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Self-Defense, Security, and Martial Arts Blog

Science of Fear and How to Overcome It in Dangerous Situations

Fear is a natural human emotion that can be triggered by a variety of factors, including real or perceived threats. When we feel fear, our ...
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Serial Killer Profile: Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer ...
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Austin Firefighter Stabbed While Putting Out Fire

On May 29, 2023, a firefighter was stabbed in the thigh while responding to a fire in Austin, Texas. The suspect, Kelly Ingroum, was arrested ...
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Why I Love Pepper Gel, and You Should Too

Pepper spray gel is a type of self-defense spray that is made with a thicker, more concentrated formula than traditional pepper spray. This makes it ...
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Self-Defense is Not Just Reading Safety Tips

One of the most common categories of self-defense articles revolves around providing “safety tips and tricks” for individuals to protect themselves in potentially dangerous situations. ...
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How Loud are Things in Decibels (dB)?

The decibel (dB) is a unit of measurement for sound intensity. It is a logarithmic scale, so a 10-dB increase in sound level is a ...
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Dogs for Home Protection and Security

Throughout history, canines have played a critical role in safeguarding our homes. Dogs by nature are inclined to be protective which makes them an exceptional ...
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Staying Safe and Secure at Your Next Airbnb

Airbnb is a popular platform for travelers to find and book short-term accommodations around the world. While Airbnb can be a great way to save ...
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25 Reasons to Always Carry an EDC Knife

An everyday carry (EDC) knife is a versatile tool that can be used for many different tasks. It is a small, lightweight, and easy-to-carry item ...
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New Millennium Serial Killers You May Not Have Heard of

While it may be comforting to think that the “Golden Age of Serial Killers” is long gone, but the reality is that numerous murderers are ...
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Neighborhood Self-Defense Training Warning

I recently read an article about a neighborhood that was fed up with the rising crime rates. The residents were tired of being victims, and ...
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Pepper Spray Market Explodes Driven by Rising Crime Rates

Pepper Spray Market Size to Surpass $60 Million by 2028 The pepper spray market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) ...
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Belief That You are Worth Defending

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that emphasizes grappling and ground fighting techniques for effective self-defense. Unlike many traditional martial arts, BJJ practitioners are ...
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Hitchhiking, Uber and Lyft Safety

Hitchhiking is still a thing, but it is much less common than it was in the past. There are a few reasons for this: Despite ...
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Serial Killer Profile: The Zodiac Killer (Identified?)

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The killer sent ...
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The Effects of Pepper Spray on a Person

Pepper spray is a self-defense weapon that contains an inflammatory compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin is found in chili peppers and is what gives them their ...
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Man Arrested: Breaking In and Groping Co-eds Asleep in Dorms

A suspect has been arrested after breaking into two dorm rooms at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and groping sleeping women. The suspect, identified as ...
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Serial Killer Profile: Ted Bundy

Theodore Robert Bundy, also known as Ted Bundy, was an American serial killer who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and girls during the ...
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Man Allegedly Swings Python to Attack Victim in Toronto

In a bizarre incident that left the public stunned, a man in Toronto reportedly brandished a live python before swinging it at another man on ...
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Michigan Boy Saves Sister From Abduction With Slingshot

A 13-year-old boy in Michigan is being hailed as a hero after he saved his younger sister from an attempted abduction using a slingshot. The ...
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“The man who runs away may fight again.”

Does anyone remember that awesome TV show Deadliest Warrior? I used to love that show, it ran 3 seasons from 2009-2011. The show pitted warriors ...
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Principles of the Law of Self-Defense

The law of self-defense is a legal doctrine that allows a person to use force to protect themselves from harm. The specific laws vary from ...
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Bear Attack in Italy Kills Jogger

A 26-year-old jogger was killed by a bear in the Italian Alps on April 5, 2023. Andrea Papi was out for a run in the ...
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Serial Killer Profile: Ed Kemper

Edmund Emil Kemper III (born December 18, 1948) is an American serial killer who murdered ten people, including his mother and her best friend.  Kemper ...
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Reasons for a Sub-Second Draw

A sub-second draw usually refers to carrying a firearm, but the concept is sound for pepper spray, a stun gun, or any other self-defense weapon ...
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Serial Killer Profile: Dennis Rader

Dennis Rader, also known as BTK (Bind Torture Kill), was an American serial killer who murdered ten people in Wichita and Park City, Kansas, between ...
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TN High School Student Pepper Sprays Teacher

A Tennessee high school student was arrested after pepper spraying a teacher on May 5, 2023. The incident occurred at the Antioch High School in ...
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You Don’t Need to be a Black Belt to Defend Yourself

I know, I know, BlackBeltDefender.com – But you don’t need to be a black belt to defend yourself. It also certainly doesn’t hurt though. In ...
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The Effects of a Stun Gun on a Person

The specific effects of a stun gun at various lengths of applications vary depending on the voltage of the stun gun, the body mass of ...
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The Truth about Violence and Crime

Violence is a complex issue with many causes. It can be caused by poverty, inequality, lack of education, mental illness, substance abuse, and other factors. ...
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Serial Killer Profile: David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz, also known as Son of Sam, was an American serial killer who murdered six people and wounded seven others in New York City ...
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Pocket Knives for EDC and Self-Defense

Pocket Knives for EDC An EDC knife, or Every Day Carry knife, is a knife that is small enough to be carried on your person. ...
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Meeting Online Friends in Person

Meeting people in person that you met online can be a fun and exciting way to make new friends and connections. 25 years ago I ...
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Serial Killer Profile: Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper was an unidentified Victorian-era serial killer who was active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London ...
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Serial Killers Series

Serial killers fascinate and terrify people for many reasons. Some people are drawn to the mystery of their crimes, while others are interested in the ...
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Tactical Pens for Self-Defense and Everyday Carry (EDC)

A tactical pen, also known as a self-defense pen, is a pen that is designed to be used as a weapon. They are typically made ...
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Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Be Aware of Your Surroundings. This statement is often used in self-defense tips, but situational awareness is rarely explained fully. Situational awareness is one of ...
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Safety and Self-Defense at the Gym

Going to the gym is a great way to stay healthy and fit, but it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and take steps ...
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Brief History of Self-Defense Weapons

Humans have been using weapons for self-defense since the dawn of time. The earliest weapons were simple objects, such as rocks, sticks, and bones. As ...
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