About David DiBella

Founder of Mindful Defense™, an effective system of self-defense for all skill levels regardless of age, gender or physical ability. David is a full-time martial arts and self-defense instructor at his studio, Overland Park Karate, in Overland Park, KS.

The Truth About Self-Defense: It’s a Lifestyle

Almost without exception, when I get an inquiry about self-defense training it is from people wanting to learn physical techniques that will allow them to escape from someone who is bigger, stronger, faster and determined to harm them. The reality of the matter is this. The overwhelming majority of problems can be avoided through good decision making, situational awareness and by making self-defense a lifestyle. If you make yourself an easy target and do not foresee and avoid trouble before it becomes a physical altercation, your chances of prevailing unharmed greatly diminish.

By |2018-10-01T07:58:40-05:00October 4th, 2018|Self-Defense|1 Comment

Parking Lots: Staying Safe in These Transitional Spaces

A lot of crimes take place in transitional spaces, parking lots being a prime example. Parking lots can be dangerous places. They are often poorly lit, isolated, full of strangers and empty stairwells. There are many things you can do to mitigate risk when going to and from your vehicle. Here are a few things to consider when going to and from your vehicle.

By |2018-09-20T11:49:58-05:00September 21st, 2018|Self-Defense, Vehicle Safety|0 Comments

What To Do If You Witness An Altercation

The news is full of cell phone videos of altercations, often extremely violent, taken by bystanders. What should you do if you witness an altercation? Unless a innocent person is in serious danger and you are capable of taking a calculated risk to help, your best option is more than likely to leave the area and call 911. Hanging around an altercation exposes you to a lot of risk, risk that could cost you your life. I will share two experiences to illustrate why hanging around trouble is never a good idea.

By |2018-08-30T20:17:35-05:00August 30th, 2018|Self-Defense|0 Comments

The Mollie Tibbetts Tragedy: Were Attack Indicators Present?

The nation has been riveted by the disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts, a college student from Iowa who mysteriously disappeared while jogging in a small, rural community. Cristhian Bahena Rivera, age 24, has been arrested on first-degree murder charges in connection with the case. Although it's very early to determine what exactly happened, information is starting to trickle in via media reports. Were attack indicators present that could have been processed and acted upon to alter the outcome of this tragedy? Most likely, yes.

By |2018-08-23T16:39:47-05:00August 22nd, 2018|Self-Defense|1 Comment

You Are The First Responder: Accept Responsibility For Your Self-Defense

Recent events, in particular active killers murdering school children, have once again started the discussion of "how others can protect us." We cannot control the action of others or depend on anyone to be there for us and our loved ones when we need them most.

By |2018-03-01T08:39:22-05:00March 1st, 2018|Self-Defense|0 Comments

5 Things That Make You An Easy Target

When bad people decide to do bad things to good people, they interview them first. This is an interview you want to make sure you fail. Criminals are opportunistic. They adapt and act on a moment's notice when an easy target presents itself. Criminals will "interview," or run potential victims through a checklist to determine if they are easy prey. Here are some common things an aggressor will look for when deciding to take action.

By |2017-04-24T10:04:35-05:00April 24th, 2017|Self-Defense|0 Comments