Self Defense for Women and Seniors


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How to Survive Random Gang Violence

Random Violence Survival Skills covers:
    •    Survival doesn’t mean Fighting!
    •    Awareness Skills
    •    People Skills
    •    Physical Skills for Evasion
    •    Physical Skills for Fighting
    •    Fighting when Surrounded
    •    Fighting on the Ground

A family member was mugged the other day...

A family member was mugged the other day and lost a considerable wad of cash.

He was in a new city, sharing an apartment with a stranger and had his first pay check. He decided to go out but didn’t want to leave his money in his unsecured room, (some of his roomie’s friends were unsavoury to say the least), so he took it with him.

Six Martial Arts Myths about Defending Against a Knife Attack

How to use this info: If you are interested in aquiring training in how to defeat a knife attack, take a look at the system you find and judge how it deals with these problems. There is a lot of stuff out there, some good, some bad. Don’t forget, you are betting your life on your choice…

Tai Chi Ends Lower Back Pain

This method will take about a month or so…and this is not just for boomers or old folks, but you young people who "don’t wanna talk about it!" too.

I had chronic back pain for more years than I can remember. It was there every morning when I woke up and faded as the day went on. I also had a patch of scar tissue that gave me an ache in the top of my buttock since 1996 when I went airborne off my front steps from clear ice. That’s an ouch.

Cane Fighting: what cane to buy for self defense with a cane

Boomers are getting older but though most feelcane_self_defence very in-control of their lives, some have just a wee bit of edginess about self defence. Therefore many are very interested in cane fighting and self defense with a cane.

Improvised Weapons: stabbing tools

An improvised weapon is something that is not designed to be used as a weapon but which can be so used to various degrees of success. There are many things you can hold in your hand to help create more impact or penetration into a criminal who is attacking you. Stabbers like pens and pencils are just one kind.

Self Defence and Canadian Law: The Need to Retreat

Does Canadian self defence law demand that we must retreat before we can legally use force likely to cause death in self defence?

Eye Strikes, CQC:

Eye strikes are a great way to buy time to either press your defence or to flee.

They are NOT the fight ender that some people advocate so you buy their video. They are just another tool to carry in your tool box.

Close Quarter Combat: CQC

Since I will be referring a lot to the close quarter combat system of W.E. Fairbairn and Rex Applegate, I decided to give an intro to these to great soldiers. Their lives and training are easily found on the net, so I won’t repeat it all here.

For details about these men and these wartime clips, click on the title or the "read more" button.

Street Proofing Teens

I have often been asked by concerned parents or grandparents, “What is the easiest thing I can teach my kids to keep them from being destroyed on the streets.” The answer is short and easy: teach them the one thing to never do and the two things to do.

101 ways to defend yourself without a gun: A Rebuttal

101 ways to defend yourself without a gun; by Johnny A. Jenkins. The full essay can be seen at

Now right from the git-go I want to say that I don’t know if he wrote the essay or if his friend Sarah wrote it, so I’m not being personal here but just taking a look at the tips presented.

The Ax Hand clip:

The ax hand or striking shuto is a very strong move. It can be used in many ways and I’ve shown a few. It performs well in combination with other techniques.

Granny fights the BulletMan!

During a class on cane defence for seniors, I got Joe, my BulletMan to give the class a rush. Here is one tough lady giving her all!

This was a Raising Canes class at Silver Threads. 






The Fighting Cane: armed, elegant and invisible!

senior face smash with combat caneYour hometown may be a peaceful and beautiful place to live and to raise children, but if you travel, whether for business or retirement pleasure, some destinations you reach are not so hospitable. A stout cane may be the only weapon allowed as a carry-on on every aircraft since 9-11. That is because it serves a legitimate purpose other than self defense though it is very useful for that purpose.

Lies to Bleed For...

This article considers the following for young adults out looking for fun in all the wrong places:

Myths Your Parents Told You
Street Myths
Dojo Myths

The Chin Jab clip

The chin jab is a very strong move. This short clip starts with a discussion of even small people can create a lot of power with proper body dynamics.


Done correctly with good timing, this technique can be a fight ender by itself but never, never, depend on that!


It also lends itself nicely to combinations with other techniques.

The Combat Slap:

Here is an introduction to the cup hand strike. Very good in combination; it is fast and can create openings for more serious follow-up.
For you seniors, you will be glad the girls in your youth did not know how to slap like this!  :)
And, for your viewing enjoyment, here is an expert doing a demo…Martin slaps Slavo.

The Knee Spike

The knee spike is a natural follow up to the chin jab or an ear cup (boxing the ears) used as an entry.

Why you should talk to a lawyer before talking to the police...

This article is about surviving the trauma of killing or seriously wounding an attacker that was trying to kill you or someone in your family, the social trauma that I call being shaken by the neck by a huge gorilla.

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DY 101 Books & Videos For Sale

DY 101 Books & Videos For Sale



Just as I hoped to do so long ago, I have made a new DVD about using the cane for self defence, a

different approach with new special effects.


I think you will like it. If you are not a senior citizen at this time, then buy my dvds for a favourite granpaw!!!!


Here are a few chapter titles:

  • Zoning
  • Side Stepping
  • Pre-Emtive Strikes
  • De-Escalation
  • Falling
  • and many more…

Raising Canes 1 Video

This 60 minute video describes our full beginner’s program of cane fighting and cane self defense including:

  • easy and safe warm ups
  • how to hit with power
  • the strikes with various parts of the cane
  • practical and realistic self defence
  • and much more

Canadian Law and Self Defence

Canadian Law & Self-Defence

You would never drive a car without a licence, or buy a rifle without learning the laws about owning and using it. Don’t get in a self defence situation without knowing your rights and responsibilities!

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