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.

Projecting Power Through Verbal Control

If you exercise good situational awareness, you may be able to utilize verbal control to diffuse a situation before it turns physical. Verbal control is defined as using verbal communication in a forceful, definitive manner to influence a situation. Being forceful is more than physical action. A forceful presence also involves mindset, attitude and verbal communication.

By |2017-01-24T20:50:59-05:00January 24th, 2017|Hand-to-Hand Combatives, Self-Defense|0 Comments

The Role of Physical Fitness in Self-Defense

One of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a confrontation is often times physical fitness. Unfortunately, fitness is often neglected in self-defense training. A solid foundation of agility, balance, strength and endurance will be needed when in threatening situations. With a little planning and consistency, fitness can be a fun, routine part of your training regimen.

By |2017-01-19T17:18:46-05:00January 19th, 2017|Hand-to-Hand Combatives, Self-Defense|0 Comments

Offense Is Your Best Defense

Self-defense has a serious implication. The term implies that you are on the defense, reacting to someone's aggression towards you. By definition, you are at a disadvantage. It is always slower to react than to pro act. If you are reacting you are not in control. A well-planned offense is always better than a defense. Offense does not mean that you're attacking people at will. Rather, you are proactive in implementing a plan, diffusing situations and avoiding confrontations.

By |2019-03-04T20:08:32-05:00January 17th, 2017|Self-Defense|0 Comments

Be An Active Participant In Your Own Rescue

Self-defense is just that, taking care of yourself. You must plan for no help to be available and for your plans to fail when needed most. If you are serious about self-defense you must understand that you are the first responder. Police officers, medical personnel, and firefighters must be viewed as second responders. Understand that you must be an active participant in your own rescue.

By |2017-01-10T08:49:10-05:00January 10th, 2017|Self-Defense|1 Comment

Location Services: How They Threaten Your Safety

Social media has became a large part of our lives. Regardless of whether or not you have personal accounts, social media impacts your life. At a high level, location services collect data of where you've been. Location service can also calculate where you may go and when based on previous habits. Once data has been collected it's out of your control. New ways of analyzing existing data are being developed. What may seem harmless today may not be so tomorrow.

By |2017-01-09T12:46:11-05:00January 5th, 2017|Cyber Safety, Self-Defense|0 Comments

Self-Defense New Year’s Resolutions

As the new year approaches it is time to evaluate where we have been and where we want to go. It is time to get motivated, set some goals and enjoy the new beginning. Rarely, if ever, do we think of new year's resolutions in terms of self-defense. There are 5 specific self-defense related goals I want to achieve in 2017. By sharing them with you, I hope to motivate you to set some goals and make 2017 a safe year.

By |2017-01-09T12:22:56-05:00January 3rd, 2017|Self-Defense|0 Comments

The Best Pepper Spray for Self-Defense

Spoiler alert. If I could have only one pepper spray it would be the Fox Labs flip top 2oz canister with a stream spray pattern. In a future blog, I will discuss pepper spray for self-defense in great detail. This article cuts to the chase and looks at the benefits of what is considered to be one of the best pepper spray units for self-defense.

By |2018-09-01T08:09:33-05:00December 29th, 2016|Gear Review, Non-Lethal Weapons, Self-Defense|1 Comment

Self-Defense: Getting Your Loved Ones Onboard

Self-defense involves more than just ourselves. We must accept responsibility for the safety of our loved ones. Just as important, we must make them active participants in their personal protection. Here are some things you can do to make self-defense a family endeavor.

By |2016-12-26T19:52:32-05:00December 27th, 2016|Self-Defense|0 Comments

Force Multipliers: Overcoming a Disparity of Force

A self-defense force multiplier is an attribute that dramatically increases the effectiveness of a technique or weapon. Force multipliers are often justified when a disparity of force exists. Disparity of force is defined as a situation that any reasonable person would conclude places you at an overwhelming disadvantage in your effort to protect yourself against immediate and serious bodily injury. Understanding force multipliers and when to use them will help you prevail when the odds are against you.

By |2018-09-26T12:24:26-05:00December 22nd, 2016|Non-Lethal Weapons, Self-Defense|5 Comments

Cold Weather: How It Affects Your Self-Defense

This morning I awoke to sub-zero temperatures. Cold weather is most often associated with being uncomfortable. Cold weather has serious implications regarding your self-defense that need to be mitigated. Your must test your self-defense plans and actions in all environments you will face.

By |2016-12-20T06:44:45-05:00December 20th, 2016|Self-Defense|0 Comments