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Women's Self-Defense in a Changing World

Authors: Grandmaster Clifford Crandall and Master Lynn Jessee

From the Back Cover By Grandmaster Crandall:

This book can make a difference in how you feel about yourself and how you live your life.  Who were we thinking about when we wrote this Women’s Self-Defense Book?  We were thinking of educated, active women who realize their importance.  Whether you have taken your focus and strengths into the competitive career world or committed your unique abilities to the complexity of guiding a family through the maze of changing life experiences, this book will change your perceptions of how to respond to encroaching outsiders and ultimately how to respond to that once in a lifetime assault situation.

This book has the key, and the key is knowledge.  Based on over 50 years of seminars held in high schools, colleges, YWCAs, rape crises centers, community centers and educational TV presentations, this book approaches the topic and skills of Women’s Self-Defense from a fresh new perspective.  Clifford Crandall Jr., a New York State educator known worldwide for his videos, books and seminars, is joined with Lynn Jessee and her medical background and personal passion to help people live safer, more productive lives.

YOU CAN DO SOMETHING. The Key is Knowledge and the key is within this BOOK.


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About the Authors
About the American Martial Arts Institute and American Eagle Style

CHAPTER 1 – Introduction
You Can! Knowledge is the Key

CHAPTER 2 – Prevention and Avoidance
Prevention and Avoidance Start with Awareness
Who is the attacker?
How does an attacker choose a victim?
Decreasing your risk of being identified as a target
Precautions / Safety Habits
Precautions Regarding Your Car
Precautions Regarding Your Purse
Precautions at the ATM
Home Precautions
Technology Precautions, Including Phone and Internet
Situational Awareness – Honing Your Observational Skills
Practicing Your Awareness Skills
Listening to Your Instincts
Your Safety is Your Responsibility
The Greatest Predator on this Planet

CHAPTER 3 – Before a Physical Response
During the Testing Stage of an Assault: General Principles
Behavior and Body Language
Verbal Resistance
Actions for Specific Situations
Being Approached for Help
A Driver Asks for Directions
Being Followed
Being Directly Threatened or Chased
Home Intrusion
Date Rape

CHAPTER 4 – Being Prepared Mentally and Emotionally
Coming to Terms with Fear
Knowledge is the Key
State of Mind – Who Are You Defending?

CHAPTER 5 – Preparing Yourself Physically
Hands free
Carrying a weapon for security
Walking/ Jogging and Self-Defense
General Health and Fitness

CHAPTER 6 – Self-Defense Anatomy: Understanding the Tools &Targets
Effective Targets – Where to Strike
Your Anatomical Striking Tools

CHAPTER 7 – Individual Technique Skills
About Stances
Making a Proper Fist
Basic Blocks
Basic Strikes
Basic Kicks

CHAPTER 8 – Practical Applications
Being a Good Partner When Practicing Self-Defense
Section I: Techniques for Lower Level Threats or Nuisance Situations
Section II: Self-Defense Against Specific Grabs
Section III: Defense From the Ground
Section IV: Self-Defense Against Knife Attacks
Section V: Self-Defense Techniques Dealing With Guns

CHAPTER 9 – Legal and Ethical Considerations, and After an Assault
Legal and Ethical Considerations
After an Assault
Giving the Police a Good Description
Rape: Myths, Reactions of Others, and Getting Support


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