My New Book – Psychological Self Defense – Is Now Out On Kindle!


psychological-self-defense-kindle-lookI’m happy to say that after much toil – and my wife pulling me away for a week, forcing me to finish it – my new Kindle book is now out on Amazon:

“Psychological Self Defense – How to Protect Yourself from Predators, Criminals and Sociopaths Before they Attack”

If you’ve ever wanted to learn self defense, but you just don’t have the time (or desire) – this book can help.

It will teach you how to protect yourself from predators and psychopaths before they attack.

Here’s a few things you’ll learn:

– How to be aware of your environment and spot trouble (so you can get out) before it starts

– How to read body language so you can uncover when someone has hidden hostile intentions towards you

– How to defend yourself against physical attackers and psychological predators.

– How to spot when someone is lying and conning you

– How to send the right non-verbal messages that completely turn predators off from targeting you as their next victim

– How to avoid confrontations and talk people down using verbal and visual skills.

– What to do if you can’t avoid a physical attack – to give yourself the best chance of surviving.

And much more!

I’m really proud of this book – a joint effort with my wife Kate – as I think it can be used to help a lot of people. Watching the recent tragic events in Boston, I realized just how important a book like this is.

Our world is growing more uncertain every day. And we need skills to combat the growing array of criminals, predators and sociopaths that are out there.

So I hope you enjoy it and that you find it useful. You can even read a free excerpt here (by clicking on the ‘Look Inside’ graphic on the book).


– Sifu Chuck


Is Someone Lying To You?

3 Ways To Spot A Liar


spot-a-liarIs someone lying to you? How do you know? Do you know how to spot a liar?

I’m currently writing a book on the psychology of self defense with my wife – who has a psychology background and a lot of knowledge when it comes to people and body language. One of the topics we’re covering is how to spot a liar.

Being able to tell when someone is lying to you is a very handy skill set to have. I’m not talking here about the every day white lies that people tell like “Sure that haircut looks good on you, honey.” or “I think your mother is wonderful, dear.”

I’m talking about someone who is lying to you in order to con you, swindle your or take something from you that you’re not willing to give. When someone is lying to you in this way, it is an act of covert aggression towards you. And just like you have to be able to defend yourself physically, you should also be able to defend youself psychologically.

So while this is a huge topic in itself, I thought I’d list 3 of the most common signs that people give off when they’re lying to you:


#1 The Mouth Cover

When someone’s lying, they may cover their mouth a lot. This goes back to the impulse that children have to immediately cover their mouths after they tell a whopper.


#2 The Momentary Pause

If someone is lying, you may notice that they take momentary pause before answering a question.

For example, if you ask someone “Did you take the money out of my purse?”, a truthful person will be able to answer you right away – ‘Yes’ or ‘No”. That kind of answer should not take a few seconds to think about – unless you’re trying to come up with a lie that sounds plausible.

Note that this only applies to questions that most people should know the answer to immediately – not for questions that they should rightfully have to think about first like “What were you doing last Saturday?” or “What did you have for dinner last Tuesday night?”

In those cases there should be a pause before the person answers (since they are taking time to access their memories). If they answer too quickly in that situation, it can actually mean they’re lying.


#3 They Repeat Your Question Back To You 

A police officer once told me that the number one way he knows a suspect is lying is when they repeat his question back to him.

“Do you have drugs in your car?”

“Are you asking me if I have drugs in my car officer?”

“Did you hit that woman?”

“So you’re asking me if I hit her?”

Like the pause in #1 above, this is another way the person is playing for time in order to come up with a lie that sounds plausible.

So those are three common ways to spot a liar. There are many more, which I’ll be posting in the future – so stay tuned!

P.S. If you want to get first access to the book when it comes out – at a discount – sign up for my Sifu Chuck Newsletter here!


Your Best Defense When It Comes To Personal Protection


“Self Defense is primarly about not being there when the other guy wants to fight.” Lawrence A. Kane adn Kris Wilder, The Little Black Book of Violence

dangerWhen it comes to personal protection, the best defense is not having to defend yourself at all – avoiding the situation. Every experienced martial artist will tell you that the best fight is the one you never get into in the first place.

And the number one way to do this is by using the skill of awareness. Although this seems obvious, the sad truth is that most of us are not aware.

All you have to do is go out on the street and observe people around you. How many of them are really aware of what’s going on around them?

Most of them are too busy texting, talking on their phones or surfing the net on their laptop to notice their surroundings.They wouldn’t even notice if they were walking into oncoming traffic.

But being aware of your surroundings can save you from a whole heap of trouble.

It can help you observe changes in energy and atmosphere. It can help you spot things that are out of the norm – and therefore possible red flags. It can help you notice people who are targeting you from afar – or people who seem just a little too interested in you.

How do you increase you level of awareness?

First of all, I find it helpful to take some time and observe other people and their level of awareness. Go to a mall or another heavily traffic area on a Saturday and just watch. How many people seem really aware of their surroundings to you?

Probably very few.

This can help motivate you to practice raising your level of awareness. It can also help to raise your level of awareness when it comes to observing people. You’ll start to be able to tell what’s normal – and what’s not. You’ll be able to see when someone is agitated, hyper or boiling angry. You’ll be able to spot when someone is eerily cool in a situation where they shouldn’t be (like at a concert or after just finding out they lost their job).

The second thing you can do is to practice awareness by using your senses – not just your sight, but your hearing and even your smell as well. For example, close your eyes right now and ask yourself what you hear. Is it normal for the situation you’re in?

What do you smell – anything out of the ordinary?

Being aware means using all of your senses to assess the environment around you. It also means keeping these senses free from distraction (avoiding texting or talking on the phone in certain situations).

Try these things and you’ll start to refine your awareness skills. Then you’ll be able to see trouble ahead – so you can avoid it in the first place!


Share Your Experience:

Has being aware of your surroundings ever helped you avoid danger? Tell me about it!