About David DiBella

Founder of Mindful Defense™, an effective system of self-defense for all skill levels regardless of age, gender or physical ability. David is a full-time martial arts and self-defense instructor at his studio, TMAFitness, in Overland Park, KS.

Protecting Yourself From Date Rape Drugs

An overwhelming majority of sexual assaults involve substances commonly known as date rape drugs. Alcohol is the most common date rape drug. You will not be able to defend against date rape drugs once the symptoms become apparent. Drink safely by focusing on prevention and remaining in close proximity to your friends. Here are some easy-to-implement practices that will allow you to stay safe when drinking in public.

By | 2017-02-02T14:34:40+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Self-Defense|0 Comments

Knees and Elbows for Self-Defense

Proximity to your attacker will dictate the hand-to-hand combatives you use to defend yourself. When your attacker is very close, punches and kicks may not be an option. Knees and elbows are excellent choices when it comes to delivering powerful blows when your attacker is very close. Here are some of advantages of using knees and elbows, targets and ways to strike effectively.

By | 2017-01-31T15:51:08+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Hand-to-Hand Combatives, Self-Defense|0 Comments

Projecting Power Through Verbal Control

If you exercise good situational awareness, you may be able to utilize verbal control to diffuse a situation before it turns physical. Verbal control is defined as using verbal communication in a forceful, definitive manner to influence a situation. Being forceful is more than physical action. A forceful presence also involves mindset, attitude and verbal communication.

By | 2017-01-24T20:50:59+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Hand-to-Hand Combatives, Self-Defense|0 Comments

The Role of Physical Fitness in Self-Defense

One of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a confrontation is often times physical fitness. Unfortunately, fitness is often neglected in self-defense training. A solid foundation of agility, balance, strength and endurance will be needed when in threatening situations. With a little planning and consistency, fitness can be a fun, routine part of your training regimen.

By | 2017-01-19T17:18:46+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Hand-to-Hand Combatives, Self-Defense|0 Comments

Offense Is Your Best Defense

Self-defense has a serious implication. The term implies that you are on the defense, reacting to someone's aggression towards you. By definition, you are at a disadvantage. It is always slower to react than to pro act. If you are reacting you are not in control. A well-planned offense is always better than a defense. Offense does not mean that you're attacking people at will. Rather, you are proactive in implementing a plan, diffusing situations and avoiding confrontations.

By | 2017-01-17T08:31:26+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Self-Defense|0 Comments

Be An Active Participant In Your Own Rescue

Self-defense is just that, taking care of yourself. You must plan for no help to be available and for your plans to fail when needed most. If you are serious about self-defense you must understand that you are the first responder. Police officers, medical personnel, and firefighters must be viewed as second responders. Understand that you must be an active participant in your own rescue.

By | 2017-01-10T08:49:10+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Self-Defense|1 Comment

Location Services: How They Threaten Your Safety

Social media has became a large part of our lives. Regardless of whether or not you have personal accounts, social media impacts your life. At a high level, location services collect data of where you've been. Location service can also calculate where you may go and when based on previous habits. Once data has been collected it's out of your control. New ways of analyzing existing data are being developed. What may seem harmless today may not be so tomorrow.

By | 2017-01-09T12:46:11+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Cyber Safety, Self-Defense|0 Comments

Self-Defense New Year’s Resolutions

As the new year approaches it is time to evaluate where we have been and where we want to go. It is time to get motivated, set some goals and enjoy the new beginning. Rarely, if ever, do we think of new year's resolutions in terms of self-defense. There are 5 specific self-defense related goals I want to achieve in 2017. By sharing them with you, I hope to motivate you to set some goals and make 2017 a safe year.

By | 2017-01-09T12:22:56+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Self-Defense|0 Comments

The Best Pepper Spray for Self-Defense

Spoiler alert. If I could have only one pepper spray it would be the Fox Labs flip top 2oz canister with a stream spray pattern. In a future blog, I will discuss pepper spray for self-defense in great detail. This article cuts to the chase and looks at the benefits of what is considered to be one of the best pepper spray units for self-defense.

By | 2017-01-09T12:21:02+00:00 December 29th, 2016|Gear Review, Non-Lethal Weapons, Self-Defense|1 Comment