Everything You Need To Know About Pepper Spray – A Guide

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Justin Farrow sprays a sailor in the face with OC spray during a training course.

Pepper spray, self-defense spray, Mace - there are lots of names for those canisters of spray you can carry around and use to deter an assailant. But what are the differences between sprays? Which one is best?

There's a surprising amount of detail and options in choosing the right self-defense spray and in this article our goal is to explain the differences between the common options, how to pick the best one for your needs, debunking some myths, and everything you need to know to use self-defense spray effectively.

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Thank You Tuhon Leslie Buck!

Tuhon Leslie Buck at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts to teach Pencak Silat Mande Muda and Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

We at the Wik Academy wanted to thank Tuhon Leslie Buck for coming all the way from Austin, Texas to teach another amazing seminar this past weekend. We also wanted to thank everyone who took the time out of their weekends to join us in learning Pencak Silat and Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

We can't wait to have him back again!

Tuhon Leslie Buck at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts to teach Pencak Silat Mande Muda and Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Tuhon Leslie Buck at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts to teach Pencak Silat Mande Muda and Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

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11 Crucial Home Defense & Security Tips

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While there are countless reasons to pursue self-defense training, one we hear often from students when we ask them what motivated them to start training is that they want to know they can protect themselves and their loved ones.

Knowing how to physically defend yourself doesn't have to be the only method to do that. These 11 tips will make sure that if the worst does come to pass and you find yourself in a situation where you need to protect yourself and your home you'll have a higher chance of making sure everyone comes out of it safe. This is absolutely not a comprehensive list - there are a lot of things to consider in planning for a situation where an intruder has entered your home - but it will get you started.

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9 Women’s Self-Defense Myths

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The world of what makes good martial arts and self-defense is a complicated and muddy one. Narrow that down to women's self-defense and it's even worse. Like in the fitness and nutrition industry there’s a lot of conflicting advice, self-proclaimed experts passing off bad advice to make a quick buck, and pride alongside good, well-educated instructors.

It can be overwhelming to go through all of the conflicting advice to sort out what is true and what isn’t. Add to that the fact that fear is a daily part of many women’s lives and it’s easy to take the path of least resistance and look for anything that promises a quick, easy solution.

To make that process a little easier, let’s bust some of the common myths surrounding self-defense for women and help everyone make better choices.

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The Five Types of Martial Art

Boxing and Types of Martial Art at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts Cincinnati Ohio

Trying to choose a martial art to train in when you're just starting out can be daunting. Just here in the Cincinnati area there are so many to choose from with such a wide variety of backgrounds, structures, and goals - how can you know which is right for you?

One thing that can help you make an informed decision is knowing the five basic types of martial art. Once you understand those and where different arts fit in, you can decide what classes to take or arts to study based on your own goals.

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Wing Chun and Muay Thai Seminar Recap

Muay Thai at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts in West Chester Ohio with Khun Kru Raja

We wanted to thank Khun Kru Harun Raja again for coming out from his home in Greenville, South Carolina for another excellent Muay Thai and Wing Chun seminar last weekend! We're all tired, have some bruises, but we learned a ton and had so much fun.

Friday we had a small but awesome Wing Chun seminar with Sifu Raja where we learned applications and how the first form, Siu Nim Tao, translates to actual fighting and defense.

Saturday and Sunday were intense Muay Thai workshops covering and refining the clinch and side knees.

All in all it was an excellent seminar and we can't wait to have Sifu/Khun Kru Raja out again!

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An Introduction to Cane Fighting

As one of mankind's oldest weapons, it's hard to beat the simple effectiveness of the stick. Combine that with the fact that a walking cane can be carried in many places other tools like blades and firearms cannot and you have an extremely versatile force multiplier that can accompany you almost anywhere.

Due to the age of the weapon there are countless stick based systems. We're going to look past the common stick arts like Kali, Arnis, and Pekiti Tirsia and examine two arts we teach at the Wik Academy that utilize specifically the walking stick or cane.

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