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Woman Survives Attempted Abduction

(Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) In May of 2017, a woman in Oklahoma successfully fought of two men attempting to abduct her.  She was walking down a familiar road when two men approached her in a truck.  After declining their repeated offers to “give her a ride.”  The men then decided they were going to attempt to abduct her. This brave young woman, Brittany, decided that she would…

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What You Don’t Know About Domestic Violence

Did you know that every year the injuries sustained by domestic violence exceed automobile accidents, muggings, and cancer deaths combined!  It is astounding the impact that this has! Cranford found this infographic that gave some staggering stats on domestic violence.  After reading the statistics, take a look at the signs that domestic violence may be occurring in the lives of those close to you.  If you are seeking shelter or resources for yourself, or a loved one, click this link…

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She said NO, but they didn’t take her seriously!

The day our daughter told two boys to “stop!” (Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) One third of our Fortress Building Class is focused on creating personal boundaries.  There is a personal reason that we spend that much time on this important piece of self-protection.  It started with our daughter. It started as fun. When our oldest daughter was a senior in high school, she had two close friends…

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LaBCaF Lessons from a Cat

By Cranford Blackmon (Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) What do you picture in your mind when I say “kitty?”  Is it cute?  Is it adorable?  Fluffy?  A cuddly purring ball of furry happiness? What about when I say, “putting your cat in the tub for a bath?”  Still adorable and sweet? Probably not.  How about irritated, determined, razor footed monster, with a mouth full of needle teeth? Cats…

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How to Use Pepper Spray Like a LaBCaF Girl!

By Cranford Blackmon (Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) We’ve all heard that the effects of pepper spray are not permanent, right?  We know the burning sensation, the blindness, and the difficulty breathing are all temporary.  We know that pepper spray isn’t meant to permanently injure anyone. So what IS it for?  It is to redirect an attacker’s attention to the sudden painful effects he is now experiencing due…

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The LaBCaF System of Self-Protection

By Cranford Blackmon (Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) “How do I protect myself?”  “How do I protect my children?”   These are very common and very important questions that every woman either has asked or should ask. Well, I have asked the same questions about the women and girls in my life.  If you have looked around the LaBCaF website, you know the reason I created this company.  If…

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Personal Accountability vs Government Programs for Women’s Safety

By Cranford Blackmon If you have read our website (www.LaBCaF.com) or taken our classes, you know we created LaBCaF to teach women to help themselves avoid danger, AND to stop someone who is actively trying to hurt, kill, or abduct them.  We don’t teach sport combatives, or fitness classes. Our belief is that the prime responsibility of keeping someone safe belongs to THAT person! I am responsible for MY safety.  You are responsible for YOUR safety.  The only instance where…

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When the “Wrong” way is the BEST way!

By Cranford Blackmon Throughout our lives, we’ve all heard people say “There’s a right way to do something, and there’s a wrong way.”  If you’re a grown up, you’ve probably said it to someone with less wisdom than you.  It is, for the most part, true.  Of course, there are times when there are multiple “right” ways, and there are certainly a multitude of “wrong” ways to do things.  But that’s a rabbit hole we won’t go down today! So…

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Nosing Around a Fight

It’s a fine, beautiful day and everything is going along swimmingly.  That’s what we want every day, right? And truth be told, most of our days ARE that way – if we would only notice it!  But it seems that (by our own choice) we let our attention drift to stuff that obscures the good things that are always going on. Even in a bad situation there are “good things” going on around us.  But, if you are too wound…

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Can Colleges Be Safe from Violence?

(Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) On November 28, 2016, Ohio State University joined the list of schools who have experienced violence on a large scale. This time, the attacker used a vehicle and then a knife. In the 2013 attacks at Lone Star College in Cypress Texas, the attacker used a razor type knife. In the 2007 Virginia Tech attack in Blacksburg Virginia, the attacker used firearms. Colleges…

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The Problem with Women and Martial Arts

By Cranford Blackmon (WARNING: This is a long post, but it is VERY important. Grab a drink and start reading!) If you have taken our courses or read much of our website and blog, you know that our courses ARE NOT martial arts. Not that I have anything against martial arts. On the contrary, I think they are wonderful. But they’re not the most effective path for women learning to protect themselves against an attacker. Knowing this, it is always…

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Keeping your babies safe, even when you’re not there

Well it’s that time of year again. The time of year when parents get excited about seeing their beautiful, amazingly well mannered, and extremely tidy children head back to school! For all the rest of the parents, it’s time to jump for joy that you can now get some quiet time in your life and maybe even knock off some of the things on that ever increasing “to do” list. Of course you don’t do that “jump for joy” thing…

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