Self-Protection Tools

Keeping your kids safe at school

The kids are back to school now.  It is an exciting time as they start another school year.  Even though we love that they are out in the world learning awesome things, we can’t help but be a little nervous about our little ones as they spend time out of our sight, and in the big world!  To help you ease a few fears, you will want to prepare your kids to know what to do if they are approached…

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How to Make Your Home Safer

By Cranford Blackmon I’m so excited that what we are doing to keep women safe is reaching out beyond our local area.  Although we’re not teaching outside of Alabama yet (as of this post’s date anyway), our articles are being seen and read by people around the country. Nicole from ABC Locksmith down in Clearwater, FL found our article “Plants as Part of your Home Security Plan.”  As a locksmith company, ABC also tries to educate their customers and readers…

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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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Christmas Decorating Tips for Home Security

‘Tis the season for festive decorations as we each celebrate the wonderful season of Christmas! Whether you do minimalist decorations or go all out no matter what the power bill might be, they create a special feeling.  It just seems brings back childhood memories of hope and excitement. I love seeing all the beautiful decorations on homes as we drive around just to enjoy the festive lights.  From simple to supremo, they’re just fun to see.  Lights in the yard. …

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The ATM Reverse Pin Trick

I found a great article on Pinterest the other day (actually I found MANY great articles, which is why I’m writing this today rather than the other day when I was SUPPOSED to be writing instead of looking at PINTEREST!). It was an article that said if you are being forced to withdraw money from an ATM, just punch in your PIN in reverse rather than forward (example – 4321 instead of 1234) and the ATM would let your money…

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The Violence Conundrum

My life purpose seems to be a conundrum. I believe in non-violence.  I believe in peace.  I don’t like to hear about people hurting other people or animals.  And yet I was drawn to “fighting” from a very young age.  All my childhood games and playing revolved around being a soldier, a special agent, a police officer.  Surprisingly, I have now been all of those things and more.  I have been trained how to do very violent things in order…

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The Hammer in Your Holster

Sometimes you hear things that just kind of make you turn your head like a dog that hears something that just doesn’t compute. You know the look I’m talking about.  Here’s a WAY too common example in my life: Woman: So what do you? Me: I teach an extensive course showing women how to use anything in their environment to escape a dangerous situation or to fight off an attacker. Woman: Oh I don’t need anything like that. I’m always…

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It’s Self PROTECTION, not Self Defense!

Which would you prefer: Fighting your way out of a situation using self-defense techniques/tools/weapons OR Avoiding that situation altogether? We believe in avoiding the situation altogether.  That is why we have dedicated so much of our information and programs to avoiding and escaping bad situations! When I think of all the tools Cranford has taught me, tools with which I can confidently protect myself by avoiding and escaping Bad Guys and bad situations, I am incredibly grateful for the Legs…

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Mindset, because you’re worth it.

Mindset. What exactly does it have to do with personal safety? In our classes we focus on empowerment rather than fear. One of the ways we teach empowerment is by talking about mindset. Mindset is not about “wishing,” “hoping,” or “wondering if you will be okay.” It is about setting your mind to win! We teach a variety of ways help you avoid being targeted by a criminal and offer creative solutions to help you win if you are attacked.…

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Don’t get “jacked”

In the last few weeks as I have been telling people about our self protection courses I have heard time and time again about the number of carjackings that appear to be increasing in the Birmingham area over the last few weeks/months. As women tell me about these incidents, I see the fear in their eyes, I hear the helplessness in their voice, and I remember what it felt like to feel powerless against criminals. Because these violent acts are…

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The Benefits of Boldnessity

OK, before we get going here, I just want all of you to know that I made that word up. You know . . . “boldnessity.” The title could have just as easily been “The Benefits of Being Bold” or even “The Benefits of Boldness.” But using those “common” words just felt…lame. Even more so since this is an article about being BOLD! About “BOLDNESSITY!” Making up my own words and just accepting that you will accept them? Yep, that’s…

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