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Self Defense vs. Self Offense

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 16 February, 2010

The term Self Defense is actually a misnomer, what you really want is Self Offense. But it is 10 times harder to market self offense, everyone wants to hear self defense. It sounds nicer. To most people, offense is what the aggressive, black cowboy hat wearing bad guys do. Offense is what the street thugs with bad intentions do. No good person wants to be like the bad guys…

OK, so lets reverse the thinking for a minute. Do you want to chase or be chased? Think cheetah vs. antelope. The chaser always has the advantage, and the chased only has to be caught once. Then it is over. Dead antelope.

But what if the antelope decided that at the split second he was about to be chased – he would turn the tables and attack the cheetah? Sure the cheetah is stronger and faster, but what if the antelope forcefully and unexpectedly kicked the cheetah in the throat? Or gouged out his eyes? Hey, the cheetah started it. Or, less realistic for the antelope example, but when we revisit the human being scenario, what if the potentially chased person was armed with powerful pepper spray or a cell phone stun gun?

You want action to action, not reaction. As soon someone conveys their intent to harm you, BAM! It is on. Shift your gears to the offensive and make the creep sorry he made the mistake to mess with you. Be it with pepper spray, a TASER C2, a Stun Master stun gun or a flurry of martial arts strikes and kicks, let him have it.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Take Control of the Situation.

Action to Action, it won’t make you a bad guy, and it may save your life.

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Frank Cucci’s Unarmed Combat Course DVD

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 3 June, 2008

Unlike most people, Bridget hated quitting time. She wasn’t a
workaholic or anything, but ever since her company moved its
office to save on expenses, she dreaded the thought of the four-
block walk to the parking garage.

Winter made things worse. On top of feeling cold, Bridget
couldn’t stand to walk down the street in the dark. In the middle
of December, four in the afternoon may as well have been four in
the morning.

Adding insult to injury, her office manager had banned anything
that could be perceived as a weapon from the workplace. Bridget
couldn’t bring her pepper spray to work, nor could she invest in
a stun gun. Showing up at the office with anything she could use
to defend herself would get her fired.

When the New Year rolled around, Bridget vowed to get control of
things. She liked her job – and her paycheck – way too much to
just give it up. She thought about taking a martial arts course,
but that would eat up more time out of her day.

Surfing the web for ideas, she stumbled across one name again and

Frank Cucci.

Wondering why so many people were talking about Frank’s
revolutionary self-defense system, she discovered that he picked
up some amazing techniques after spending over a decade as a Navy
SEAL. Behind enemy lines, you can’t afford to use something that
doesn’t work – the first time.

Watching Frank’s video, she studied how he blended moves from
different disciplines. Nobody else would even think to mix up
Bruce Lee’s fighting moves with straight up roadhouse brawling.
It’s what works, Bridget realized, and she didn’t have to be a
star martial artist to make it work for her.

A few weeks later, Bridget’s co-workers complained about stuff
missing from their desks. She didn’t think too much about it
until she took the stairwell to the lunchroom – and stumbled into
an office thief!

All this time, she had worried about that awful walk to the
garage, when the real threat was right in her own building!

Bridget didn’t waste any time, since Frank’s visceral learning
style put all those key moves into “muscle memory.” Before he
could reach for a weapon, that thief found himself totally
subdued – by a five foot two inch tall office worker!

And for the first time in months, Bridget walked to her car
feeling totally confident in her surroundings.

Frank Cucci’s video can show you the exact moves
Bridget used to take her attacker by surprise and completely
disable him. She didn’t need any weapons, and neither will you.
Go to our Instructional Fighting DVD section
to see all of our Self Defense Videos.

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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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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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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Only Real Martial Arts Stop Rapists

Posted by Rob on Monday, 7 May, 2007

The following is an excellent article by Chris “Lt X” Pizzo.

“One of my favorite stories to tell is about the
time my brother-in-law’s girlfriend got her black belt in

She had her big flashy test…kicked the bag…sparred
other girls (and a couple of guys that looked like girls!)
with the foam booties and gloves on…did her kata with the
appropriate “snap” in her movements…very nice.

Now, I’m not a complete jerk, so I let her have her
moment. Congratulated her, hobnobbed with the karate
“master”, and ate a piece of the sheet cake with little
icing karate dudes on it….

That was until a couple of months later at a family
graduation party when she began to tell all the girls how
the type of “karate” she studies is great for fitness
(ok), fun (ok), and self defense (BZZZZZ!).

I had stood what I could, but I couldn’t stands it no

I walked right up into the middle of the gaggling girls,
singled her out and flat out asked her, “Tell me the
truth…If a 225 pound man attacked and tried to rape and
kill you, can you 100%, honestly say that you would know
what to do? Could you save your own life?”

There was a deathly quiet pause as every single girl in the
room visualized that horrible situation in their own minds.
Then came the same answer I’ve heard from every single
women martial artist I’ve ever met in my life who doesn’t
train with us… “Ummm…I guess not.”

Here in the United States there seems to be a government
agency looking into just about every consumer industry in an
effort to protect people from scammers, hucksters, and other
assorted con men or corporate swindle.

Unfortunately, for women who are looking for a martial arts
style that will provide them with a way to defend
themselves, there is no government agency licensing or even
looking into instructors or the proven effectiveness of the

Therefore there is an over abundance of inexperienced,
untrained, liars who claim they are teaching self-defense.
These frauds will often teach a style that sounds and
perhaps even looks good on the mat, but lacks any value in
real combat.

Moreover, dealing with criminal rapist scum is no time for
a woman to find out that her “training” was really just
cardio kickboxing in disguise… So share the following
information with a woman you care for. Examining the
profiles of rapists gives incite into a dangerous enemy.

The Power-assertive rapist considers himself manly and is
the one most likely to commit date rapes. This type makes
up 44% of rapists and will try to con a victim and gain her
trust, but will have no problem using whatever level of
physical force he needs to take control.

The Anger-retaliatory rapist hates women and will look to
brutalize and punish them. He looks for targets of
opportunity and will most likely beat you unconscious then
commit rape. This animal makes up 33% of rapists and is
easily enraged.

Power-reassurance rapists account for 21% of rapes and
often spies on or stalks his victims since he lacks the
confidence to have a normal relationship with women. In his
twisted fantasy, he sees himself and the victim as lovers,
and will force her to wear lingerie and kiss her while
seeing the attack as lovemaking. However, using violence is
not out of the question if it comes down to making a woman
give in to his demands.

The Anger-excitation is the worst of the lot. A sexual
sadist, this sick bastard only makes up 5% of all rapists.
He has his attacks preplanned and victims can be women he
knows or just spots haphazardly on the street. He derives
sexual pleasure from inflicting pain and will tie up, gag
and torture women for days on end. So vile is this creature
that he will even film or photograph his victims so he can
relive the attacks. He is the hardest to catch of the group
because he usually kills his victims when he’s through.

During an attack your mind will be racing and you won’t be
thinking clearing about what kind of rapist you are dealing
with and what approach to take, but what all experts agree
on is that a “properly trained” woman who fights back
early DOUBLES their chance of escape…AGAINST ANY SIZE OR

The Department of Justice reported that 93,934 women were
forcibly raped in 2005 (They’re still calculating
’06)…These numbers are completely unacceptable as women
can and should know how to defend themselves.

In Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, safety is listed
right after breathing and eating. Personal protection is
too important to be left to the police alone, or to depend
on others for help.

Teaching and learning a martial art is ok as it has plenty
of redeeming physical, cultural, social, & mental
benefits. However, what people (especially women) need to
understand, is that 99% of martial arts are NOT legitimate
methods of self-defense. ”

About the author: A former soldier, cancer survivor,
mercenary, barroom bouncer, educator, and hand-to-hand
combat instructor, Chris “Lt. X” Pizzo stormed onto the
scene in 2002 with the release of his much anticipated
“Accelerated Battlefield Combatives” hand-to-hand combat
learning system. For more information on Chris “Lt. X”
Pizzo and his incredible FREE Accelerated Battlefield
Combatives close-combat learning system, visit


Unless you are properly trained, and I mean truly properly
trained and confident that you are able defend yourself, do
not hesitate leveling the playing field with self defense products
such as pepper spray or a stun gun. Even with these items you
are not 100% safe, and you are even less so if you do not take
the time to practice using your device effectively.

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

Stay safe and be prepared!

Yours in Safety,

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