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, Overland Park Karate, in Overland Park, KS.

Everyday Carry for Self-Defense

Everyday Carry for Self-Defense: 4 Necessities

People are constantly asking about the best everyday carry for self-defense. They are confused by the plethora of self-defense devices being marketed such as tasers, stun guns, lipstick knives and the list goes on and on. The reality of the matter is this. When it comes to non-lethal options for self-defense, there are four essentials that no one should be without.

Tactical Flashlights

Tactical Flashlight: A Self-Defense Necessity

A purpose-built, “tactical” flashlight is one of the most important tools you can carry for self-defense. A flashlight can be used to safely illuminate dark areas from a distance, as an impact weapon, and to identify targets before using force. When acquiring a flashlight, it’s important to understand how it will be used, as the use dictates the requirements.

Self-Defense: Three Things to Prioritize

Self-Defense: Three Things to Prioritize

Self-defense can be overwhelming. There are many aspects, lots of information (good and bad), and often times confusion around what works and what doesn’t. This alone makes it hard to know where to begin in regard to training and making self-defense habitual. Here are three things you can do right now to improve your safety.

The Truth About Weapons for Self-Defense

The Truth About Weapons for Self-Defense

There is an endless supply of self-defense products on the market claiming to stop attackers in their tracks. Companies and individuals promoting these products are pretty good at spreading misinformation and inflating the effectiveness of these devices. Below are the most common self-defense weapons and some of the pros and cons of each.

Personalizing Your Self-Defense Plan: 5 Things to Consider

Personalizing Your Self-Defense Plan: 5 Things to Consider

There’s no question, most people are eager to learn self-defense. They will read self-defense blogs, watch a few YouTube videos, and perhaps take some training. However, all too often the planning stops there. What you need to do is adapt your self-defense skill set to your personal life and circumstances. As long as there is a disconnect between your training and your circumstances, you will not get the maximum benefit from your training.

Emergency “SoS” Features on Your Mobile Devices

Emergency “SoS” Features on Your Mobile Devices

Calling for help can be a challenge. There are no shortage of “panic button’ type devices that you can buy, most of which require a monthly subscription. With the press of a button, these devices can call 911 and text a message and your location to a list of contacts. If you already …

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The Truth About Self-Defense: It’s a Lifestyle

The Truth About Self-Defense: It’s a Lifestyle

Almost without exception, when I get an inquiry about self-defense training it is from people wanting to learn physical techniques that will allow them to escape from someone who is bigger, stronger, faster and determined to harm them. The reality of the matter is this. The overwhelming majority of problems can be avoided through good decision making, situational awareness and by making self-defense a lifestyle. If you make yourself an easy target and do not foresee and avoid trouble before it becomes a physical altercation, your chances of prevailing unharmed greatly diminish.

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