Monday, October 29, 2007


Body language says more than your vocal skills does. Take an example of someone telling you that that are going to kick your head in and at the same time they are backing away while saying this. What does this tell you? It says that the loud mouth in front of you is all talk and no action. If he was to say this and at the same time walk into your personnel space then the odds of him attacking you is greater due to his body language matching what he is saying.

Now lets take an example of you waking up one night hearing someone in your apartment stealing something. You grab a pipe that you use as a protective weapon walk up to the man in your apartment and tell him to go or you will use the pipe on him. He moves in and grabs the pipe and uses it on you. Now ask yourself why this happened? Its because he knew you didn't mean business cause you stood there with pipe in hand as an intimidation tool instead of a weapon, because he knew how to read your body language and knew you weren't going to use it on him.

Here is what you should of done, grab the pipe automatically strike the man in your apartment then start telling him to leave. The weapon talks first then your mouth not the other way around. For the intruder will know you then mean business and your mindset is in the right place and the weapon will not be used against yourself. Remember the weapon talks first then your mouth second or your intentions will not be true.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


In my self defense classes I teach certain self defense techniques but make sure that my students understand one key element about what they are doing and that is, never focus on execution of your techniques but to focus on hitting your targets. There are only a handful of targets on the human body that can not be conditioned and these are the targets you want to hit for they will cause a domino type of effect to your attackers body. You may be able to start execution of the first couple of steps in lets say the "Palm Thrust Technique" but most likely will have to improvise and change your game plan because fighting is not about how you perfectly execute the techniques you have learned for this is impossible for fighting is all about improvisation. By focusing on hitting targets instead of performing techniques you keep things simple and more effective in a self defense situation.

Monday, October 22, 2007


Many people learn how to break fall using mats, but there is a huge down fall using these when learning how to break fall. The first is that when you land on a mat you tend to get sloppy in your execution and tend to slap your hand and elbow onto the mat. In reality when you land on concrete you would chip your elbow if you were to do this. The other down side to using mats is that you tend to remain "soft" when it comes to conditioning your body. Instead practice from increasingly gradual heights to break fall against a concrete floor so your body is conditioned to land on hard surfaces so it is not stunned or hindered by the impact when your dropped onto the ground in a real situation. For more information on Guerrilla Combatives Conditioning visit

Thursday, October 18, 2007


One self defense technique I love doing espeically in close quarter situations is using my knees to give "Charlie horses" to my attackers thigh or pulling down his head and smashing my knee into his face. A key element into making your knees more powerful and destructive is to bring your leg slightly back then when bringing your knee up and as you make contact to the attacker's head tilt your hips forward, this will increase the impact two fold. Remember to clasp your hands behind your attacker's neck and at the same time you bring one of your legs back, for bringing your leg back helps get all your weight behind his neck pulling his head downward easier and like I stated eariler gives more power to your knee when it makes impact.

Monday, October 15, 2007


Mental toughness will allow you to oversome adversity, hardship, setbacks and ultimately achieve success in any area of your life. So here are some ways in becoming metally tough so you achieve your goals

• It means when trouble heads your way – you are not permanently knocked on your ass, you get up dust yourself off and keep going.

• It means when your 1st plan doesn't go your way you change to plan B and keep going.

• It means when others criticize you – you refuse to allow someone else to dictate your thoughts or direction, opinions are like assholes everyone gots one and they are all full of crap

• It means you accept 100% responsibility for everything that you do and say

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Saturday, October 06, 2007

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Don't become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?

It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.

Jim Rohn

Monday, October 01, 2007


Now ask yourself this question & answer honestly. Do you need to warm up before you start executing your self defense/martial arts techniques? If the answer is yes then maybe you should be performing other self defense tactics because in the real world before a fight happens your not going to be able to say to your attacker "Hang on I got to warm up first don't want to pull anything while I try kicking you" As foolish as this may sound this is very true when it comes to most self defense techniques on the market today. Remember keep your self defense tactics simple and keep your kicks low, it's not about how pretty you look but how ugly you are.


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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