who doesn’t believe in
I fight like a girl who knows that
THIS BODY and THIS MIND are mine.

I fight like a girl who knows that


I fight like a girl who will never allow you
to take more than I offer.
I fight like a girl who FIGHTS BACK.

So next time you think you can distract yourself
from your insecurities by victimizing a girl,

She may be ME and


-Author anonymous

Originally posted by Victorian Lace

“I learned very early on…. NEVER RELY ON MY WEAPONS.
NEVER. Rely instead on all my senses, listen to my
gut-feelings, and NEVER place myself in a situation where I
might become a victim. That way, the weapons I do have at
hand will be a bonus when all my sensors go off.
This is not
to say I have traipsed scott-free through life… I have had
a few scuffles, and without fail, every time, I can look
back and see where I DIDN’T PAY ATTENTION.”

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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What Does Mowing the Lawn Have to do With Home Safety?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 18 July, 2007

I just got back from vacation at the beach. It was way too nice, and way too short, but I am back nonetheless. Even though the water is freezing up in Maine, the beach is the beach and a good time was had by all.

I almost had to tattle on myself for breaking an important home safety tip while on vacation. My lawn really needed to be mowed, but conveniently, every chance I would have had to get it done, something came up. Mostly rain, as the weather was pretty wet the whole week prior to leaving, but there were a few times I probably could have squeezed it in but I didn’t. The day before leaving was pretty nice all day, but I had a bunch of running around to do to get the last minute errands done.

When everything was packed and ready to go for the next morning, I did attempt to mow the lawn, at seemingly the last possible chance I would get. I went to the garage to
grab the gas can, and it was empty. At that point I vaguely remembered that yes, I did use the last of the gas the last time I mowed… So back in the car, and off to the gas
station… again. I previously went to the gas station earlier that day, filling up the car for the trip up north.

I had every intention of getting the lawn mowed that night, but I swear to God, as soon as I got to the gas station, literally minutes from the house, the sky just opened up and
it poured the rest of the night. And I mean poured, almost like it had been saving up, and hadn’t rained in weeks. Except it had, just about everyday for the past two weeks with only a few exceptions.

Funny thing about all this rain, the grass loves it. Well, I mean the weeds. If I didn’t have weeds, I wouldn’t really have a yard to mow. Don’t think the thought hadn’t crossed
my mind about taking care of the weeds, and effectively taking care of having to mow, but the green weed field just barely beat out a dirt lot.

So, the morning comes, and I want to be on the road by 10 am. I debated on leaving the lawn until I came back from vacation, but it REALLY needed to be cut. If it was all grass, roughly the same height, I might have gotten away with it, but weeds of varying heights, some quite tall, some not so much, it looked really bad. So instead of having to tattle on myself, I was out there at 8 am, mowing the lawn. We left for vacation at 10:15… not too bad, and with a clear conscience.

An empty house is a tempting target for a burglar. One of the times your home is most vulnerable is when it is left empty for an extended period of time. Darkened windows, mail
or newspapers collecting and closed windows in hotter weather all advertise your absence to a potential burglar. If you still have any trips planned this summer, use this checklist of tips to help safeguard your home while you’re away.

- Have good locks on all doors and windows and USE THEM! Consider purchasing some home alarms or surveillance.

- Ask a neighbor to watch the house while you’re away. It’s a good idea to leave your vacation address and telephone number with a neighbor so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

- Never leave your house key hidden outside your home.

- Stop all deliveries, or arrange for a neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers and packages.

- Arrange for someone to mow your lawn, rake leaves and maintain the yard to give the home a lived-in look. Plants slowly dying due to lack of water may announce your absence.

- Plug in timers to turn lights, a radio or television on and off at appropriate times. This helps to disguise the fact that you are away.

- Don’t announce your absence on answering machine messages.

- Leave your blinds, shades and curtains in a normal position. Don’t close them unless that is what you do when you are home.

- Close and lock garage doors and windows. Ask a neighbor to occasionally park in your driveway. If you leave your car at home, park it as you normally would. Vehicles parked outside should be moved occasionally to appear that they are being used.

- Tell your local police you plan to be away. Patrol officers may have the opportunity to periodically check your home.

- Engrave your valuables. This simple step will allow your stolen property to be identified and returned to you if recovered by the police.

For some more travel safety tips and home protection product ideas, go to:

Have a safe and fun Summer, what is left of it.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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Upcoming Promotion

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 11 July, 2007

I just found out this week that I will be going up for my
next karate belt during next month’s scheduled promotions.
Unfortunately I have my work cut out for me over the next
several weeks. It’s not that I am nervous of the actual
test, I have been taking martial arts on and off since I was
14, but I guess the word test puts a different perspective
on it.

This will be my first new belt in almost 2 years, since I
just recently made it back on the mat because of a pretty
significant back injury. Besides that, the past few months
have also be extremely hectic and busy, preventing me from
practicing as much as I should have been.

Time to buckle down and bang out these techniques into
second nature again. Luckily most of the moves are like
riding a bike. Once you learn them, as long as you keep
practicing they tend to stay with you. Besides, If you have
ever taken martial arts, when it is time to perform, you go
into an ‘auto-pilot’ mode, no longer thinking, just doing.

Of course, in the karate studio, you have a sense of
familiarity and safety. You pretty much know what is coming,
or at least the general idea. But that doesn’t mean
training and preparation will not follow you on the the
street. You train in the safety of the dojo, so you are
ready, or at least more ready if something happens for real.
If you practice defending against a punch to the face 1000
times, you stand a much better chance defending that 1 punch
on the street.

Same general idea with your self defense product arsenal.
Buy it, practice using it, carry it with you at all times.
Luckily it does not take you several years to master the
effective use of a stun gun or pepper spray like it would to
get your black belt in martial arts. These self defense
tools are designed for the average citizen to gain a
tactical advantage on the street, where they might otherwise
be easily victimized.

If you have any questions on any of the products on my
website, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail or browse my
tips on my site or blog. Don’t feel afraid of utilizing a
tool to help you defend yourself. A stun gun is essentially
a fork or screwdriver, which is an essential tool for
preforming a specific task. This task in particular is
defending yourself or a loved one if the situation requires

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you,
but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could
be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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View on Women’s Self Defense Classes

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 10 July, 2007

I found a couple real good posts on a Self Defense Forum
that were far Worth sharing.

First one comes from a poster named Kharnivore:

“I worry more about the false-sense of security that any
short seminar can give to a casual attendee. I think that no
matter what the material, how good the trainer, without a
refresher course regularly people slide back into old

Two anecdotes (if I can remember them correctly):-

A well-known self-defense instructor finished a talk to a
crowd, and was approached by middle-aged woman. She quickly
told him that she was a hardened city dweller and that’s
she’d survived three attacks, that she was already very
knowledgeable about self defense but she’d still enjoyed
his talk. The chap nodded politely but inwardly thought:
‘attacked three times? And you didn’t learn from your
mistakes the first or second time? Uh-oh, get ready for
number four.’

The other story is again after a talk, another woman
approaches a different instructor, thanking him for his
training, saying that she now feels far more confident when
she takes shortcuts late at night through the park or down a
back-street. He shoots back quickly that if she’d
understood his training, then she wouldn’t do either of
those things.

(it so happens that in both cases the person was female, but
I don’t think that is indicative of anything. I think both
sexes are equally stupid)”

The next gem comes from Seth Thomas:

“Well, I tried to get my female training partner to
register and post to this forum, but she prefers to stay off
the internet. It’s a real loss for this forum because of
her background. Her profession places her face-to-face with
some of the most violent offenders that victimize women. She
prosecutes them and puts them in prison, however, the system
being what it is… they get back out onto the street. Faced
with both veiled and overt threats, she takes her SD
training rather seriously.

Detailing cases of assault and rape allows insight into how
these vermin work. And, What it takes to deal with them.

A large amount of her training involves handguns, but much
of the day her handgun is locked away from her. So it’s
unarmed, or low key armed, much of the time.

In unarmed practice, she wants a training partner that is
intense, strong, and intimidating. Besides the obvious that
this is the high-probability attacker(s), there are
advantages in this training profile. First and foremost is
that her mental and emotional elements get mixed into the
training. Fear, panic, shock, frustration,… anger,
rage,… get mixed into the physical defense techniques.

(She warned me to state here that this is advanced training,
a woman should build to this level. But it’s a important
level to achieve)

Her insight is simply this: The techniques of eye gouges,
chin jabs, elbows smashes, etc… are simple — performing
them while under paralyzing shock, fear, and panic is a
different matter entirely. The only way to survive in this
realm is to place oneself into that ‘zone’ and gain
familiarity with those conditions. She states that driving a
pen into scumbag’s eye or ear requires cultivating and
embracing a ugly level of brutality. She has to work toward
that ugly mental place. It won’t simply ‘be there’ when
she needs it.

The way to that place is by facing big, fear inducing,
smelly brutes. When she gets dumped, and she does get
dumped, she doesn’t quit until she’s clear.

There’s a part of her that hates having to find the
ugliness within her… there’s another that knows without
the ugly, vicious, rageful — her survival chances are nil.

She thinks ‘no males’ training classes are a sad joke.
Something about… never prosecuting a violent female

I have seen many instances of this personally. Some
people just don’t get it, and don’t believe there is a real
world out there full of bad things and bad people. I have
have several women training partners that are ‘just going
through the motions’ or women attending a training
session that probably “feel much safer taking the shortcuts
late at night” now. It is often said that the martial arts are
90% mental, 10% physical. Without the proper mental
state or understanding, that 60 minute self defense lesson
did more harm than good.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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Why Non-Lethal Self Defense Tools?

Posted by Rob on Monday, 9 July, 2007

There are a lot of different types of people out there in
the world. Some people can mindlessly kill people. Some
people injure others without remorse. Some people are able
to injure others or defend themselves if provoked. Some
people are so timid they would not be able to hurt a fly.
Then there are the people in between. Where do you think you
fit in? Where do you actually fit?

Now we are talking nature and demeanor. Nature is your inner
personality, which actually would show under stress. Your
demeanor is your outward appearance or mannerism, which may
hide your true self, if only temporarily. Sometimes nature
and demeanor are almost identical, but most often they are
rather different.

Take Tom Street Thug. He is tough and mean on the outside.
He preys on the weak and intimidates others. What happens
when someone stands up to him and resists? Does he back
down? Perhaps. What about Easy Going Joe? Mild mannered,
polite and friendly. Get in his face and threaten his
family. Does he rise to the occasion and display another
tougher side? Let’s not even get to Bill the serial
killer/rapist yet…

Now back to non-lethal self defense. Who do you think is
more likely to carry and use a gun, Joe or Tom? How about a
knife? There is nothing wrong with defending yourself with a
firearm or a knife, but the average Joe may not be
comfortable carrying or using a gun, even in self defense.
What about a stun gun or pepper spray? That might be much
more attractive to Joe. Easier on the conscience, effective
in an unfortunate situation, and easy to use.

Not everyone has the time to devote to martial arts classes
for years to become a black belt. Not everyone has it in
them to learn how to use a firearm and muster the inner
strength to use it. But the few minutes it takes to learn
how to properly use a stun gun or pepper spray could very
well save your life. Or the life of a loved one. Simple
decision really.

Does this mean you become Superman and take on a street gang
with your Stun Master? Of course not. There might be the
time that tossing your wallet to the right as you run to the
left is sufficient. It is just money right? But what is the
situation is more serious. Add the safety of your wife and
children. You are often faced with the decision of who will
actually become the victim, yourself or the attacker – even
if you don’t realize it.

Choose your weapon of choice beforehand. Pepper Spray? Stun
? Taser? Steel Baton? Personal Alarm? Just pick
something. Tom and Bill already did. Whether it is
intimidation, a pipe or his fist, Tom and Bill already did.
Now what did Tom or Bill pick to target? Your wallet? Your
car? Your well being? Your wife or kids?

If you think it can’t happen to you, I truly hope it
doesn’t. But, if you are uncertain grab a local newspaper.
Flip on the local or US news on TV. Surf the internet news
sites. It won’t take too much convincing. Pack whatever you
feel comfortable with, just pack something. If the situation
warrants it, you will be glad you did.

Don’t be afraid of the word weapon. In reality it is a self
defense tool, used when necessary, used when the job
calls for it.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob Cook

P.S. Do you work in the city? Have a daughter going away to
college this fall? Wish you felt safer jogging in the early
morning? Don’t forget your FREE PEPPER SPRAY offer.
Just visit
now. You will be glad you did.

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Anything Can Be Used as a Weapon

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 7 July, 2007

Anything can be used as a weapon in a pinch. This goes back
to always being aware of your surroundings, paying attention
to both people and objects in the immediate vicinity. We
are not talking about being paranoid, but like I’ve said
before, a little healthy and controlled paranoia keeps you
out of the hospital or worse.

A good illustration of this is a story I heard awhile back
from a self defense product supplier.

Basically this woman, we will call her Julie, was preparing
dinner for herself, her husband and some visiting guests.
The guests were due in from the airport and her husband left
to go pick them up, which would have given her just enough
time to have dinner finished when they arrived at the house.

While preparing the meal, including a paprika-crusted
chicken main course, Julie realized she was out of paprika.
Only a few minutes from the store, Julie quickly finished up
some prep work, left the potatoes cooking in the oven and
ran out the door for her 10 minute round trip to the grocery
store. She made it to the store, grabbed her missing spice
and hurried to the checkout.

As she was leaving the store, she glanced at her watch as
she walked to he car and noticed she was making perfect
time. She drove home and pulled into her driveway in about
10 minutes. While pulling into the driveway, she noticed she
left her garage door wide open in her rush to leave.

The thought quickly crossed Julie’s mind that it was a good
thing her husband wasn’t around, he hates it when she
leaves the garage door open, even for a little while.
Unbeknownst to her, the open garage door invited some creep
to take a closer look at the garage’s contents. When the
headlights entered the driveway, the creep ducked behind
some boxes without Julie seeing him.

As Julie entered the garage, the creep jumped out and
charged towards her, knocking her into the wall. The impact
caused her to drop her purse and grocery bag, but she was
ok. Coincidentally, Julie did have a canister of pepper
, but it was inconveniently stored at the bottom of
her purse, now on the ground.

Conveniently, the shelf next to her, which she was lucky not
to slam into moments before, contained a wide variety of
aerosol cans of spray paint, bug spray and other household

Julie quickly grabbed the first can she could reach, which
happened to be an uncapped can of foaming wasp killer with a
20 foot reach. She didn’t need quite that distance as the
attacker was only a few feet away, but you would have
thought he was a wasp the way he collapsed to the ground and
screamed in pain.

With the assailant disabled, Julie quickly entered her house
locked the door and called the police. Her husband and
dinner guests arrived just as the police were driving away
with the apprehended creep. Dinner was only a few minutes

So why do you need to buy pepper spray or a stun gun if you
can use anything as a weapon? Well, have you ever heard the
expression “Always have the right tool for the job”?

How many times have you used the handle of a screwdriver or
the head of a wrench to put a small nail in the wall? For
hanging a picture frame in a pinch, sure. But what about if
you are building a shed or a deck? What about replacing the
roof on the house? How fast would you fire the roofer
tacking your shingles with roofing nails and a crescent

If you get into the habit of always carrying your pepper
or stun gun, you can count on it being available and
ready to use when you need it, as long as it is not buried
at the bottom of your purse or zipped in the inside pocket
of your jacket. Don’t assume that some makeshift weapon
will appear out of thin air when you need it, but in a pinch
you need to use what is available to you, at that second.

Yell for help, poke or rake their eyes with your fingers or
keys. Grab a handful of dirt, mud or rocks. Throw your bag
of groceries. Do whatever necessary to buy yourself the few
extra seconds necessary to get away or subdue your attacker.
Personally I’d rather have pepper spray or a stun gun. A
tool designed for that type of situation.

now to take control of the situation before it gets out of
hand. Most of the time, attackers don’t expect you to
fight back, and when you do, you significantly increase the
chance they they will give up or become unsuccessful in
committing the crime to the extent possible.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob Cook

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Who Invited the Fox to the Cookout?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 4 July, 2007

Today’s story comes from Kingstown, NC this past Sunday
afternoon. About seven kids were outside in the front yard
playing during a family cookout. All of the sudden, an
unwanted guest shows up, without a dish to add to the
potluck. An aggressive fox.

Remaining calm, the hero of the day grabbed the fox by the
neck and pinned it to the ground, protecting the six other
children. Causing quite the ruckus, the adults were alerted,
and the 5-year-old fox stomper’s step dad limped his way to
the rescue. Wearing a cast due to a broken leg, the boy’s
stepfather, armed with a crutch ended up beating the fox to
death, as it was unyielding to attempts to scare it off.

At a hefty 61 pounds, but still only 5 years old, he had the
fox by the neck and was pushing it into the ground until
help arrived. Rather impressive to say the least.

Later found to be rabid, the boy did have to undergo the
wonderful series of Rabies treatments, as he was nipped in
the leg during the scuffle. “I wanted to protect my little
brother,” said the boy who only requested a band-aid for
his injury.

The boy “was really calm and wasn’t upset,” his mother
said. “I couldn’t believe he would do something like that.
He was so brave, and I was a wreck.”

“I definitely wouldn’t advise anyone else to react the way
the young boy did, because of the dangers,” a local heath
official said. “But that shows a lot of heart, and it’s a
good thing he reacted that way and helped those other

All encounters with wild animals need to be handled with
extreme caution. Foxes, much like dogs can usually be
deterred with a good dose of dog mace or an electronic
canine repeller
if reasonable avoidance tactics do not

Of course when an aggressive wild animal is approaching,
especially when your children are involved, avoidance is too
late. It is almost to the point that no matter where you
live, displaced wild animals are no longer a rare or unheard
of encounter. For the most part, you know if you live in
bear country, and probably wolf country too. But other
animals such as foxes, coyotes, skunks, fishercats and
various other wild animals can be lurking around in most
suburban areas. If you are living in the middle of the city,
wild animals may be less of a concern, but then you are a
candidate for other self defense weapons for the other kind
of wild animals…degenerate humans.

Take the time to evaluate what possible scenario can happen
to you in your own backyard. You alone know what types of
wildlife are common, whether canine, feline or human, and
you need to make sure you have the tools and knowledge
readily available to you when you need it. There won’t
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Only in Sweden… Badminton Self Defense?

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 3 July, 2007

I really wish I had more details on this one…

“A man at a campground in Sweden successfully used a
badminton racket to fend off an attacker with a knife.”

Ok, that sounds rather foo foo to me. I would have expected
a story like this maybe out of France.

Police reported the attacker wielded a fishing fillet knife
and apparently lunged at the Badminton Ace early Sunday.

Luckily, no one was reported injured in the incident and no
shuttlecocks were harmed.

The unknown attacker reportedly fled the scene immediately
after the altercation. No doubt highly embarrassed by being
bested by a badminton racket…

After reading this story, I felt compelled to do a quick
internet search on badminton terms to try to determine what
kind of technique might have been used. Yes, I had to look
them up, I did not know these before hand…

The report did not specify, but the following are what
sounded like the best bet of what must have been used to
defend against this less-than-lethal knife attack.

Attacking clear: An offensive stroke hit deep into the
opponent’s court.

Flick: A quick wrist-and-forearm rotation used to surprise
an opponent by changing an apparently soft shot into a
faster passing shot.

Kill: Fast downward shot that cannot be returned.

: A hard-hit overhead shot that forces the shuttlecock
sharply downwards into the opponent’s court.

Wood shot: A legal shot in which the shuttle hits the frame
of the racket.

Ok, enough of this Swedish nonsense, back in the US, I
would highly suggest something with a little more oomph.
I’d take a trusty stun gun or pepper spray any day of the
week over a backyard BBQ toy. Maybe lawn darts…

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you,
but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could
be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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