Keeping Yourself Safe: Self Defense Awareness Month

January 7, 2010
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

January is National Self Defense Awareness Month, so Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone starts off 2010 by interviewing two of the best instructors around: retired US Army Special Agent (and Bronze Star recipient), Susan Baldwin, now an Inspector with the Department of Homeland Security, who is the founder of the Personal Protection Institute in Tempe, AZ, and chairperson of the Association for Women's Self Defense Advancement (AWSDA); and master trainer Lee Aldridge, founder of Reality Based Fighting Concepts in Albuquerque, MN, who has more than 40 years of combined martial arts and defensive tactics experience, and works nationally with both women and men (beginners and advanced practitioners like law enforcement and government agencies) with training devices such as the Bulletman Suit, the Shocknife and “Gun Sims.” Lee also happens to be one of Susan’s own teachers. And, stay tuned for Susan’s strategies for using your brains instead of your muscles in a fight!

Crime Prevention 101

Crime Prevention 101

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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!

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Susan Bartelstone

Susan Bartelstone

Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.

Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.

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