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Self-Protection

Anything regarding self-defense for adults in US or Western society. Moral, ethical, psychological, and techniques.

The legal elements of self-defense: Avoidance

The legal elements of self-defense: Avoidance

This is the 6th post in the series covering the legal elements required for a successful plea of self-defense. Today we will look at the fourth of the five elements, as described in Andrew F. Branca’s book “The Law of Self Defense.” We have already looked at Innocence, Imminence, and Proportionality. We have learned that a legally justifiable self-defense requires…

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The legal elements of self-defense: Proportionality

The legal elements of self-defense: Proportionality

This is the fifth in our series on the legal aspects of “self-defense.” I use quotes to emphasize that we are considering how the law refers to the legal claim made by a defendant who is accused of (and admits to) using force against another person, but asserts that their use of force was justified. We are studying how uses…

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The legal elements of self-defense: What does Pennsylvania law say?

The legal elements of self-defense: What does Pennsylvania law say?

This is the fourth in a series covering legal aspects of self-protection, or what is typically called “Self Defense Law.” We’ve covered the first two of five elements of a successful legal claim of “self-defense” from Andrew Branca’s book “The Law of Self Defense.” Those elements were Innocence and Imminence. Today we’ll take a break from that series to have…

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The legal elements of self-defense: Imminence

The legal elements of self-defense: Imminence

This is the third in a series on the legal aspects of self-defense, tailored for the martial artist who is unarmed except for their hands, feet, and other natural weapons they possess. There will probably be seven posts in the series altogether. I am drawing primarily on the 3rd edition (2017) of Andrew Branca’s book titled The Law of Self…

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The legal elements of self-defense: Innocence

The legal elements of self-defense: Innocence

This is the second post in the series on legal aspects of self-defense.  We will cover the five elements of a physical encounter that must be demonstrated to the criminal justice system in order to make a successful claim of “self defense.” I am basing these on the highly informative book “The Law of Self Defense” by Andrew Branca, whose…

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What we practice (h/t The Karate Nerd)

What we practice (h/t The Karate Nerd)

Jesse Enkamp, the so-called “Karate Nerd” over in Sweden, has posted a video about “the three kinds of karate.” Enkamp gives a concise and accurate description of the evolution of karate’s purposes from its Okinawan roots to its first appearance as an Olympic sport next summer in Tokyo. The three types, corresponding roughly to late-18th and 19th centuries, early-mid 20th…

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