Practical Martial Artist and Author

(To read about Kathryn Pascal, click here.)

You Don’t Look Like a Martial Artist

Keith Pascal here,

Do you have the physique of a Bruce Lee, a Jean Claude Van Damme, or a Scarlett Johanson (if you’re female)?

I certainly don’t.

But guess what!

You don’t need the muscles of a bodybuilder, action superstar, or limelight martial artist to be able to feel secure and confident in your city or town.

Even carrying around some extra weight, I lead a very confident life, completely free from the fear of bad-guy hazards.

I’m sure you’d agree that there are confident people who are overweight, and underweight … or just-the-right weight. It’s great if you’re musclebound and know how to use those muscles for self-defense, but just remember…

People who can handle themselves come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t necessarily look like the Hollywood stereotype martial artist. =>

No matter what you look like, or how strong or weak you are, you can take steps to lead a safer life, both by acquiring self-defense skills and by incorporating some of the tips that I’m going to share with you. (I figured it out, and so can you. This website is here so you can acquire the skills and mindset to lead a life free from fear.)

If you want to take martial arts, that’s something that you’d do locally. I’m not involved in your local scene; the best I can do is lend an opinion, based on what you tell me….

This website is for all the rest of what it takes to lead both a safer and more confident life. No kidding. I help from this site.

Even though I left the high-school classroom, teaching is in my blood, and I’ll always be a teacher in one way, shape, or form.

You might say, I left high school teaching in order to reach a bigger audience.

You are part of that audience – people who want to lead a safer life and teach your family and friends to be safer, as well. I’m with you; I get it.

You have this need to be free from the creep-o-zoids out there.  You want to practically radiate a quiet confidence wherever you go. You’d prefer it if everyone had the same dose of niceness that you do, but that’s impossible. There are bad people out there, and these bad people want to do harm to the nice ones.

In your mind, you don’t want these people to ruin your life or even to affect it negatively. You need to be able to avoid such conflicts, end them without fighting when you can, and do what it takes to survive, if “action” becomes necessary.

I had that same need … and was fortunate enough to learn from one of the best martial arts teachers on the planet.

Back then, I decided to only be interested in practical self-defense. No tournament stuff for me. (I still feel that way, to this day. If it won’t keep you safer, then I’m not interested. Do you have that same desire to feel relaxed and confident in any situation?)

Over the years, with some help of some very skilled practitioners, I have … learned to handle those situations. And I love sharing what I have discovered with others who want to be safe and free from fear.

In fact, so much so, that I started teaching my first self-defense class through the local parks and recreation department in 1982.

Hey, if you aren’t into punching and kicking, don’t click away!

You don’t have to be a martial artist to feel safe … or to make use of You might not even have to take classes in self-defense. And you don’t have to spend money in this pursuit; although at some point, I’d encourage you to at least buy a copy of the main parable, Tiptoeing to Tranquility. (Don’t worry. If you ever want an enjoyable hour or two of useful, and entertaining reading, Tiptoeing… is very reasonably priced … even more so as a download.)

Still, there is a lot of information for Free on this website and in the newsletter (especially in the newsletter)….

Sign up for the online newsletter on tips for staying safe. In addition to those tips, you’ll get links to practical articles emailed to you — links that are NOT accessible from the main website.

Remember, writing is my passion, and so is making sure that you lead a safe life. And that’s what this site is about.


Keith, What Are Your Credentials

The “martial arts bug” bit when I was six years old, but I didn’t discover super-practical methods of self-defense until I turned 20. And I have been into martial arts strategies, tactics, and techniques ever since. Even though practical martial arts is my passion, I also understand how people want to be safe without becoming a “neighborhood ninja.”

Practical self-defense is my passion, but it may not be yours. The need to be able to protect myself and my friends began early….

At six, I started with Judo … but my teacher moved to Japan. So, those classes were short-lived.

Next, in my early teens, I spent a year studying Tae Kwon Do. Because of a physical limitation, I saw that I was never going to progress beyond a certain point.
So, when I was 15 and 16, I switched to a traditional Shotokan Karate class. Even though I liked the teacher and some of the blackbelts, I felt that this style wouldn’t serve me either.

Then, at 20, I started full time with Steve Golden, an original Ed Parker and
Bruce Lee student. And he has been my teacher for over 35 years. (I found what worked for me.)

And yes, I earned my black belt AND teacher’s certification from him in 1985, in Twin Dragons and also JKD.

By the way, in 2000, at age 40, I turned away from high school teaching and decided to “write martial arts full time.” And I never looked back.

That means I’ve been writing practical martial arts information, and suggestions for leading a safe life, for over 16 years.

Along the way, in addition to tons of practical self-defense articles, books, and ebooks, I have written children’s fiction, magic ebooks, and a couple of business parables. I really enjoy writing and reading parables that teach you how to do something. (I’m especially a sucker for business parables.)

In fact, while reading a save-your-money story, I brainstormed the idea of teaching people how to be safer by reading a parable. As you guessed, Tiptoeing to Tranquility was the result.

If you have any questions, please ask. I’m Keith Pascal. Here’s the link to the contact page.

(To read about Kathryn Pascal, click here.)

And if you’re ready to do a mindset shift, you can lead a more secure life, free from the worry of attack, bullying, or hassle by the real sh*t-heads in our society.

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