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Thinking like a Criminal (podcast)

One of the biggest problems I see when it comes to modern self-protection is the failure to understand just what we are protecting ourselves against. If we don’t understand the question, there is no way that we can give an adequate answer.

In the classic text “The Art of War” Sun Tzu famously wrote: “If you know your enemy and know yourself, you will not know defeat in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemy but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemy and do not know yourself, there is grave danger in every single battle.”

From a self-protection perspective, our enemy is the violent criminal. It is the violent criminal that we need to understand if we are to be keep ourselves safe from them. We need to understand their motivations and their methods if we are to be best placed to deal with them.

I would suggest that we martial arts types have a bad habit of assuming criminals will act like fellow fighters and martial artists. We are therefore don’t “know our enemy” and hence are ill-prepared to keep ourselves safe from them.

The podcast discusses some of the key differences between fighters and criminals. We also look at some of the more common myths / false arguments made by fighters and martial artists when they try to ignore these differences and impose a “fighting solution” onto self-protection.

In other news, the podcasts will have been going for a decade next year! I therefore have a plan to mark that anniversary, and I need your help to do it. I’m trying to determine the listen’s top ten favourite podcasts over the last ten years. In the introduction I explain the process and your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for all your support in 2015, have a great Christmas, and I’ll be back with another podcast in the New Year!

All the best,


Thinking like a Criminal
Iain Abernethy