‘Protect Yourself From Violence’

Today we talk with George A. DeFillipo of Redding. He’s a retired school administrator and a current martial arts instructor. He’s written a book, ‘Protect Yourself From Violence: Tactics, Tools and Preparations.

He grew up in some rough and dangerous places where violence was the norm, such as the Bedford Stuyvesant area of New York City, where he says he had no choice but to learn the best way to survive.

As an adult he earned an education and says he “lived the American dream” – living in nicer middle-class communities where violence was the exception, not the norm.

Q: George, welcome to aNewsCafe.com, and thanks for talking to us today about your book, “Protect Yourself From Violence: Tactics, Tools and Preparations”. It’s a relatively short book, 134 pages, but it contains a lot of information. What led you to write this book?

A: I wrote this book because I see violence spreading across America with many people not being prepared to protect themselves. My book teaches the fundamentals of self-protection that everyone can use so that you don’t have to be a victim of violent crime. I wrote “Protect Yourself From Violence: Tactics, Tools and Preparations” short and concise so that the concepts presented would be easily understood.

Q: OK, so let’s start by talking about weapons. What’s your general philosophy about them?

A: Weapons are material objects. They cannot do anything by themselves. It is what people do with them that determine if they are used for good or bad purposes.

Outlawing weapons does not reduce violent crime. We have had many laws limiting or eliminating weapons that have only resulted in disarming law-abiding citizens. Criminals do not obey the law. I feel that weapons are especially needed for self-defense because law-abiding citizens will be at a disadvantage if they do not have them. You need adequate force to stop or deter criminals using force. In my book I present information regarding the most common weapons available and what you can expect from each of them.

In addition, owners of weapons have a huge responsibility to see that they are handled and stored safely, and are legally utilized regardless of the weapon type. I strongly recommend professional training in this area.

Q: Speaking of professional training, when someone is trained in martial arts, as you are, are other weapons still necessary?

A: A person trained in martial arts can certainly better defend himself/herself than someone without that training. But no one is invincible. If you can eliminate or stop the threat without a weapon that is great, but there are times when that may be impossible such as when there are multiple armed attackers. In such a situation the use of a weapon may be the only means by which you would be able to go home intact.

Q: But being trained, or even carrying a weapon is one part of the equation. What’s the other part?

A: This is a great question. The other part of the equation is situational awareness. With proper awareness you can avoid many situations that normally could end in your becoming a victim. I explain in my book the importance of the color code system of awareness and how using it can benefit you.

Q: Have you ever had a situation where you’ve had to protect yourself from a stranger?

A: Unlike my childhood, I have been fortunate as an adult to not have too many experiences where I needed to protect myself. I will describe two incidents that I did have.

The first incident occurred when I was 19 years old and went to a party that literally had hundreds of people show-up. A fight broke out and someone struck me in the face from the side. I took him to the ground and let him have it. Afterwards I discovered that my nose was broken. This occurred before I learned about situational awareness and avoiding large crowds. If I had known better I would not have been there.

Another incident happened when I was in my thirties and worked in an industrial section of a large city. A car drove up, stopped, three guys jumped out and came towards me. I went into a martial arts fighting stance. They looked at me, turned around, and got back into their vehicle. I am not sure why they didn’t attack me. I would like to believe that they backed off because they thought that they were at risk of getting hurt.

Q: Can you talk about the danger of “being nice”? Women are especially conditioned to be pleasant, nice and helpful. But this can work against us, right?

A: Criminals are very good at tricking or setting-up their victims. You have to be especially careful around strangers. Be very cautious and don’t let strangers get too close to you. My advice is to “be nice” only after you know for sure that it is safe. Otherwise “being nice” can certainly work to your detriment.

Q: You say that guns are the best equalizer. But for people who don’t want to use guns, what’s the second-best weapon, or is there one?

A: Guns are considered the great equalizer and I highly recommend them because of their effectiveness. But for people that do not want to use guns or cannot legally have them then I strongly recommend that they consider utilizing a different weapon/tool that they can use to defend themselves such as a stun gun, Taser or pepper spray. What weapon or other tool that a person carries on them is a personal choice and should be given serious thought before committing to it.

Q: What else would you like us to know?

A: I would like to point out that being safe requires evaluating all areas of your life to see where you can make improvements. My book “Protect Yourself From Violence: Tactics, Tools and Preparations” provides information that can be used as guide to making improvements in your home and vehicle security as well as minimizing risk to yourself when in dangerous situations and places.

I would also like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to inform the public about how my book can make them safer.

“Protect Yourself From Violence: Tactics, Tools and Preparations” can be purchased from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, as well as from my website: protectyourselffromviolence.com

Q: Thank you, George, for taking the time to educate us about how to protect ourselves. I feel a little safer already.

Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Prior to 2007 Chamberlain was an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, CA.

Doni Chamberlain
Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded what’s now known as anewscafe.com in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke of the Czech Republic. Chamberlain is an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She lives in Redding, California.
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5 Responses

  1. Avatar EasternCounty says:

    If only we could convince the lawmakers of your comment: “Outlawing weapons does not reduce violent crime. We have had many laws limiting or eliminating weapons that have only resulted in disarming law-abiding citizens. Criminals do not obey the law.” What are they thinking? Apparently they believe that criminals will make nice and turn in their Saturday night specials or assault rifles if guns are outlawed. I’m so grateful that it is relatively easy to acquire a concealed weapons permit in Shasta County. We would be well to purchase a stack of Mr. DeFillipo’s book and send copies to our elected officials who vote for yet another gun-control bill.

  2. Avatar Ginny says:

    Any weapon can kill. It is the person using the weapon, whether it is a gun, knife, board, or hand, that does the actually killing. The weapon is just the instrument that the sick individual uses.

    One can not outlaw sickness in the head and heart, nor should they try to outlaw law abiding citizens from having a weapon of choice.

  3. Avatar CouldBeTrouble says:

    Only two responses but I love them both. When liberalism realizes they do not have the solutions and when the people realize liberals do not have the solutions then maybe, just maybe we will get our country back into normal common sense behaviors. “Guns do not kill people, people kill people.”

  4. Avatar williamdiamon says:

    From the period 1885 – 1901 (before gun-control, when everyone was free to carry as they choose), America’s murder rates stayed steady at about 1 person per 100,000.

    Through the years of 1901 to 1995 (when gun-control became common) rates climbed to as high as 10 murders per 100,000.

    In 1995 “shall issue” concealed carry began in Florida. When other States saw the resulting drop in crime and murder rates they adopted it too. Now all States have some form of concealed carry, most are “shall issue”.

    This spread of Second Amendment freedom has brought the Nation’s murder rates to a 100 plus year low of 4.2 per 100,000 people. Not a bad result for 20 years of a policy many said would lead to more bloodshed.

    The proper response, when someone is shooting at you is to shoot back. You will need a gun for this. It is also the only way to protect an innocent, If you care as much about people as you think you do. If you do not have a gun, call police. Why? Because they have a gun.

  5. Avatar Grammy says:

    I wish the article had been lead more towards what a person can do when faced with violence or questionable people.
    “Sorry I do not have any cash.”
    “Sorry I don’t carry cash” when out walking a trail.
    For me the first thing I do when I get out of my car is find a shopping basket. Clip my purse in the seat belt. If someone drives past me with someone leaning out of the car with the intent of stealing my purse they are going to get a lot more than they plan on. Also stops a quick grab inside of a grocery store.
    When walking I have my car remote in my hand. I can quickly make my car horn honk and honk and honk (of course sometimes I have pushed it when I go to open the trunk by mistake.)
    In your yard, have a fence that on one feels they can just enter. DO NOT ENTER. I have had people want to enter and I just tell them, “We are okay.” I keep the lock in the gate so that someone can not get a quick entrance.
    Motion detection lights are the best deterrent.
    Having people all around you think you are a little crazy helps also.