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Safety and Lasagna – A Recipe for Success

Hi everybody.  I’m not sure which order is most accurate: I get hungry so I write about food metaphors or I write about food and then get hungry!  Well, whatever the order is, I’m writing about food (sort of) and I’m hungry, again! I find that the best way to teach, so that my students can remember the information, is to apply what I’m talking about to something that is already familiar.  Today I’m talking about how to REALLY live…

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The Problem with Women and Martial Arts

By Cranford Blackmon (WARNING: This is a long post, but it is VERY important. Grab a drink and start reading!) If you have taken our courses or read much of our website and blog, you know that our courses ARE NOT martial arts. Not that I have anything against martial arts. On the contrary, I think they are wonderful. But they’re not the most effective path for women learning to protect themselves against an attacker. Knowing this, it is always…

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Plants as Part of your Home Security Plan

By Cranford Blackmon One of the things we like to focus on in all of our programs is that safety and security doesn’t have to be complex or difficult. There are so many things you can do to make your home less of a target for bad guys.  We like to teach that the best way to make yourself and your home a “bad” target is by using layers of simple security. Using plants can add a few more layers…

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It’s Self PROTECTION, not Self Defense!

Which would you prefer: Fighting your way out of a situation using self-defense techniques/tools/weapons OR Avoiding that situation altogether? We believe in avoiding the situation altogether.  That is why we have dedicated so much of our information and programs to avoiding and escaping bad situations! When I think of all the tools Cranford has taught me, tools with which I can confidently protect myself by avoiding and escaping Bad Guys and bad situations, I am incredibly grateful for the Legs…

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Don’t get “jacked”

In the last few weeks as I have been telling people about our self protection courses I have heard time and time again about the number of carjackings that appear to be increasing in the Birmingham area over the last few weeks/months. As women tell me about these incidents, I see the fear in their eyes, I hear the helplessness in their voice, and I remember what it felt like to feel powerless against criminals. Because these violent acts are…

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