Self-Defense Class

6 Female Views on Women’s Safety Programs

6 Female Views on Women’s Safety Programs “Why would I take a women’s self-defense course?” The RIGHT to be safe Here at LaBCaF we believe EVERY woman has the right to be safe.  We also believe that the VAST majority of women in the world don’t know how to be safe.  What might be worse is the number of women who actually believe “safety” isn’t an issue for them.  Yes, there are really women out there like that.  How do…

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A Gift for Me is a Gift for Thee (OR What to Buy for my Dad)

By Cranford Blackmon (Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) At the time of this writing, I am the step-dad of 7 and the granddad of 6.  So you might guess that my wife Penny gets the occasional text or call that goes something like this: “Mom, I have no idea what to get Cran! Any ideas?” I’m pretty sure that same message goes out to millions of moms every…

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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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Introspect to Self-Protect

By Cranford Blackmon If you have been to any of our classes or kept up with these illuminating articles that I write, you know that “situational awareness” is the most basic skill that must be learned before any other can effectively be used for your own safety. Great gun skills, awesome martial arts skills, and so on are great to have.  However, if you are so unaware of what’s going on around you that you allow Baddie McBadguy to get…

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Being Strong Enough to Win

by Penny Blackmon (Update: Some of our programs have changed. Subscribe to our email list to stay up to date.) It is common for women to feel that if they were attacked, they wouldn’t be strong enough to fight off their attacker.  They can feel that it would be easy to be over powered by a man, that they are weaker and more vulnerable.  We have had students tell us that after taking  Modules 3 & 4 (Legs and Brains…

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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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Safety and Lasagna – A Recipe for Success

Hi everybody.  I’m not sure which order is most accurate: I get hungry so I write about food metaphors or I write about food and then get hungry!  Well, whatever the order is, I’m writing about food (sort of) and I’m hungry, again! I find that the best way to teach, so that my students can remember the information, is to apply what I’m talking about to something that is already familiar.  Today I’m talking about how to REALLY live…

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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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Cover & Concealment: It’s not just for the military anymore!

It’s a sad commentary on the state of the world that so many terms and issues that originally belonged to the military (like “cover & concealment”) have not only become common in the world of law enforcement, they have now become common in everyday civilians’ lives. I was just going over the FBI’s 2014 report on Active Shooter Study (covering 2000-2013). Surely enough, there is a continuous rise in the number and frequency of these shootings. If you’d like to…

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Cranford Blackmon

Cranford has been fighting to save those in need since he was old enough to hold a G.I.Joe and a box full of plastic green army men.  Back then he was saving the world from monsters and cartoon villains.  A lot of things in the world have changed through the years, but Cranford’s desire to fight for others hasn’t, and there are still monsters and villains to deal with. In high school he volunteered on a rural fire department and…

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Hopewell Baptist Church: Caring for the Community’s Safety

Here at LaBCaF, we believe in taking care of others by teaching them how to take care of themselves.  That is the entire focus of our company.  So we are always excited when we find an organization that shares that same desire.  We’re even more excited when we are able to help that organization. My wife Penny met the Senior Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Clanton Alabama a few months ago.  When Senior Pastor Larry Sailes, who is also…

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