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Be Your Own Bodyguard for Women - Self Defense

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Digital Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: byob prod
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002CK8JE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Be Your Own Bodyguard is a self-defense course is like no other. Learn, hands-on, practical and effective self-defense techniques. This course covers the physical, emotional and psychological aspects of self-defense including avoiding confrontations and simple / effective techniques to gain an advantage if you are attacked.

The enhanced DVD features picture in picture technology to guide you through training as well as an interactive menu, that lets you chose which lessons you would like to learn.

The course takes place in real life scenarios: on the street, out and about, at the car, at home, etc. You will learn from Robert Cabral, a police tactics instructor and personal security specialist with more than 20 years of experience. There are no complicated martial art techniques to learn and no need to find someone dressed in a "big rubber suit". This course is about practical and effective techniques that most anyone can learn and apply. The course also covers practical safety topics, steps anyone can take to protect themselves in their personal lives. Understanding how frustrating it can be to try to learn something by watching an expert, in this, the Women’s Course, Robert found a woman with no previous experience in self-defense or martial arts and guides her along, as she learns—so do you.

There are two courses, one for men and one for women. The courses are quite different and it is recommended that you select the appropriate course.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Your Own Bodyguard for Women-Self Defense March 25, 2006
I am a martial artist of over 21 years. I am an instructor in Combat Hapkido and have studied various styles. I own several instructional videos on different Martial Arts and Self Defense Instruction. One rater wondered if they had bought a good video or not because it was her first one. I'll assure you that this is a good video. For the most part the quality is great as is the filming.

I was impressed with this DVD course. I liked the format. I liked the idea that he used an inexperienced woman in this DVD. Although I do know it takes more than just watching a video to learn Self Defense, (mainly practicing techniques and preventative measures) I still believe that there was a lot of very good informative material in this video. 99% of Self Defense is awareness and prevention (not putting yourself in a bad situation if you can avoid it) and you'll see this in this video. He teaches many important lessons that all women and men should know. The weapons in the purse was a great addition, (other weapons are all over your house). After watching this video, maybe you will begin to see the world a little differently. If you do, then a large part of the Self Defense battle will be won, (awareness). What is going on around you! You're important, watch out for your safety!

I watched this with my wife, she liked it. She was saying things like, "If that happened to me, I'd do this." Well, it got her thinking. That is what is important, thinking!!!

Great things are stressed in this video, important things that all women should know. The price of this DVD is reasonable. It is my feeling that if I buy an instructional video and I have learned even one thing that I could use one day then it was worth every penny.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Learned So Much-- 5 Stars February 26, 2006
I imagine like most women, I was reluctant, at first, to watch a DVD on Self Defense, but I did so at the recommendation of a friend of mine who had purchased this video. Roberts approach to teaching is quite different from what I expected. I felt at ease and was able to understand what he meant in his descriptions and explanations. I thought it was very interesting that the person he taught in the course was a beginner too, and I was able to follow along and see the mistakes that she made, and that I would make and how Robert corrected them. A good thing with this course was the way it explains everything, there is a small screen that appears inside the lessons that guides you along and explains everything; I thought this was a very good idea. The lessons went through so much that watching it once is just not enough. The video covers self defense techniques (hands on), as well as preventative measures that I have employed around my house and there is a great section where Robert goes through the woman's purse and explains how to use common items as self defense weapons.

Another good feature about the DVD is that there are menus that allow me to watch only the techniques or jump from lesson to lesson as I wish. I've watched the DVD several times, and the one time I did have a question I e-mailed the course and Robert himself e-mailed me back directly the answer to my question. NOW THAT'S CUSTOMER SERVICE! Bravo Robert, I'm telling all my friends about this video.

I've watched the DVD several times, and the one time I did have a question I e-mailed the course and Robert himself e-mailed me back directly the answer to my question. NOW THATS CUSTOMER SERVICE! Bravo Robert, I'm telling all my friends about this video.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for Technical Production 5 Stars for content... February 10, 2006
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Robert Cabral does a great job at covering most of the potential situations that can occur, showing you how to protect yourself if you are attacked. He also offers helpful tips on what not to do and how to protect your personal information. After you see about 30 minutes of the DVD and you see how big the trainer is compared to Cabral, you start to realize that if you were ever attacked by someone his size, you would hardly stand a chance of getting away unless you are willing to really hurt your attacker and Cabral does stress this in the DVD. He shows the participant how to overcome those barriers, but that is more mental programming. When I decided to buy it I thought this DVD might be about the mental aspects as opposed to the physical aspects of self protection, it is rather a combination. I really liked the part where Cabral goes through the participants handbag, showing her various items she can use to ward off an attacker and again this all boils down to letting go of the fear of using those things to hurt someone if you have to. Having used an untrained participant helps you to see how you might react in any of the situations presented and not how you think you might react. This is a +++++. Maybe women should get the men's version also.

The biggest complaint I have about this DVD is the technical aspects. The lighting at the beginning is terrible. Many of the scenes in the first few minutes are washed out and you can barely see what's going on. By washed out I mean that the camera lighting was too bright and it washed out the scene quite a bit. At one point you can't tell the participants blue shirt from the glaring white light, as in too much lighting. It gets better after about 5 minutes but there are a few scenes further into the DVD with the same problem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good dvd!
Published 2 months ago by craig Burman
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this to every female you know.
Wow. I'm getting ready to go overseas and needed some practical advice. This instructional DVD is absolutely perfect. The combination of the "untrained" (blonde! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charlotte Versagi
4.0 out of 5 stars Self Defense for Women
I know have some new knowledge on how to hopefully defend myself and my loved ones from an attacker, without the use of a weapon. If I don't have one handy at the time.
Published 7 months ago by L Larremore
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and very long.
It offers great tips. Although, some tips are dated like using a cell phone with an antenna is a good potential weapon, but no one has that version any more. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by Fit Tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Video
This looks like a lame-o check DVD but the instructor is excellent. It's really a good product. It just looks cheap. He's section on home security is esp. good.
Published on October 5, 2011 by animal lover 25
5.0 out of 5 stars BASIC Self-defense One-on-One on location scenarios & being AWARE...
Menu choices: play, 16 chapter choices & play all techniques only & play all discussions only.
In each scenario Robert Cabral has a petite blond beginner Jane (on picture) be... Read more
Published on February 10, 2008 by Lena, Massage Therapist
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Tips
If you're looking for the basics of self defense, this is a good DVD.

It shows basic moves: go for the attacker's nose, the groin, the throat, the back of the knees, eye... Read more
Published on September 22, 2007 by Bea Shalla
1.0 out of 5 stars DEFECTIVE DVD
When on videotape, this probably was great! The content and videography and sound are fantastic! Unfortunately, my DVD repeatedly froze up and I returned the product. Read more
Published on July 19, 2007 by James D. Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars DAMAGED DVD (BAD BURNED / COPY)
The DVD came damaged. I was only able to play the first 15 minutes and then the screen frozed. Tried cleaning it, replaying it, but it kept freezing at the same scene. Read more
Published on April 22, 2007 by M. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
I bought this DVD for my wife a few weeks ago. She sat down and watched it right away, although a little reluctant. Read more
Published on October 28, 2004 by rich at the beach
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