Self-defense or private defense is a countermeasure that involves defending oneself, one's property or the well-being of another from harm.

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Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?

One common urban legend that tends to be passed around from time to time is something along the lines of the following: Black belts are considered lethal weapons by the law! Which might also be ...
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What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?

Many martial arts schools have outreach programs either open to the public or at local colleges, high schools, or youth programs that are of a limited duration (one day or a handful of sessions) and ...
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Best to learn for self defense: Wrestling, Boxing, or Jiu Jitsu

I did a season of folk wrestling in high school. This was about 5-6 years ago. I'm trying to diet and exercise properly to reach my low body fat goal. Also, I want to learn some basic self defense. ...
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What are good martial arts for aging bodies?

I'm not getting younger, and my weight will always be at least 200lbs. The martial art I'm studying is not kind to my joints. A particular problem is the flying kicks, one of which is featured in my ...
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How to defend yourself when you are outclassed?

I have no martial arts training. When I am facing someone who is 1 inch taller and 50 pounds heaver than me and has been doing martial arts for over 12 years how should I react. I cannot run away ...
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Which martial art would minimize hand injury?

I have been thinking about learning some martial arts for self defense. I'm a thin guy, which worries me a little bit whenever I'm alone late in the night - I'm an easy target. I understand that ...
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What is the strategic difference between Krav Maga and Systema?

What are the general tactics of Krav Maga as opposed to Systema? For instance, the tactics of Silat are to hurt the other person so badly they can't hurt back. Another example would be that the ...
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Is grabbing or manipulating the nose potentially an effective attack?

I was reading through the TV Tropes entry on Nose Nabbing. They have a few entries on grabbing the nose as an offensive maneuver. Of course, noses are good areas to provoke pain and tearing as anyone ...
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Martial Arts Weapons for Home Defense?

So the Ferguson situation has made me think a bit about how I might defend my home in the case of a home invasion. My wife isn't crazy about guns, and I don't have much experience with them, so I'm ...
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How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?

How do you prepare for a real stress situation, in which you are forced to defend yourself or others? I'm not talking about avoiding conflict; assume that you have already tried all that is possible ...
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Doing Miller's One-Step Drills

In Rory Miller's book Drills he talks about various "one-step" drills where you each get one movement at a time with a partner. This move can be either an attack or a defense, done slowly, and they ...
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It makes sense to develop explosive forward movement? [closed]

I was wondering if an explosive forward movement can help in self defense to counter-attack an opponent, or to simply reduce him before he surprises you with a weapon, or reduce him before he can even ...
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Are Peyton Quinn's books appropriate for a 19 year old or are they beyond my level?

I know I'm a beginner at martial arts. I heard someone say on another site that they wished that they had heard of Peyton Quinn when they were 20. I think his books sound very sophisticated. Would ...
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To punch with keys or without?

I know that some people while walking through the dark streets are holding house keys in their fist. It is meant to incerase damage inflicted on hypothetical agressor face. Something like improvised ...
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what is the real history and purpose of silat in a fight?

I'm sure you've all heard of Silat, an Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Cambodian sort of martial art. I hear it is very effective, almost like krav maga. It's supposed to be intense and when I look ...
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is Jun Chong TKD a legitimate TKD dojo for self defense?

I wanted to sign up for TKD, and I really like Jun Chong TKD. However, I heard by some that TKD isn't a realistic means of self defense because a lot of the places teaching are "mcdojos." I've heard ...
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Self-defense against chainsaw attack

Is there any "style" or self-defence that teaches techniques against chainsaw attack. E.g. if somebody attacks you like this video I don't now how to defend myself. Either I could run away or attack ...
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Is there some experts based resources on self defense techniques? [closed]

would you suggest some good expert based youtube channel or websites focused on basic self defense techniques?
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Risk of using headlocks in a real-life situation [closed]

I wonder whether we should always avoid using a headlock (even if we have a chance to use) in a real attack. The hands of the 'headlocked' person would be free to pull a knife, or any other weapon.
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Self defense with one hand tied behind back?

I'm completely new to martial arts. I would like to know if there are techniques that can be used in self-defense if you had one hand tied behind your back or in the case you lose your hand?
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Where can I find statistics on attack modalities?

I'm not sure that the terms I'm using are standard, or that I'm explaining them well. Comments and feedback are welcome. Let me try to explain my terms, explain my assumption and then ask a question. ...
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How do I keep a safe distance from potential threats without escalating the situation?

How do I maintain martial awareness of a person's movement and intent when that person is very physically close (conversation distance, or passing on the street) to me? The situation could be a guy ...
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How is a Kubotan used in self-defense?

Two weeks ago I participated in a seminar at my dojo where a so-called Kubotan or self-defense stick was introduced. I had never heard of that thing before. In two sessions, we got some background ...
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Learning not to turn your back on ground?

As a judoka, I've the bad habit of turning my back when ever I get in trouble in groundwork. In competition judo, you only get points for throwing your opponent, and landing stomach down doesn't ...
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Self-defense against a bigger charging opponent

What options do you have against a bigger opponent charging like a lineman? (not just punching or kicking, but using his body-weight to overthrow you).
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When should I run away?

What are the criteria I need to evaluate in order to conclude that I should run away? Sometimes the right answer is to walk away, sometimes it is to give them your wallet... When is it time to leg ...
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Which martial arts focus on self defense?

I'm trying to make sure I ask this question in a manner that doesn't make it subjective or argumentative. While all martial arts have merit, I believe those merits lie in various areas. Which ...
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Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers

I would like to know which (if any at all) contemporary system base their tactics in deciding who to attack first in order to create a escaping route. Scenario: Cornered in a place where 4 ...
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Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?

I have heard this sentiment a handful of times before, and most recently when I was reading "The truth about Violence" by Sam Harris. The gist is that real world violent attacks happen with ...
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What should I look for in order to develop self-defense skills as quickly as possible? [closed]

What should I look for in a school or training program that would indicate that I will develop self-defense skills very quickly? Does my body weight or height or any other physical characteristic ...
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How effective are foul techniques as a side control escape?

How effective are techniques such as biting, eye pokes, groin grabs et cetera as escapes from side control or other hold-downs? This would be in comparison to other escape methods like bridging, ...
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Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict

At a very fundamental level, Martial Arts teach the mitigation of conflict. Whether we're teaching the student to remain calm in an escalating environment, or we're teaching them to defend themselves ...
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Can someone learn Krav Maga moves without exacerbating injuries?

Would like to learn Krav Maga but have injuries that mean I would only be able to learn it in a limited fashion. I would want to learn it for self defense purposes after being accosted by a male in ...
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Conflict escalation management resources

I am looking for guidelines or sources of information regarding behavior patterns that prevent the escalation of conflict. It would be nice also to see some differentiation and analysis of conflict ...
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Choosing the right one for self-defense purpose? [closed]

I would like to choose a martial art for self-defense. I learned Karate when I was in middle school, but I don't think I'm good at punching or striking with power. I think I have great body ...
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What would you do to handle a road rage fist fight?

A video of a road rage fight shows two people, Mendez and Ramirez, who were arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The man who was beaten in the video was Jerry Patterson. In a ...
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What kind of damage can your hand get from holding the barrel of a fired gun when disarming it?

I have a background mostly in Krav Maga and ICS (Israeli Combat System), and one of the techniques taught for disarming a gun, involves grabbing the barrel of the gun and pushing it to the side before ...