Self Defense: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

What you need to know to increase your personal safety through controlling what you can, and understanding the rest.
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Self Defense: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
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641 students
This course fill in the information gap between what is taught in a standard self-defense course and what you need to know in order to increase your personal safety.


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Through six sections, nearly two hours of instruction, this course will teach you the steps you can take to increase your personal safety. The real facts regarding personal safety are left out of the traditional self-defense courses, and we are here to fill in that gap.

The first section is a general look at the topic of self-defense. We look at some of the popular myths, and set up a framework for our further study.

In the second section we discuss The Big Three. These are three very important factors that impact your personal safety, but the good news is that all three are under your control!

In the third section we look at The Bad Three. These are three powerful factors in your personal safety that you might be able to influence, but you will not have any real control over.

In the fourth section we will take a look at the subject of violence as it applies to personal safety. The topic is huge, and there is a lot of distorted information out there, so we try to clarify some of the important points.

In the fifth section we will look at the fight and the aftermath. The truth is far removed from what is often taught as self-defense and here we present some very important information.

And in the sixth and final section we will look at some training designed to specifically address developing our personal safety strengths, The Big Three. Tips and ideas on increasing our skills in this area are given for those who wish to increase personal safety.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in personal safety

Course content

6 sections • 33 lectures • 1h 59m total length
  • How to take this course
  • Introduction and Meet Wallace Smedley
  • What is "Self-Defense"?
  • Dispelling the Myths
  • Footnote 1
    1 page
  • Section 1 Recap
  • Section 1 Quiz
    5 questions


Wallace Smedley
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My name is Wallace Smedley and I am a Dallas/Fort Worth based martial arts instructor. I teach Taekwondo for the KICKSTART KIDS Foundation by day and Self-Defense/Self Protection courses from my home and to various businesses and groups on weekends.

The main focus of my personal training is now focused on improving my health and deepening my understanding of the practical applications of the techniques I have learned in the traditional martial arts. Work and Family leave little time for anything else, but my life is full and content and I enjoy the fact that I get to write a little and that some people find value in what I write.

Don’t take anything too seriously here. I am usually quite sincere, but I am only rarely serious.

As far as my training goes, it is quite varied. I started with Monkey Kung Fu, but only for a short time. I was introduced by that instructor to an instructor of Hung Gar, which remained my main system through this day. Along the way I managed to earn a Taekwondo black belt and study Shotokan and Shorin Ryu, but not making Dan rank in either of those. I grew up wrestling and have competed in amateur wrestling and have even done a little pro wrestling as well, although the latter was show and not competition. I learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t in my time working security and as a bouncer in my younger days. I do know the subject of personal safety, but in those areas where I do not know, I openly admit the lack of knowledge.

All that said, I hope you enjoy the course and come back often! Please participate in the discussion forum as well, and please keep the discussions positive. Join me on Linkedin as well, right here. Thanks!

Anytime you wish to reach me, shoot an email to !