Wednesday, 5 June 2013

A blog worth reading...

I just wanted to bring your attention to a new blog that I have been following on women's self-defence. As I have mentioned in previous posts I don't think that martial arts training easily meets the self-defence needs of women and traditional martial arts generally fail to address avoidance and awareness training (the pre-event phase) in any detail at all. 

Invicta Self-defence blog is written by Alexis Fabricius who has been training in martial arts for the past eighteen years, and owns a women's self-defense company in Toronto, called Invicta Self-Defense. She has black belts in karate and kung-fu, as well as a strong background in jiu-jitsu and kickboxing. 

Her blog started in March and has so far covered topics regarding safety when on a night out, safety in parking lots, body language, intuition, sexual violence and some simple escapes from grabs. She writes in a very informed, easy to read style. I would advise any female reader (and male for that matter!) who is interested in understanding more about avoidance and awareness strategies to book mark this blog. 

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The Strongest Karate said...

I just read a few articles. Good stuff!

John Coles said...

'Pre-event phase' ... hmmm.

Now you're starting to take on board the temporal phases of an injury or harm event, time to reinforce the different elements: host, vector and environment.

The host is the person at risk, the vector is the person risking, and the environment is the environment.

Who is the vector? Women's self defence tends to focus on the vector as being a stranger, however, the vast majority of assaults on women are from a familiar.

Different strategies and tactics are required for different vectors. WSD could benefit from this comprehensive approach to the risks facing the host, the women.

INVICTA said...

You're such a doll, Sue! Thank you kindly for the support. I posted a link to your blog on Invicta's Facebook page (

Sue C said...

You're welcome.


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