Thursday, September 29, 2005

ANATOMY OF SELF DEFENSE DVD SHOOT put on hold. The film shoot which was ready to begin filming was postponed due to a mysterious illness affecting TACT Self Defense founder & head instructor Norm Bettencourt. The illness which is affecting motor skills to his legs causing difficultly in walking is unknown at this time. Specialists awaiting results of tests to determine the course of action.

Monday, September 26, 2005

TACT Self Defense began organizing & structuring a film shoot for an instructional combat DVD planned to begin filming in early September 2005. The title of the DVD "ANATOMY OF SELF DEFENSE" will focus on tactical combat techniques that require no athletic skills & can be performed by anyone regardless of there strength & size. The DVD will not be edited so viewers can see & get a sense of how these simple techniques can be performed if your standing, on the ground or if your attacker attacks you from a different angle, the same technique will still apply with the same outcome. Techniques will all be shot in real enviroments such as streets/alleys, parking lots & bedrooms with no studio scenes so the viewer can also get the sense of how to use there enviroment as improvised weapons.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

This article was emailed to me, we definitely need more of these people in our justice system.

TO THOSE OF YOU NOT FAMILIAR WITH JOE ARPAIOHE IS THE MARICOPA ARIZONA COUNTY SHERIFFAND HE KEEPS GETTING ELECTED OVER AND OVER.THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY:Sheriff Joe Arpaio (in Arizona) who created the "tent city jail":He has jail meals down to 40 cents a serving and charges the inmates forthem.He stopped smoking and porno magazines in the jails. Took away theirweights. Cut off all but "G" movies.He started chain gangs so the inmates could do free work on county andcity projects.Then he started chain gangs for women so he wouldn't get sued fordiscrimination.He took away cable TV until he found out there was a federal court orderthat required cable TV for jails. So he hooked up the cable TV againonly let in the Disney channel and the weather channel.When asked why the weather channel he replied, so they will know how hotit's gonna be while they are working on my chain gangs.He cut off coffee since it has zero nutritional value.When the inmates complained, he told them, "This isn't the Ritz/Carlton.If you don't like it, don't come back."He bought Newt Gingrich' lecture series on videotape that he pipes intothe jails.When asked by a reporter if he had any lecture series by a Democrat, hereplied that a democratic lecture series might explain why a lot of theinmates were in his jails in the first place.More on the Arizona Sheriff:With temperatures being even hotter than usual in Phoenix (116 degreesjust set a new record), the Associated Press reports: About 2,000inmates living in a barbed-wire-surrounded tent encampment at theMaricopa County Jail have been given permission to strip down to theirgovernment-issued pink boxer shorts.On Wednesday, hundreds of men wearing boxers were either curled up ontheir bunk beds or chatted in the tents, which reached 138 degreesinside the week before.Many were also swathed in wet, pink towels as sweat collected on theirchests and dripped down to their pink socks."It feels like we are in a furnace," said James Zanzot, an inmate whohaslived in the tents for 1 1/2 years. "It's inhumane."Joe Arpaio, the tough-guy sheriff who created the tent city and long agostarted making his prisoners wear pink, and eat bologna sandwiches, isnot one bit sympathetic He said Wednesday that he told all of theinmates: "It's 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tentstoo, and they have to wear full battle gear, but they didn't commit anycrimes, so shut your damned mouths!"Way to go, Sheriff! Maybe if all prisons were like this one there wouldbe a lot less crime and/or repeat offenders. Criminals should bepunished for their crimes - not live in luxury until it's time for theirparole, only to go out and commit another crime so they can get back into live on taxpayers money and enjoy things taxpayers can't afford tohave for themselves.Sheriff Joe was just reelected Sheriff in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Friday, September 23, 2005


On May 15th the official online launch of A former thug who converted his life with the help of the martial arts and became a certified Self-Defense Instructor and also is a Bouncer/Bodyguard founded TACT Self Defense. TACT teaches realistic self-defense unlike other self-defense programs that offer techniques that only work in specific situations. TACT Self Defense focuses on a few proven principles based on leverage, momentum and physics that work in any violent situation anytime, anywhere on anyone regardless of a persons size or the attackers size or if a person is standing, flat on there stomach or on there back.
TACT Self-Defense offers training that few self-defense programs specialize in. Programs include Pain Tolerance Conditioning, Tactical Awareness Training and Self Defense Training in Verbal/Spatial Skills. Along side with nutritional information for extreme fighters and supplies self defense weapons and gear to civilians.
Sensei Norm Bettencourt began studying the martial arts two decades ago styles ranging from Karate, Thai Boxing, Ju jutsu and different combat arts from the military. He will be the first person to tell you that 95% of martial arts and self-defense programs do not work in the real world. TACT Self Defense’s system incorporates only a few tactical targeting techniques that are straightforward, decisive and extremely effective. "It’s amazing what is being taught out there in self defense schools, joint locks, cross legged arm bars which require you to go on the ground. I have seen self defense instructors teach students to kick to the head or grapple with an attacker, step here, turn this way, twist his wrist that way. Bottom line to many movements to remember, which are to complicated to work for ANYONE in a high stress situation of a violent street attack".
You are being lied to, ripped off of your hard-earned money and given a false sense of security. What is being taught is to complicated to even work for a seasoned martial artist. It’s like going to cooking school and your instructor has never cooked or even turned on an oven before, how is he supposed to know how to make the meal, let alone teach you. Unfortunately people who have trained in these self-defense programs learn in horror after being assaulted the hard truth. Most self-defense instructors also do not understand the effects of adrenaline and how it affects the mind, or motor skill performance. Top it off most instructors have not even been in a violent street confrontation so how would they know what to do?
Many systems use joint locks and pressure points that require years of training to properly execute. Some techniques even when applied properly to someone who has an unusual amount of joint flexibility or high pain tolerance such as someone high on drugs will not work. A lot of self defense techniques also have to be altered to work if environments change such as being in a small space or if there is snow on the ground causing slippery conditions. Think someone is going to remember all that while they are being attacked. I don’t think so.
Tired of the ignorance, misguided information and seeing people getting hurt. Sensei Bettencourt decided to take matters into his own hands and educate the public himself on what really works on the streets, how attacks happen and how to not target yourself for assaults and crime. "The best parachute folder's are those who jump themselves" perfect slogan for a man who once was a thug turned self-defense instructor.


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Norm Bettencourt is the Creator/President of Tactical Self Defense which specializes in personal protection tactics against modern day threats of violence. For more information visit