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"A Double-Edged Approach For Mastering Personal Protection"
October 19, 2009
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REMEMBER: "If you're not training, someone out there IS training to beat you. And, if you meet will LOSE!"

- Warrior Reminder

self-defense expert Jeffrey M. Miller

From the Desk of:
Shidoshi Jeffrey Miller
Monday, October, 19th, 2009
2:13PM EST Time

REMINDER: There are several very important seminars and training opportunities scheduled for serious students in the upcoming months.

Here is a head's up on 2 of them:

EDR Self Defense Training Certification
Weekend Intensive

Nov. 14th & 15th, 2009

Venue: Warrior Concepts Academy, Sunbury, Pa.

Learn the "Emotion-based Defensive Response" (EDR) system developed by Shidoshi Miller, especially for students who are looking for "just enough" when it comes to being able to defend themselves against danger. This is a 2-day Level 1 certification course. Here's the link for more information and to register:


Daikomyo-Sai 2009 - 2010
Jan. 8th - 10th, 2010

Venue: Warrior Concepts Academy, Sunbury, Pa.

Join Shidoshi Miller for a weekend of intense training in the Ninja's art of winning! This is the annual training event celebrating both Shidoshi Miller and Soke Hatsumi's birthdays. You won't want to miss this year's training if your serious about mastering this ancient and powerful martial art.

In addition to training, we will be going to a local Japanese restaurant for a birthday dinner celebration on Saturday evening. Reservations are required so, if you are attending the dinner, you MUST register early for this event.

Download the Event Flyer

Reality-Based Self-Defense:

A Double-Edged Approach For Successful Personal Protection

by Shidoshi Jeffrey M. Miller
(C) 2009, Warrior Concepts Int'l, Inc.

Many students, including karate and so-called self-defense teachers really aren't sure where to begin when it comes to mastering the skills needed to protect yourself against a real-world brutal attacker. This article takes outlines the two-fold approach that I share with clients who are serious about surviving a criminal attack.

To look at the conventional world of martial arts and self-defense instruction, the conventional approach seems to be to just pick-up a bag full of skills, receive some colored belt rank or maybe a certificate of some kind, and presto, you're ready to go. Right?

If that's the correct course, then why are so many so-called experts getting their butts kicked in the real world? Why, if everything works in martial arts school or self-defense class, are their infalible skills failing horribly on the street, when dealing with real-world attacks thrown by serious, real-world attackers?

There are lots of reasons but I think the main one is that, for the most part, these courses are simply a case of the blind leading the blind. What that means is that students, who lack the experience at dealing with violence, are attempting learn something from martial arts teachers who, themselves, are lacking real-world experience for handling and surviving real world attack situations.

So, what do you need to survive a real self-defense attack?

My view on the whole self-defense approach, and what I teach my clients, is 2 sided.

First, get as many options as possible so that you can act in different situations and against a variety of attackers.

Secondly, in the moment, when an attack is occurring, the student must be able to respond to and handle the violence itself - regardless of where it comes from or what's behind it.

Like a double-edged sword, each side is critical if student is to be really successful. The first area, your skill training should arm you with not just tested skills, but an understanding of the important principles and concepts that are being taught by the technique models. That way, you won't have to depend on the taught techniques themselves, but instead be able to act during the attack, not against a official attack but, against whatever your attacker is throwing at you. Several of these foundational ideas include:

  • 1) Cover / Shielding

  • 2) Defensive angling and positioning

  • 3) Timing and responsive flow

  • 4) Effective use of distance

  • 5) etc.

The second relates to attitude, or "heart." Regardless of how tough you are, or feel in class with your friends, fellow students, and juniors, what matters in a real self-defense situation is how you act and deal with the pure, animalistic violence being thrown at you by someone who isn't pulling their attacks and doesn't care about your well-being at all. Will you do what you must or end up like every other victim? The only thing that will matter is what no one else but you will do when the moment is on you.

This reminds me of the plane ride I took to the tiny island of Grenada when I was in the Army all those years ago. While I sat there, staring at the other side of the aircraft and going over what I would do when I found myself in a real combat zone (assuming we didn't get blown out of the sky first), I heard other guys farther back in the aircraft actually crying. Ironically, these were the same super-troopers who, during practice field exercises where we trained for real combat, went around as-if they were John Wayne and Steven Seagal, acting tough and telling everyone that they were ready to go to war right then and there. Well, here we were - on our way - and they were the least-prepared to deal with the shocking reality of the situation.

Register now for my EDR Self-Defense Training Certification Weekend Intensive, Nov. 14th & 15th, 2009. Here's the link to get more information and to register:

Your training must insure that you can deal with both his physical attacks, whatever the attack may be, and you must be able commit yourself to winning by dealing with the anger and raw brutality that is a natural part of combat. Two sides to the same coin. Both critical for success.

So, examine what you've trusted up to this point, and make sure that you do so using the eyes of a critic, not a blind believer. Check out the news. Ask some law enforcement or security professionals, bouncers, or even combat veterans what it's really like inside a real fight situation with someone who wants to beat, break, or kill you. Then, all beliefs aside, begin to learn what you'll need to fill in the knowledge and skills sets to make sure that you'll come out on top, and not end up on the wrong side of the grass!

Do you want to learn more about the way I do it? I have just completed my brand new online e-course to self-defense success, "Foundations of Self-Defense Mastery"

Get it free here: Self Defense Course

Would you like to learn in hours, rather than months or years, more than most martial arts or self-protection practitioner without all of the ritual, formalized kata, or military-like atmosphere? How? By following this simple, proven formula for self defense success:

Jeffrey Miller coaches private students, corporations, and martial arts teachers how to not die or end up as a victim in a violent situation. Jeff says "If you really want to learn the life-saving skills needed to be a master of self protection, I can show you how to get the skills needed to successfully defend yourself against any attacker, guaranteed"

Until Next Time.

To Your Achievement of Mastery!

Jeffrey M. Miller, Shidoshi
Warrior Concepts Int'l
Self-Protection & Personal Development

362 Market Street
Sunbury, Pa. 17801
(570) 988-2228

If you haven't already done so, I recommend that you visit the website at and see how much information is there for the serious student (over 170 pages!). If you're a business owner, or in management, education, or the health care fields, I recommend that you visit this site on workplace violence and crisis management at

There's never been a more important time to take back responsibility and control for our own lives than right now.

  • Stop waiting for the government to do it.

  • Stop believing that it's the job of the police to protect you or that you need a black belt to really be safe.

  • Stop trying to sift through all the information on the internet, trying to figure out what works and what doesn't.

I invite you to be a true ninja warrior - a man or woman of action - and take a*ction. Get going with those things you've been meaning to do for you and do it now!

Remember, check the site and get your fr*ee Spring Ninja Camp in-a-box dvd set (just pay for shipping and handling and it's yours - as my way of saying "thanks") Ninja Training DVD Set. Get to the blog or on the forums so you can learn from others. Send me an email or call me to get a personal assessment for moving yourself forward.

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To Your Attainment of Mastery!

Jeffrey M. Miller, Shidoshi
Warrior Concepts Int'l
Self-Protection & Personal Development
362 Market St.
Sunbury, PA. 17801
(570) 988-2228

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