Street Self Defense
Fight To Survive

By: Ashtad | February 21, 2016

Anyone who has trained in some kind of effective combat method that focuses on violence and self-protection has heard the sentence “Be A Hard Target.” or something close to it. What exactly does that mean? Well, when it’s said that be a ‘hard target‘, it doesn’t mean that you must look all tough and big and strong and mean and have an iron body. Nope. It just means that to a predator who is scouting for a prey, you must look like someone who will put up a really good fight making it harder for the predator to get what it wants. It doesn’t matter if you’re big and mean looking, if an experienced predator sees that you won’t put up a fight or that you don’t know how to, the predator will capitalize on that. There have been many instances w...

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By: Ashtad | January 29, 2016

Violence is a complicated subject, with many aspects such as; -Physical -Psychological -Environmental -Consequential -Moral -Legal   There are different types of violence.   There is however a difference between a fight and violence. The difference being that two individuals in a fight willingly want to hurt each other, but in violence, it’s predator vs. prey. One inflicts harm to another in order to get what they want. The other just wants to survive.   Today, I’m not just going to write about violence though, no, today, I will also write about fights (as the article topic today applies to both). Fights happen when things aren’t resolved verbally, aren’t deescalated and as a result they get to a point where things become physical. Tw...

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By: Ashtad | January 29, 2016

We all lose our ways sometimes, what matters is that we find our way back to continue our journey.   It all started today, as I started conducting a class, the most amazing, yet, disturbing thing happened. It was a real wake-up call for me. As an instructor I have always followed one simple saying, “You teach what you can do”. Unfortunately, today I failed to follow that saying. I didn’t think his day would come, I might’ve known it subconsciously, but I never paid much attention to it and that was my mistake, because it did arrive and I failed myself, but like I said, it was a wake-up call for me.   The titles of instructor/teacher/coach, etc mean something. Individuals with this title have a responsibility towards whom they impart kno...

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By: Ashtad | January 17, 2016

I get asked questions like the one in the title quite frequently. My reply usually is just a one word question, “Why?” I either get a blank stare in return or something like, “What do you mean “why?” Usually most just assume that someone will randomly try to kick them in their face without any reason or initiation and they want me to give them some magical technique that will toss their “kicking assassin/s” in mid air and send them to kingdom come.   Well, maybe in a comic book that would be possible because I’d be a super cool super powered anti-hero that kicks ass and takes numbers left and right. But alas, this is reality in which I’m but a mere 5ft 10 inch - 166 lbs homo-sapien. All I can do is be realistic and form a solution that wi...

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By: Ashtad | January 01, 2016

When it comes to defining violence, most usually define it as occurring between skin color, religion, nationality, gender, etc. Now while those may be the causes and excuses of violence in our society, on a fundamental level, the violence occurs between predator and prey and that‘s how it‘s defined. A predator dominating it’s prey. That, on a fundamental level is the nature of violence.   When it comes to violence, there is no race, religion, gender, etc. There is just predator and prey. Those who use violence as a tool and those who become a victim of it.   Now why am I writing all this? Well, I was reading an article today about sexual assaults and in it, all the blame was directed at men and boys and how “every male is a potential ra...

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