Personal protection and self-defense go beyond the proverbial bar fight. It’s about surviving modern criminal conflicts such as strong-arm and armed robbery, carjacking, gang violence, assault and battery, caustic chemical attacks and other assaults. Crime Survival from Jim Wagner's Reality-Based Personal Protection DVD series includes step-by-step instructions for protecting other people the way bodyguards do. Learn about police contact, courtroom survival, the Jim Wagner gun-disarm rule and ways to survive multiple-assailant attacks. As a well-known defensive-tactics instructor, Sgt. Jim Wagner draws on more than three decades of experience in martial arts, police, military and special operations. For many years, Wagner wrote Black Belt’s High Risk column. His methods are used by many elite forces, including the Israeli Special Forces, FBI SWAT and Germany's GSG9 unit. Wagner is the creator of two Reality-Based Personal Protection DVD series, a multi-topic DVD series on survival tactics, and the author of two books: Reality-Based Personal Protection and Defensive Tactics for Special Operations, with the third (Protecting Others) in production for 2011 release. He remains in demand around the world, where he preaches the gospel of reality-based fighting, a genre he single-handedly defined.


That a director of my city's opera company would call me seemed a little odd. There are probably some monkeys who know more about opera than I do. But the director was inviting me to lunch, so of course I went.

It turned out the company was producing a performance of Madame Butterfly, the Puccini opera that tells the story of a doomed love between a French military officer and a geisha in early 19th-century Japan. The opera has come under fire for its stereotyped, utterly fanciful depictions of Japanese culture. The local company was trying to anticipate such criticism, and the director asked me, since I serve on the board of some organizations related to Japanese culture, what I thought.
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