Introduction to Non-Lethal Self-Defense
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Introduction to Non-Lethal Self-Defense

Learn How to FIGHT BACK and Stop an Attacker With Self-Defense Products
4.2 (83 ratings)
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Created by Ulrich Faircloth
Last updated 9/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the fundamentals of non-lethal self-defense.
  • Recognize the importance of non-lethal vs. lethal self-defense.
  • Learn the significance of the use of force continuum in self-defense.
  • Gain an understanding of the various non-lethal self-defense tools.
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  • No experience required. Just be ready to learn and apply.

Imagine that you are walking down an empty street, with no one around. Suddenly, you are attacked from behind by a man threatening to take your valuables, with no weapon on his person. In your defense you pull out your firearm, shoot and hit him. Fortunately for you, the threat has been stopped. But the aftermath of the shooting has left only one person alive and standing. Who now becomes the victim in the eyes of the law?

In my opinion, the purpose of self-defense is to "stun and run", to immobilize a threat and run to get to safety. Many people rely on lethal force to stop an attacker, but in many cases this is not warranted due to the attacker being unarmed. Excessive force can lead to legal complications as well as emotional trauma.

This is why non-lethal self-defense is important.

Your goal is not to kill an attacker, nor do you want to, but to temporarily incapacitate them. Self-defense tools such as pepper spray, stun guns, TASERs and impact weapons allow you to do this with minimal to no damage.

In this course I will teach you:

  • How non-lethal self-defense is defined.
  • The crucial differences between non-lethal and lethal self-defense.
  • About the importance of the "use of force" continuum for civilians.
  • How each respective self-defense product functions and their pros/cons

This introductory course is excellent for:

  • College students, who are limited in what they can carry on campus.
  • Women aged 18-35, who are popular targets for criminals.
  • Late-shift workers, who are targeted under the blanket of darkness.
  • Preppers, who see potential threats a mile away and want to be prepared.
  • People that live or work in dangerous neighborhoods, who need protection.
Who is the target audience?
  • You SHOULD take this course if you are interested in learning about non-lethal self-defense.
  • You SHOULD take this course if you plan to or are using pepper spray, stun gun, TASER or other less-lethal self-defense tool.
  • You SHOULD take this class if you feel uncomfortable in using a firearm, unskilled in martial arts or if you live or work in a dangerous neighborhood.
  • You SHOULD NOT take this class if you want to solely rely on lethal force for protection, martial arts, or if you plan to remain defenseless.
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22 Lectures
"Non-Lethal" Self Defense
6 Lectures 33:12

Are you prepared to learn about non-lethal self-defense?

Preview 01:59

Ever used pepper spray, stun guns or a TASER before? Maybe one of those cute self-defense keychains that look like a cat? That's all representative of non-lethal self-defense! Learn about how to protect yourself in a less-lethal way.

What is Non-Lethal Self Defense?

In this lecture you will learn about the changing terminology as it regards non-lethal or less-lethal self-defense tools, especially from a legal or law enforcement standpoint.

Why "Less-Lethal" is More Accurate

When questioned on using pepper spray for protection, many people resort to saying that they have a "gun" and have no need for anything else. In this lecture you will learn that there are many reasons why lethal force is not a good option for self-defense.

Preview 08:55

Law enforcement officers operate on a "use of force" continuum when they engage a suspect. As a civilian, you too must work under the same framework. You cannot shoot someone who is unarmed, for example, unless there are exigent circumstances (e.g. multiple assailants, fearing for your life, etc). The use of force continuum will serve as a general guide of sorts, to help you be aware of the significance of excessive force in a civilian capacity.

Use of Force Continuum

Knowing what is going on around you at all times is THE biggest way to avoid or mitigate danger. In this lecture course I will show you how to stay aware of your surroundings, how to avoid complacency and provide tips on what to do and what not to do in order to stay safe.

Preview 09:17

Quiz #1 - "Non-Lethal" Self-Defense
5 questions
Personal Alarms
3 Lectures 06:59

The personal alarm cannot be used as an offensive weapon, but it can be used to create a lot of noise! In this lecture you will learn how this handy little device can get you out of a jam by ruining your attacker's element of surprise.

Personal Alarms

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of using personal alarms in self-defense.

Personal Alarms - Advantages & Disadvantages

See how a personal alarm functions.

How Personal Alarms Work

Quiz #2 - Personal Alarms
5 questions
Pepper Spray
3 Lectures 12:49

The most commonly used and most effective self-defense product: pepper spray! Learn why it is so effective and how you can use it to keep criminals at bay.

Pepper Spray

Understand that there are advantages and disadvantages to using any self-defense product. Pepper spray has its own, from the ability to effectively incapacitate an attacker to the fear of getting blowback from windy conditions. In this lecture we will discuss all of the positives and negatives, as well as briefly compare how pepper spray fares against other self-defense options.

Pepper Spray - Advantages & Disadvantages

Most people do not know how to properly hold their pepper spray. This video will show you the proper way to do so.

How to Hold Pepper Spray

Quiz #3 - Pepper Spray
5 questions
Electroshock Weapons
4 Lectures 18:43

It's a TASER?! It's a cattle prod?! No, it's a Stun Gun! One of the most commonly misunderstood self-defense tools, the stun gun is a direct contact device that can serve as a painful surprise to any attacker. In this lecture you will learn how the device functions and how it is used.

Stun Guns

While stun guns are visibly intimidating and shockingly painful, they do have downsides. In this lecture you will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of using this device for personal protection.

Stun Guns - Advantages & Disadvantages

Commonly known as TASERs, electronic control devices (ECDs) have the ability to temporarily immobilize the human body's central nervous system. A full 30-second shock allows a civilian to get away to safety, while 5-10 seconds allows a police officer or bounty hunter to subdue a suspect. In this lecture you will learn everything you need to know about the ECD as a self-defense tool.

Electronic Control Devices

Aren't TASERs stun guns and stun guns TASERs? No, there are actually quite distinct differences between the two. In this lecture you will learn the differences between the genericized "stun gun" and the TASER electronic control device (ECD).

Stun Guns vs. TASERs

Quiz #4 - Electroshock Weapons
5 questions
Impact Weapons
4 Lectures 16:31

Batons have been used throughout the centuries; first as a symbol of a police officer's authority and now as an icon of police brutality and riot control. The baton has changed in design over history, with the expandable baton being the most recent. In this lecture you will learn about the historical significance of the baton as both a tool of authority, as well as its mechanics in self-defense.

Expandable Batons

The Kubaton is a neat little self-defense tool that can hit pressure points all over the body, without causing damage like a knife would. In this lecture you will learn about the various pressure points as well as the pros and cons of this self-defense tool.

Preview 02:15

Tactical pens are both practical and devastating. Use for writing or for self-defense! In this lecture you will be taught how the tactical pen can be used as a striking tool in self-defense.

Tactical Pens

You've probably seen them: cute, hard plastic or metal keychains in the form of a cat or dog. Those self-defense keychains aren't just for show, but for self-defense as well. They may look cute, but they pack a punch! In this lecture you will learn about self-defense keychains and how to use them for self-defense.

Self-Defense Keychains

Quiz #5 - Impact Weapons
5 questions
What's Next?
2 Lectures 05:17

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About the Instructor
Ulrich Faircloth
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Personal Safety Instructor & Crime Prevention Consultant

Ulrich Faircloth is the Founder and Co-owner of Stun & Run Self Defense LLC, a personal protection and crime prevention company based in MInneapolis, MN. It is a business intent on preventing crime and saving lives, with an educational component of helping to encourage people to Take Action, Prevent Crime and Live Better.

Ulrich is a former crime prevention intern and Community Service Officer (CSO) with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). He graduated with a BA in Sociology from Beloit College, with an emphasis on public safety.

His passion for crime prevention and security awareness began with the MPD. Ultimately, he came to the conclusion that he did not want to be a police officer. Ulrich wanted to prevent crime rather than react to it, which is the fundamental purpose behind police departments and their officers. Wanting to be more involved with the community instead, he started his company as a way to help protect those in need.

Ulrich is a member of the National Crime Prevention Association (NCPA) and a dedicated instructor on non-lethal/less-than-lethal self-defense products.