Reviews: Books & Videos

In this area I will post reviews of the best print and video media that I have found on the topics of self defence for seniors and self defence in general.

Periodically I will include reviews by qualified friends of mine and other trusted people, and I will include health related, diet and fitness reviews also. Hell, I just revised this to say that I’m gonna review anything that catches my eye that I think is interesting.

Also, I have received dvd’s in the mail to review. That is ok by me but I do not guarantee a favourable review nor a quick one.

 Please remember that if you are interested in any of these fine products, you click through to Amazon right from my review.

Why some of the pictures of the covers that Amazon sends electronically to me have failed, I don’t know. They say their computer shows the images nicely but other people have trouble and they do not provide friendly support, <sigh>.

If you have any lengthy questions or comments, use the comments section or the forums.

Total Awareness

For those who have not yet used a link to go to his site, Darren is an LEO with extensive combat training and teaching. He is also an extraordinary researcher, unwilling to accept statistics on their face value or “new” research without deeper personal investigation.

Total Awareness: A Woman’s Safety Book is almost a one stop shopping center for the topic of personal home and street safety.

Real Crimes, Real Criminals

Peyton writes about Real Crimes, Real Criminals:

RMCAT classes are reality based and to accomplish that we have interviewed convicts, killers and criminal assailants of most every kind. This video is a collection of some of those very interviews. In talking to violent, convicted felons we learn how they select their victims and very importantly why they will pass on a given individual as a potential victim if they spot certain behaviors in them.


Striking Techniques: DVD 2: RMCAT

Striking Techniques: DVD 2: from Peyton Quinn at RMCAT.

This short dvd is not a full compilation of all the strikes from a particular style of martial arts like you may be used to. It is a concise list of the foremost weapons in the RMCAT arsenal that they have proven to be most effective from their life experience and in their armored assailant courses.


Escapes and Fighting From the Ground: DVD 3: RMCAT


DVD 3: Escapes and Fighting From the Ground by Peyton Quinn.

There are two approaches that are common assumptions about self defence curriculum. One is the martial arts approach which has style based curriculum and an attitude that for every attack, there is a best-response technique which demands a dedicated defence.



HAPKIDO CANE: Big Stick Fighting from the Dojo to the Street by that force of nature, Alain Burrese.

Once again Alain has created a quality product out of the strongest interests of his life, self defence and Hapkido.

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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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