About David DiBella

Founder of Mindful Defenseā„¢, 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.

Cold Weather: How It Affects Your Self-Defense

This morning I awoke to sub-zero temperatures. Cold weather is most often associated with being uncomfortable. Cold weather has serious implications regarding your self-defense that need to be mitigated. Your must test your self-defense plans and actions in all environments you will face.

By | 2016-12-20T06:44:45+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Self-Defense|0 Comments

Self-Defense: Training Never Ends

Self-defense training is a journey that never ends. Learning is constant as we live in a dynamic world with new and adapting threats. One of the biggest assets one can have is an open mind. Very few things are constant or absolute. Expose yourself to a variety of training. Here are some areas of training and resources to consider.

By | 2016-12-01T07:31:36+00:00 December 1st, 2016|Self-Defense|0 Comments

The Grey Man Concept: Going Unnoticed

When in public places, such as transitional spaces, it's best to go unnoticed. The less attention you draw, the better. A "grey man" is a person who goes unnoticed by blending in with the environment and not stimulating others. Learning how to "go grey" will help keep you out of criminals' cross hairs. Here are four things you need to know to stay under the radar.

By | 2016-12-12T21:04:06+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Self-Defense|0 Comments

Pinch Your Way Out of a Dangerous Situation

The most basic, easy to execute self-defense techniques are usually the most effective. When faced with stress, danger and fear our bodies operate in a diminished capacity. It is important to keep this in mind when practicing self-defense techniques that must be applied in a variety of circumstances. The more simple a technique is to execute, the better. Pinching is a self-defense technique that can be used against attackers regardless of your age, gender or physical ability. Pinching is by no means a way to "finish" an attacker or cause serious injury. Rather it is a way to inflict pain, cause a flinch reaction and create an avenue of escape.

By | 2016-12-27T15:05:42+00:00 November 24th, 2016|Hand-to-Hand Combatives, Self-Defense|0 Comments

Car Keys as a Self-Defense Weapon

People like to share, tell stories and discuss what they do in order to protect themselves. One of the most common things people share is how they hold their keys as weapons while going to and from their car. Keys can be an effective weapon when used correctly. The "brass knuckles" method seems to be the most popular way of using keys as a weapon. This article will look at the downfalls of this method and discuss better alternative, the "pinch" method.

By | 2016-12-27T07:18:15+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Non-Lethal Weapons, Self-Defense|1 Comment

Never Let Your Guard Down

Staying vigilant is a key component of self-defense. We cannot predict the time, place or nature of crimes. It is easy to become complacent and let our guard down. Do not justify complacency by saying things such as "I am only running a quick errand", or "It's daytime, nothing will happen." Keep in mind that often times criminals can hit or or miss. We cannot. Here's 5 things to always keep on your mind to help you stay on guard.

By | 2016-11-18T08:38:15+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Self-Defense|0 Comments

Transitional Spaces: Unavoidable Danger Zones

Transitional spaces are uncontrolled spaces we must pass through when going from one place to another. A transitional space could be a parking lot, a shopping mall, a gas station or bad part of town. Transitional spaces cannot be avoided and usually present a increased level of risk. Being aware of the increased dangers and how to avoid them can help keep you safe in transitional spaces.

By | 2016-11-16T14:16:00+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Self-Defense|1 Comment