"Bernie" Weiss on Self Defense
a series of articles
Bernd (Bernie) Weiss, Ph.D.
About The Author
Bernd Weiss was a psychologist, reserve police officer and
college professor. He was chief instructor of the nonprofit Topanga Karate
School in California and practiced martial arts from 1955 until his untimely
death in November, 1998. He was a 7th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate. His
unique mix of skills, training and profession ideally suited him for writing on
a topic where body awareness, psychological perspective and physical training
are important in the practice of the art. We greatly miss him. Yet, in these
articles he has left us with a part of himself to learn from and help improve
- In an introductory overview Dr. Weiss discusses statistics,
avoidance, strategies and practice.
- The practice of karate fosters non-violence. Does this appear
paradoxical? Read on...
- In this column Dr. Weiss addresses a situation which we hope we
never will find ourselves in. The point is that with some self-defense
training, you can increase your chances of surviving even the most drastic of
situations. Future articles will deal with more common situations you may
- A simple and effective defense that even a beginner can use
against an attacker attempting a grab.
- A discussion of the cardiovascular benefits of karate.
- How to avoid common telephone pitfalls.
- Recognizing the cycle of domestic violence can be an important
step in getting help.
- An actual defense against an assailant wielding a sharpened fork.
- Proper body language and voice can be an effective self defense
- Body usage, or how you hold and maneuver your body, contributes to
your ability to perform a specific skill such as a kick, parry, etc., but often
we forget how fundamental our body usage is to the effectiveness of the
- Helpful tips on child safety in the home and a discussion of child
molestation and its prevention.
- A successful defense against an unprovoked crowbar attack taken
from a real life situation
© 1997-1998 Bernd Weiss
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