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.

Pinch Your Way Out of a Dangerous Situation

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.

Car Keys as a Self-Defense Weapon

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.

Importance of Mindfulness in Self-Defense

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.

Transitional Spaces: Unavoidable Danger Zones

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.

Crime Triangle’s Relationship to Self-Defense

Crime Triangle’s Relationship to Self-Defense

Understanding the crime triangle is fundamental in developing an effective strategy for self-defense. Three things must be present for a crime to occur: desire, ability and opportunity. If any one of these is removed from the triangle a crime cannot take place.

Obviously we cannot control criminals. There will always be those with the desire and ability to carry out crimes. What we can control is the opportunity. With a little knowledge, we can make ourselves hardened targets and take the opportunity away from criminals.

Securing Your Vehicle

Securing Your Vehicle

Securing your vehicle should be an integral part of your self-defense. Often times we don’t think about vehicle security until we experience the inconvenience and expense of having a vehicle broken into. Not only do vehicle break-ins cost time and money but they can also compromise the safety of you and your loved ones. Something as simple as leaving your ID and a garage door opener in your car while going for a jog at the park can give a stranger complete access to your home and family.

5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Defense

5 Ways to Improve Your Self-Defense

It is easy to become complacent, especially when it comes to self-defense. Remaining vigilant at all times is an acquired skill. Often times we fall into a routine. We lose site of the fact that our environments are dynamic and danger can present itself anytime, anywhere. With a little practice and a few small changes in our habits, we can greatly increase our self-defense capabilities.

Here’s 5 simple things you can do today to improve your self-defense.

Self-Defense Flashlights

Self-Defense Flashlights

Very few people think of a flashlight as a self-defense tool. In reality a quality, high-output flashlight is a powerful personal protection tool.Taking away an assailant’s reaction time allows you an avenue of escape. Self-defense flashlights allow you to temporarily blind and disorient an attacker and gain control of the situation. The blinding light allows you to discreetly draw weapons, orient your body and keep your hands out of the sight of an attacker. Flashlight are powerful impact weapons and can be used to deliver devastating strikes.

Self-Defense for Realtors

Real Estate Agents: Self-Defense for Realtors

Self-defense for realtors is a growing concern as the number of attacks on agents has been increasing yearly. Real estate agents face dangerous situations on a routine basis. Agents are often inside vacant properties with strangers. Realtors do not have to “accept” the risks as part of the job. Realtors can learn to defend themselves with easy-to-implement practices. Self-defense for realtors doesn’t have to be complex or hard to implement. Often times the most effective self-defense for realtors is simple changes in day-to-day habits. Here’s some things to consider as you develop your own personal protection plan.

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