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Self-Defense Videos

In a reflection of today’s growing concern about self-defense and family protection, the self-defense video category boasts more videos than any other. Apart from videos demonstrating self-defense techniques derived from various martial arts, the new wave of personal-protection videos comes via pioneers in reality-based martial arts.

Creator of the self-defense program called the Reality-Based Personal Protection system, Jim Wagner is featured on 12 videos speaking about ground, knife and handgun techniques, along with crime, terrorism, defensive tactics and women’s survival skills.

Another pioneer in reality-based martial arts is former U.S. Marine Kelly McCann. Over a series of 15 videos, Kelly McCann discusses how to deal with dangerous scenarios like a lapel grab and slashing knife attacks; demonstrates a chin jab, the jugular notch and cupped hand strikes; explains how to handle “handshake” moments and stairway and alley strike situations; and presents other combative skills for street survival.

Other important close-quarters-combat skills videos include gun-disarm techniques by RedMan training, Mark Jordan teaching how the “stomp” can counter everything from head locks to attacks from behind, former Navy SEAL Richard Machowicz explaining how to handle knife and gun attacks, James Williams demonstrating how to use the tactical flashlight, and Mick Coup discussing the importance of self-defense target selection.

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  1. Michael Janich H2HC Video: Self-Defense Moves Against a Knife Attack

    Michael Janich H2HC Video: Self-Defense Moves Against a Knife Attack

    “One of the toughest things you’re going to run into is going empty-hand against a knife,” knife-fighting and H2HC expert Michael Janich says in this exclusive video showing you how to handle such a high-risk situation.
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  2. MCMAP Instructor Leon Wright Demonstrates Self-Defense Moves Against a Roundhouse Punch

    MCMAP Instructor Leon Wright Demonstrates Self-Defense Moves Against a Roundhouse Punch

    Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) instructor Leon Wright digs into his martial and military training, showing you how to handle a “haymaker” attack!
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  3. Target Focus Training’s Tim Larkin on How to Defend Yourself Against an Attacker Carrying a Knife

    Target Focus Training’s Tim Larkin on How to Defend Yourself Against an Attacker Carrying a Knife

    Get inside the tactical mind of Target Focus Training founder Tim Larkin as he explains why the brain is your biggest weapon when it comes to defending yourself — even against an armed attacker!
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  4. Advanced Knife-Fighting Techniques Video: Detailed Breakdown by Bram Frank

    Advanced Knife-Fighting Techniques Video: Detailed Breakdown by Bram Frank

    Learn 18 knife-combat essentials and watch the 2007 Black Belt Hall of Fame Weapons Instructor of the Year as he shows you principles of left-handed knife fighting and how to control your opponent no matter what the attack situation!
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  5. Tim Larkin: How to Defend Yourself Against an Attacker Using Target Focus Training

    Tim Larkin: How to Defend Yourself Against an Attacker Using Target Focus Training

    Tim Larkin, Black Belt’s 2011 Self-Defense Instructor of the Year, knows how to get people’s attention.

    One of his favorite ways is to rattle off a statement that just happens to form the nucleus of Target Focus Training, the fighting system he founded: “Violence is rarely the answer — but
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  6. Tim Larkin Martial Arts Training Video Teaches Street-Fighting Tips Incorporating Bodyweight in Self-Defense Techniques

    Tim Larkin Martial Arts Training Video Teaches Street-Fighting Tips Incorporating Bodyweight in Self-Defense Techniques

    According to Tim Larkin, Black Belt’s 2011 Self-Defense Instructor of the Year, “Violence is rarely the answer, but when it is, it’s the only answer.” This idea is fundamental to the self-defense technique training paradigm of his fighting system, Target Focus Training — a system that can improve your street-survival
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  7. Get Close-Quarters Combat Training With Seven Krav Maga and Kapap DVDs From International Self-Defense Experts!

    Get Close-Quarters Combat Training With Seven Krav Maga and Kapap DVDs From International Self-Defense Experts!

    Are you into the close-quarters combat training styles of Avi Nardia, Albert Timen, Alain Cohen, Mike Lee Kanarek, Richard Ryan and the like? Are you interested in realistically depicted street-fighting scenarios and step-by-step breakdowns thereof? Then Black Belt has a new group of krav maga and kapap DVDs that might
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  8. Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Defend Against a Knife Attack on the Ground

    Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Defend Against a Knife Attack on the Ground

    Eyal Yanilov and his krav maga defenses against variations of the front kick were featured as the cover story for the March 2011 issue of Black Belt (which happened to be the third of five special 50th Anniversary issues leading up to the June 2011 50th Anniversary Collector’s Issue, all
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  9. Combat Focus Shooting Expert Rob Pincus Discusses the Not-So-Picture-Perfect Reality of Self-Defense Against a Knife Attack on the Street

    Combat Focus Shooting Expert Rob Pincus Discusses the Not-So-Picture-Perfect Reality of Self-Defense Against a Knife Attack on the Street

    You’re out for a walk in the city at night and a man approaches you. Before you know it, he comes at you for a knife attack. What do you do? In a martial arts magazine, self-defense experts could suggest a variety of counterattacks — some from the traditional martial
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  10. Kelly McCann’s “Combatives for Street Survival” Book+DVD Combo Set Offers Unique Learning Feature for Martial Arts Students!

    Kelly McCann’s “Combatives for Street Survival” Book+DVD Combo Set Offers Unique Learning Feature for Martial Arts Students!

    The Combatives for Street Survival Book+DVD Set has been a very successful entry in the ever-expanding Black Belt martial arts multimedia collection. The self-defense content is first-rate, presented by a high-caliber book author and demonstrated on-screen by a dynamic and entertaining modern martial arts instructor. Both the author and presenter
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