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Friendly martial arts in Portland?

What are some martial arts or self defense communities in Portland, OR I might enjoy becoming involved with? [more inside]
posted by thug unicorn on Jul 12, 2014 - 2 answers

What can I take with me on walks to keep dogs away?

I live in a neighborhood where people walk their dogs off-leash. Unfortunately, a lot of these dog owners are jackasses, and their dogs are aggressive, territorial, and menacing to my dog, my family, and me. Is there anything I can carry on walks to keep these dogs away if/when they charge us? I'm not interested in actually killing these dogs, and my fear with pepper spray is that it'll get on my kids. I've heard mixed things about tasers - some people say they're good, others say they just make the dog angrier. Ideas?
posted by malhouse on Jan 7, 2014 - 50 answers

Is there any answer I can give that won't result in more pushups?

I need advice for gracious, loving, kind, and assertive ways to deal with a very specific type of bullying. I don't really know what to call it, but I will describe it as best I can. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Jul 19, 2013 - 34 answers

Where can a 34-year-old dude with a bad knee learn to defend himself?

I would like to take some kind of self-defense or martial arts class. Only problem? I'm a dude, I'm 34, and my left knee is not-so-great. Bonus points for resources in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Feb 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Bear spray for home protection?

Can I keep bear deterrent pepper spray as protection against (human) home intruders? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Jan 7, 2013 - 11 answers

How to Avoid Being a Victim

Women's self defense. I'm curious about things that can be done before you get to a point where you've got to physically defend yourself. In particular, I'd be interested in first hand experiences from women about how you avoid these situations and if you've ever had to fight someone off. [more inside]
posted by rambletamble on Nov 12, 2012 - 29 answers

Pepper Spray in NYC

How do I acquire pepper spray in New York City? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I feel more confident in situations that make me feel unsafe?

What can I do to make myself feel more capable in situations where I feel unsafe? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jul 20, 2012 - 24 answers

If my rapist comes after me again, is there any legal weapon (other than a gun) that will stop him?

I was raped by someone I thought was a friend. I finally reported him to the cops, but I live alone in a city where i walk everywhere. He knows all of this, along with my daily habits. I don't want to change my lifestyle, but I need safety, especially at my apartment (which is where he raped me). Pepper spray (which I already have), tasers, stun guns--I've seen cops use these things on men of his size & it makes no difference. I feel like I have no choice but to get a gun. Please help me think of another option. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 74 answers

Martial Arts Philosophies?

Point me to the best resources (books, articles lectures) on the philosophies of various martial arts, particularly taekwondo, as they relate to non-violence, self-defense and peacebuilding. The more primary the source, the better.
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Nov 21, 2010 - 8 answers

Quick-and-dirty self-defense classes in Seattle

Ass-kicking lessons in Seattle: Looking for personal recommendations. [more inside]
posted by athenasbanquet on Jul 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Is there a style of martial arts to help me get fit and defend myself fast?

Need advice on martial arts - both for fitness and self-defense. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass on May 2, 2010 - 17 answers

Best single self-defense move?

Someone is in your face and out of control, obviously about to attack you. You have a few seconds left to take the initiative - one surprise move to neutralize the threat. What is it? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso on Mar 17, 2010 - 85 answers

Help me choose a knife, machete and training manuals for self defense.

Help me choose a knife, machete and training manuals for self defense. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied on Oct 28, 2009 - 53 answers

Who Punches The President?

does the president of the u.s. receive any self defense training? and, if so, what sort and from whom? and are there any good articles or books on that subject?
posted by artof.mulata on Jun 11, 2009 - 32 answers

Can you recommend protective gear for Krav maga sparring?

Can you recommend protective gear for Krav maga sparring? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Jan 7, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me choose a sport

Jiu jitsu vs. aiki jitsu vs. kick boxing vs. thai boxing etc: Which is best? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Mar 6, 2008 - 17 answers

Where can I go to try and hurt people safely?

Where can I go to let my rage out by really trying to hurt people, but safely for me and for them? Ideally, this would be like a self-defense scenario, with two or more padded and armored attackers I can go all out against, but who are willing to accommodate my individual scenario over just an hour or two. Difficulty: I am a big guy with martial arts experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2008 - 27 answers

Seeking information about self defense course(s) and related activites/classes.

I am interested in self-defense classes. There are lots of methods and places to do this. The options are a little overwhelming and I know very little about the topic. Can somebody break it down and make some suggestions and/or recommendations that might be best suited for me? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Aug 29, 2007 - 22 answers

You don't have any more information, do you, Nina?

The type of self-defense demonstrated on the Fox series 24 is quick, brutal and decisive. Although obviously make-believe TV, it strikes me that this probably an accurate portrayal hand-to-hand confrontations when somebody knows what they are doing. What style of self-defense does the character Jack Bauer employ in subduing or neutralizing his targets?
posted by quadog on Dec 28, 2006 - 18 answers

What's an effective and practical personal safety device?

What's an effective and practical personal safety/self-defense device to carry when walking home alone at night in a shady neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by crack on Oct 25, 2006 - 59 answers

Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood?

I just moved down the street from a crack house... Safety tips? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Mar 19, 2006 - 46 answers

Martial art instruction in N/NE Dallas area

Have any recs for good adult-oriented martial arts training in the North/Northeast Dallas area? I'm twenty-seven, in reasonably good shape, and have no martial arts experience. I'm looking for good, experienced instructors, not a belt factory. I'm not too concerned about the style being taught, as long as the instruction is good. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by arathorn on Dec 31, 2005 - 3 answers

Self Defense Lobbying in the UK

Are there any groups in the UK campaigning to change the laws on self-defense and weapon ownership? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish on Oct 30, 2005 - 20 answers

What do I do when I am attacked by a big dog?

I'm being attacked by a big, vicious dog; what do I do? [more inside]
posted by deafmute on Dec 2, 2004 - 47 answers

Martial Art Recommendations

I would like to start taking classes in some kind of martial art. I'm interested in something that will help me get in shape and also provide a little self defense. What flavor should I pursue?
posted by LittleMissCranky on Dec 18, 2003 - 14 answers

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