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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. Richard Ryan: How Speed-Hand Striking Can Give Women an Element of Surprise

    Richard Ryan: How Speed-Hand Striking Can Give Women an Element of Surprise

    Self-defense expert Richard Ryan gives Black Belt magazine a four-minute mini-seminar on how speed-hand striking can help women escape close-quarters attacks in this exclusive video!
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  2. 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

    Self-defense often doesn’t look like it is, by necessity of the medium, presented in martial arts magazines … but that doesn’t make it any less effective, according to self-defense expert Rob Pincus in this exclusive video.
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  3. “Mack” on Movements, Weapons and Targets in Combat

    “Mack” on Movements, Weapons and Targets in Combat

    In this exclusive video, Richard “Mack” Machowicz discusses and demonstrates targeting principles during an outdoor photo shoot for Black Belt magazine!
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  4. Israeli Martial Arts: Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Disable an Opponent and Defend Yourself From the Ground

    Israeli Martial Arts: Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Disable an Opponent and Defend Yourself From the Ground

    You’re on the ground. An attacker launches a front kick at you. What do you do? In this exclusive video, respected krav maga master Eyal Yanilov shows you a technique which may allow you to open up an escape route and emerge unharmed.
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  5. Self-Defense Expert Rob Pincus Shows You How to Use a Firearm in Close-Quarters Combat

    Self-Defense Expert Rob Pincus Shows You How to Use a Firearm in Close-Quarters Combat

    You have a gun. They have a knife. How do you handle this situation? Close-quarters-combat expert Rob Pincus shows you in this exclusive self-defense video!
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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