Joe Lewis Self-Defense Course

10 Self-Defense Lessons From the Great Joe Lewis

Lessons in this Course

Lesson 1: The Most Powerful Strike

Lesson 2: The Best Finishing Hold

Lesson 3: The Best Restraining Hold

Lesson 4: The Come Along

Lesson 5: The Fastest Kick

Lesson 6: The Fastest Strike

Lesson 7: The Sunday Punch

Lesson 8: The Best Takedown

Lesson 9: The Best Inside Technique

Lesson 10: The Best Ground Technique

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LATEST NEWS AND TRENDS

Father Sues Karate School

Father Sues Karate School

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - A father alleges his son's leg was broken in a karate class in Feb. 2018 is suing the school. A father sued the school and his son's training partner, alleging they "negligently" caused his son's injury. The suit, filed in state Supreme Court,...

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Student Blinded by Injury Sues Instructor and Facility

Student Blinded by Injury Sues Instructor and Facility

A beginner student called by an instructor to participate in a sword demonstration instead got an accidental blade through the eye that pierced his skull and left him blind, paralyzed and brain-damaged, according to a $9 million lawsuit filed against the teacher and...

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A Lesson in Guns for Self-Defense

A Lesson in Guns for Self-Defense

https://vimeo.com/369583155 Live demo from COBRA-Defense Real Estate Agent Safety Seminar by Chris Sutton Here is a live demonstration of the realities of using a gun for self-defense. NOTE: The entire Real Estate Safety Seminar is available in the MATA Store. We see...

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Child Abduction Prevention Seminars

Child Abduction Prevention Seminars

COBRA-Defense Child Abduction Prevention

Reality For Kids

Parents, here are several facts that we do not like to admit are true but we cannot deny:

  • Most attackers will not be hurt by simple kicks or punches from children ages 5-12
  • Children are soft targets and easy prey
  • Self-defense courses are not required during general or higher education/schooling. 
  • Cell phones are useless in saving a child. 99% of victims cannot retrieve and/or complete a call during a dangerous situation.

Our program comes from many years of study and training — along with a dose or two of common sense — to create the ultimate in child safety & self-defense. During the one day of training mini-academy, children participate in the following:

  • Vehicle Abductions
  • Home Invasion
  • Anti–abduction
  • Communication Drills
  • SAE IT Drills (Scream Attack Escape)
  • “Circle Of Security” Instruction
  • Simulated 911 Calls
  • Kidnapping Defense
  • Advanced Child Special Striking
  • Written Exams
  • Bully & Confidence Scenarios
  • Apply Their Skill Against Bad Guys (Scenarios)
How to Get Your Seminar Sponsored

How to Get Your Seminar Sponsored

While promoting free seminars can be good for creating awareness and traffic, it’s even better if you can get paid for it. Here is an example of how I got a local non-profit to sponsor a COBRA-Defense Children’s Abduction Prevention (CAP) seminar that I taught at James Theros’ Level 10 Martial Arts in Palm Harbor, FL.

I’m not including the names of the contact and non-profit.

Five days out from the seminar, I received a letter in the mail from a local non-profit organization. I went to their website and submitted this email on Monday for a Saturday seminar. 

Email 1- From Me to Them

Subject: Letter from JSP re: Anti-Bully and Child Abduction Prevention Workshop

Hi Mike,

I received a letter today from you guys with an insert for the Non-Profit. That is commendable. 

I am looking for an organization that would partner with me to teach families how to deal with bullies and how to prevent child abduction.

The idea is simple. 

  1. I set a date for a 2 hour Anti-Bully and Child Abduction Prevention Workshop seminar. 
  2. The company agrees to purchase 50 tickets @$20 each. The company and I promote the event to our platforms. I also promote it to the Tampa Bay media. 

For $1,000, the company enjoys the goodwill of providing invaluable training for Tampa Bay families and whatever additional business the exposure brings.

I am teaching one this Saturday at 9am in Palm Harbor. If you’d like to bring your family, just let me know. You can find out about the event here. 

Anti-Bully and Child Abduction Prevention Workshop

Thanks,

 John Graden

Executive Director

USASelfDefense.com

Email 2-Their response

Hi John,

The Non-Profit is fund raising to assist the less fortunate in our community such as house repairs, providing food, hygiene products to the homeless and so forth. Your endeavor is also commendable. At this time we would like to donate funds for 5 tickets hoping this will help you reach your goal. If you know of anyone who may need our services please send them our way and also if you know of people that would like to donate to our cause have them reach out to me.

Email 3-My response

Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2019 11:00 AM

To: Michael T

Subject: RE: Letter from JSP re: Anti-Bully and Child Abduction Prevention Workshop

Good morning Mike,

Thanks so much for your response and donation. I think I know the perfect family for your 5 ticket donation.

I can also help with the Non-Profit with social media, press releases, etc…

Email 4-Their response

Hi John,

I just talked to my partner and we will go 10 tickets now, let me know how to get you the funds. Credit Non-Profit and thanks for any media coverage.

The week after the event, they sent me a check for $290. Not bad for a couple of emails.

This kind of sponsorship really has no limits in size or scope. Have you had events sponsored? Would you like to learn more about this? Just comment below.

Learn More About COBRA-Defense

The Ugliest Fitness Apparel

The Ugliest Fitness Apparel

Do you think the gi hurts or helps to promote martial arts to adults?

Play to listen. This was heard by approximately 14-million listeners.

The Gi is not an issue with kids as much as adults.

One of my schools was next to an aerobics studio. I was at lunch with the owner when she said, “Some of my students walked over and watched your class. One said, ‘That looks interesting.’ Another woman said, ‘Yeah, but look at what we’d have to wear.'”

That is not the only time that I’ve heard complaints about the gi.

I coined the term “black belt eyes” as the natural tendency for school owners to look at their school through the eyes of a veteran black belt instead of a potential student.

Many women WILL NEVER put a gi on and/or take a class in their bare feet.

That has NOTHING to do with “lack of discipline or tradition.” It’s pure black belt eyes. You came up wearing a gi and you like it. It’s what you’ve always worn to class.

Here are two of the latest examples of why the gi needs to go.

Video 1. Watch a nice BBC profile on a very pretty girl in a very ugly outfit.

Video 2. Listen to a short audio clip from Sean Hannity as he describes his MMA training to Bill O’Reilly, who teases him about his “little white outfit.”

Question: What do you think? Should the gi go?

A Lesson in Guns for Self-Defense

A Lesson in Guns for Self-Defense

Live demo from COBRA-Defense Real Estate Agent Safety Seminar by Chris Sutton

Here is a live demonstration of the realities of using a gun for self-defense. NOTE: The entire Real Estate Safety Seminar is available in the MATA Store.

We see tons of security video showing someone being robbed or violently attacked.

While a self-defense expert may have some tactical comments, the knee-jerk response post from untrained people is something like, “That’s why I carry a Glock!”

I have never shot a gun*, so I have no business teaching someone how to use one. So, while I may be a white belt in gun use, Chris Sutton of COBRA-Defense is a 10th-degree black belt in firearms.

Not only does he spend hours a month in a gun range he is a highly trained former street cop, county sheriff, and maximum security prison guard.

He has arrived on many crime scenes where the use or attempted use of a gun did not go down as smooth as a scene from a John Wick movie.

In this demonstration, he illustrates the serious challenges of relying on a firearm for self-defense.

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NOTE: No demo in the COBRA-Defense system is EVER rehearsed. We always pull a stranger from the audience/class and see how things play out naturally rather than a fake fight and fake responses.

Also, notice Chris is not using any special physical skills. 90% of the COBRA curriculum are mental strategies, understanding, and planning. The other 10% are skills you have to use if your prevention measures are breached.

What do you think? Please share and comment.

* Maybe that’s why my new book is titled, Unarmed and Dangerous.

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