Who am I?

Hi! I’m David. 

As long as I can remember, I’ve been into martial arts.

My fascination with them started in my early youth. I remember watching “The Karate Kid” over and over again on VHS. That got me into Tae Kwon Do, which I stuck with throughout high school.

After that, I shifted my focus into more self defense-oriented martial arts. In 2 decades of training, I’ve studied:

  • Wing Chun
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Filipino Martial Arts (stick, knife, and empty hand fighting).

I’m currently living in Thailand, so I hope to get some serious Muay Thai training in, as well!

What else do I do?

For my day job, I’m an attorney (the boring kind). I should note that while I’m an attorney, I’m not your attorney. Make sure you check out that legal disclaimer at the bottom of every page!

I also love making websites, playing guitar, cooking, and wasting time on the Internet (who doesn’t?).

Why make this site?

One of the most important lessons I learned when training in self defense martial arts is that you need a few things:

  1. Muscle memory and training, so that your body does what it’s supposed to when confronted with a dire situation;
  2. Constant awareness of your surroundings, in order to avoid trouble before it starts; and
  3. The right gear to equalize a situation and give yourself an edge against would-be attackers.

Too many people sleepwalk through their day without paying attention, or carry self defense weapons without properly training in how to use them.

I hope that the information on this site can help them to avoid that. I’ve got big plans to expand and cover a huge variety of self defense topics, so I hope you stick with me.

About my reviews

When it comes to reviews of self defense products on the site, I don’t really have a dog in the fight. While I personally carry a Benchmade, I realize that there are a ton of great knife and other weapon manufacturers. I don’t carry water for any one in particular.

I try to do as much research about the products I feature here as possible. I spend this time so that you don’t have to. Use that free time to get some more training in!

Special thanks to YOU

Thanks for joining me in this journey toward heightened awareness and truly effective self defense

If I can help to save just one life, all the time spent creating this blog will be worth it.

I hope you get something out of it!