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