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Hanshi Kaufman’s Ultimate Self-Defense Courses

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Functional, Dependable and Realistic, Personal Self-Defense and Safety Consciousness Against Armed and Unarmed Attacks

Taught by World Renowned Grandmaster & Educator

Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman

Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-defense is a practical course of instruction geared for today’s society on how to execute definitive self-defense technique without fear or stress while conditioning the self to be aware of surroundings. Participants learn to develop personalized systems for their own well-being by not being restricted to exact procedures, all within the constraints of legality.

There are two phases to the full course, each taught separately.

Phase I begins with ideas and concepts of safety consciousness, going step-by-step through defenses against unarmed attacks (front, rear, sitting, stairwell, and elevator). Students also learn to use a cane and/or walking stick as an additional adjunct to fundamental training.

Phase II deals with armed attacks (sticks and clubs, knives and bottles, multiple assailants, and guns).The courses of instruction clearly detail appropriate methods to employ, including variations in technique, and stresses the survival mentality attitude that frees the will to act when necessary. This comprehensive course includes functional panic control and disabling techniques without the use of grappling. Designed to stop an attack, the courses do not rely on cosmetic or showy technique.

Available where YOU are. If you are interested in a Hanshi Kaufman seminar, contact me for details @hanshikaufman@gmail.com.

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Self-defense: Knife Attacks

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Knife Attack #1

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REALITY CHECK! Brutality cannot be stressed adequately in this countering sequence. There is nothing worse than doing something without conviction. Counterattack with correct rhythm and timing; function with spirit and total resolve to destroy this attacker.

1 – As the knife begins to come down, and with a scream of gutmost intensity, step to the outside of the knife arm while simultaneously driving your fingers into the eyes of the attacker with the opposite hand and pull your hand back faster than you sent it out. The attacker’s reflex may cause you injury as the knife is directed in the direction of your attack. Jump back.

2 – If necessary, take another breath, continue to scream and drive your rear foot into the groin area with full force and conviction. Jump back for balance to get out of the way of the knife arm that may be returning in a slashing movement. Fingers to the eyes will stagger the attacker and he may begin to slash wildly at anything. Be fast and be careful.

3 – Having jumped back and away, fire another kick to the groin or shin. The attacker, temporarily disabled, will give you time to get away.

4 – Run

The main idea is to get to safety and not continue a relentless counterattack. When you have executed with force and resolve, with the proper technique of screaming, quickness, power, and form, you will have finished.

Excerpt from Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-defense.

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Practicing Hanshi Kaufman’s Ultimate Self-defense Technique

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Ultimate Self-defense Seminars

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This is a unique opportunity to have Hanshi Kaufman come into your school and deliver a full-blown seminar that will leave your students breathless … and dangerous. The four or six-hour seminar is open to all ages and genders, with or without martial arts experience. All attendees receive a signed copy of the book. Photos and taping will be ALLOWED.

Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-defense is based on Musashi’s Book of Five Rings, which has sold over 1,500,000 copies world-wide. Hanshi’s book has influenced countless martial artists for almost a quarter of a century and is destined to have a lasting impact for many years to come.

The book is completely unillustrated, and here’s why! A picture may be worth 1000 words, but a well-placed exemplary word, well positioned, and expertly defined, eliminates the need for a picture when it represents an abstract idea, rather than a concrete representation that can be misunderstood. While pictures can and do, in some instances, illustrate a particular idea, keep in mind that in the earliest stages of development, words are the manner of communicating ideas from the purest source of mental development. A great deal of thought has gone into this non-illustrated approach and agreed to by many of the world’s leading experts in martialist training. You do not need a picture of what a foreknuckle is. You do not need a picture of what a knee is or, for that matter, what a jab into someone’s eyes with your fingers is. You know that intuitively, instinctively, and just from being aware of the different parts of your body. Pictures, in many instances, limit the ability of the imagination to define its own reality. Incorrect assumptions of how to do a specific thing are restricting because, in many instances, the person looking at the picture will try to imitate the action according to what they see and not according to how they physically should act. This book will change your entire perspective on the subject presented to you for your own desired level of mastery. It will force you think and, in that manner, you will become that much more effective and efficient, and secure. Read the book, study the method, and you will understand. You will also become extraordinarily proficient.

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New Self-defense Book is Here!


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Randy L. Whynacht

Founder and Director, Whynacht Security & Survival

The honour of being asked to write this forward proves that my friendship with Stephen Kaufman has come a long way since I first “met” him on a Saturday afternoon in 1994. I was walking by the front window of a book store in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, when a singular tome caught my eye and soon became a well I still drink from annually, each year, from what I flatter myself by regarding as an ever more elevated perspective. The book was his interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi’s “Book of Five Rings.” While a horse from the same stable, this book is one of a slightly different colour, but sharing a common philosophy that applies to self-preservation in any time and any place. For everything you will read here is predicated on one very specific point, summed up in two sentences you’ll encounter very early on — “You are the one who determines if your life is worth fighting for and, quite possibly, killing for. You determine if your life is worth living and, in certain situations, that of your family and loved ones.” There it is! In no other endeavour is it considered prudent to avoid all preparation aimed at surviving life or death situations, and yet it is all too common for the eyes and mind to be averted in hope that, “It won’t happen to me.” Well, there is advice in this book intended to help the reader minimize the chance that it ever will, but the time to decide if you can learn and unleash violence against another human being is now, and not in the moment of truth. It is quite rightly said that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away, and the only true “first responder” is that one standing before the threat. We live in a time when the aged and infirm, pregnant women or mothers with young children, none can expect their station in life to guarantee mercy and decent conduct from all they may come to encounter; but, you can be aware. By your wiles and actions, you can confound the predator, and in extremis, you can fight. Fight to win, good reader, and accepting as you must that even the strongest and best prepared may still lose, resolve that if you do, your foe will join you in defeat. Drink deep.

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Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-Defense

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From Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-Defense

Why this book is NON-ILLUSTRATED

A picture may be worth a 1000 words, but a well-placed, exemplary word, and expertly defined eliminates the need for a picture when it represents an abstract idea rather than a concrete representation that can be misunderstood.

While pictures can and do, in some instances, illustrate a particular idea, keep in mind that in the earliest stages of development, words are the manner of communicating ideas from the purest source of mental development. A great deal of thought has gone into this non-illustrated approach and agreed to by many of the world’s leading experts in martialist training.

You do not need a picture of what a foreknuckle is. You do not need a picture of what a knee is or, for that matter, what a jab into someone’s eyes with your fingers is. You know that intuitively, instinctively, and just from being aware of the different parts of your body.

Pictures, in many instances, limit the ability of the imagination to define its own reality. No one has to tell you how to use a knife and a fork. Even in a society that does not use such implements, a sharp stick will always suffice to stab the food before putting it into your mouth.

This book will change your entire perspective on the subject presented for your own desired level of mastery. It will force you think and, in that manner, you will become that much more effective, efficient, and secure.

Proceeding through this method, you will become aware of positive physical changes in muscle tone and revitalized physical strength based on how you practice, thereby making you more efficient and effective. The emphasis on breathing will enable correct massaging of your internal organs, giving them the oxygen needed. A warm-up plan is included to get your blood flowing.

Before starting, you should realize that anyone can attack anyone for any reason and at any time; therefore, it is necessary to understand yourself regarding a physical attack. Knowing how to do this will also assist you in getting out of adverse situations quickly and safely, mostly without having to physically deal with confrontations.

Follow the text carefully and think about what you are going to do before you proceed to execute the techniques. Write down any questions you have and, after your workout, read them back to yourself. You will find that as your mind and body become familiar with new functions, the answers will reveal themselves.

Think of self-defense and safety consciousness as a life-enhancing learning process that increases overall confidence: mentally and physically. Throughout the book, I will refer to and explain an attitude called Maintaining the Spirit of Life. This is a basic idea associated with self-preservation.


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An Answer to My Grandson

I am fortunate to have a grandson who comes to me when he has questions about the ways and means of the world and, when he does, I must make sure that I am answering him in a manner that will help him get a firm perspective of the world, without any of my undue influence.

Question: Hey Pop, what do you think of religion, god, etc. I just looked at Chapter 11 in the Shogun’s Scroll, and I understand the take on it in regards to conquering except to appease the followers after or during the regime change. How can these ideals be implemented today with the rising power of violent and hate filled religious groups? Specifically, how can we respect any faiths and simultaneously realize that it is one of the driving factors and, in some cases, the entire cause of an inconceivable level of sadness throughout human existence? I’ve felt a lot of personal pressure to speak out against religions, but I don’t want to alienate people or be overly brash with them. I want to have a career in music, and I don’t want to alienate my audience because of my beliefs. However, I don’t want to just stay silent in the face of many people who I feel need perspective. I know I’ve rambled a bit; I hope you can sort through this.

Answer: Let me see if I can put some cogency into your rambling, though I know where you are coming from. The confusion of your questions is based on the inability of humanity to make logical sense out of the conditions we are being forced to live with, through misdeeds of our own. No one is exempt, and we are all responsible for the morass of confusion and frustration. Without getting into a go nowhere rant on religious fervor, suffice to say it is because of the lack of godliness in the world. That said …

An easy and simplistic answer would be by having in control a firm but just government that seeks to quell the fears of all of its citizens, without showing favor to any one group in particular and without trying to directly influence outside cultures. Historically, that doesn’t work, especially in a polyglot or a multi-racial society where constantly opposing factions seek to dominate other factions of the group in order to curry favor for their own agendas. The result is generally a form of anarchy, which also doesn’t work and leads to chaos until and unless there is total domination of one group over another, but that can only last for a finite time. Then, of course, comes war and all of its attendant vexations. War is merely an extension of man’s fear of the unknown based on presumed arrogance; therefore, we invent methods of additional control called democracy, socialism, communism, fascism, hippiism…. whatever.

When taking over control of an entire culture, whether by military force, societal castigation, or by levying economic difficulty, it must be done with such force that any aspect of the remaining culture hides away in an effort to survive until enough resources are available for an uprising. All global societies are running rampant today, along with the obnoxious terror perpetrated on us from all corners of the world as part of instant communications that hardly ever allows actual conditions to be reported in an objective format. Add to that the controlling forces seeking to enslave all of humanity for their own purposes, which go beyond the speculation of this writer and the absurd notion of miniscule catastrophes created to deter the masses from knowing what actually is happening on a broader scale.

Horrible things such as the Orlando massacre, the Cherokee Trail of Tears, the Holocaust, the internment of Japanese in WW2, the usurpation of the Palestinians by their own kind, unmitigated hatred toward Israel, American decomposition of the middle East, etc., on and on and on will continue to occur until sanity takes the helm of humanity and respect for another idea or thought can prevail. I randomly picked these examples with no ulterior motive. The Romans are gone; the Greeks are gone; the Aztecs are gone; the Nazis are gone; probably the Klingons are gone … you get the drift. (Curiously, the Jews are still here even after the travails suffered and who appear to be the conscience of the world. Save that for another discussion in its own time.) It remains within the leadership of any culture to acknowledge the alleged rights and non-violation of everyone else. Difficult at best, because each individual group foists its mythology on all others, even those who are in agreement with them.

To speak out against religion has always been the province of the young in their attempt to alleviate the disparities between cultures and societies, and so I won’t waste time involved with a pissing contest on that subject. The old adage about the grass being greener on the other side is always prevalent, especially when looking back at the grass just left.

The result of concerted frustration is mass confusion in an attempt to bring order to a situation that relishes its own demise. Government is essential to maintain order in whatever form it takes. The problem is that governments are run by those with the financial strength to perpetrate their own inconsequence and insignificance on a mass of people who simply want something to eat, a blanket to cover their children at night, and the ability to stand tall and proud in front of their women. (Yeah, I’m sexist and, while we are at it, I’m also racist, exactly to the extent as every other living creature on the planet since time began.) Even giraffes and water buffalo have conflicting issues.

You are asking me for an answer to a question that has always plagued humankind. The only intelligent answer I can give you is to maintain focus on what it is you want to accomplish and, at the same time, do what is required of you to maintain your own celibacy of conscience.

You will invariably make enemies; you will invariably make mistakes; you will invariably cause pain to others, and you will invariably bring joy. That is the way of the world, and that is the way of life until you connect with your own true higher self that only you can define. Your salvation will be your art and not your opinion. (That is my opinion – ;-))

Love, Papa

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Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-defense

My forthcoming book, Hanshi Kaufman’s Guide to Ultimate Self-defense, is for anyone interested in learning correct and effective self-defense strategies and methods based on realistic ideas of safety awareness and self-preservation. There are no tricks taught or used. Instead, effective technique explained in-depth verbally illustrates the correct attitudes to maintain while you are learning. Leaving nothing to chance, important points are stressed with many “street smarts” tips.

This is a physical system for physical situations, and the many definitions will help you develop an understanding of correct defense postures and forms. These will empower you to act intelligently, quickly, and with power and authority. Form, rhythm, and spirit stressed throughout will enable you to become more focused and proficient.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Attitudes Towards Training

Chapter 2 – Correct Mental Attitudes

Chapter 3 – Warming Up before Practice

Chapter 4 – Your Personal Arsenal


Chapter 5 – Front Attacks

Chapter 6 – Side Attacks

Chapter 7 – Rear Attacks

Chapter 8 – Sitting Attacks

Chapter 9 – Stairwells and Elevators


Chapter 10 – Sticks, Clubs, Jagged Weapons

Chapter 11 – Gang, Carjacking, Grounding Attacks

Chapter 12 – The Horrors of Knife Attacks

Chapter 13 – The Reality of Gun Attacks

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Forthcoming Self-defense Book

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Follow the instructions in this book step-by-step and you will become a master of fierce, retaliatory capability.

With over 60 years of teaching and practical experience, Hanshi Stephen F. Kaufman has created a formidable self-defense, self-protection system based on his Hebi Ryu Budo (School of the Snake) martialist philosophy. You will find no nonsense, quaint ideas, or clever tricks about clever tricks.

If you really want to learn the “real deal,” then THIS book is all you will ever need.

Make no mistake. This book is quintessential to the subject.

Stephen F. Kaufman, Hanshi

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Query from student whom I consider erudite in many things and not one to waste time by asking frivolous questions.

Q: Sir, I would like to get your thoughts on revenge. Is it ever appropriate in these modern times to exact revenge on a person that has done you bad? Sun Tzu said if you wait by the river long enough, you will see all of your enemies float by. I get the analogy, as either life takes care of them in due time, or their other enemies take them out for you. Thoughts?

A: I have given good thought to your query and, having come up with various approaches to my ideas, I decided to quote from my own book, The Shogun Scrolls, originally published in 1996 by Tuttle. My thoughts on the subject have not changed.


Revenge is a virtuous act and its intelligent application is an essential quality to a powerful shogun. However, revenge does not work without difficulties, and although it appears to be profitable at certain times, it is best carried out long after an incident has been quelled. Even better, revenge can be applied most effectively when the event has been practically forgotten. When it is dealt out to those requiring it, it must be done in a fashion that deeply impresses everyone—from the emperor to the common serf. It must be done in such a manner that any ideas of duplicating the act would be thought of as madness.

In time, the strongest warriors will be subject to foolish behavior regardless of the amount of care taken to prevent its occurrence. Attacks come in many forms and are sometimes difficult to discern, especially when you are in the position of delegating authority to subordinates. Revenge is usually necessitated by acts against the shogunate from the inner guard. The problems may stem from without, but usually the damage is instigated from within, and more than likely by trusted subjects.

Care must be taken that you do not become obsessed with revenge. You must not become mean-spirited. There are two ways for revenge to be exacted. One is quietly, dictating terrible misfortune that no one could have foreseen. The other is done openly, and with a terrible effect, guaranteeing that no one would ever consider a like act against you for the remainder of their lives. The method depends upon your temperance. It must make itself evident to all who are aware of the reason for it.

The person at whom the revenge is directed must remain alive to see the horror that is visited upon him. He must be the last of his bloodline to be destroyed regardless of the method used. The punishment meted out must be so complete that no possibility of reprisal is possible. Things that can be done to others as acts of revenge are only limited by the imagination. Revenge should be extracted with such a degree of horror that the perpetrator’s ancestors scream from the grave.

Ishikai Nobunaga was a master at levying revenge. For deeds done against him by his wife’s family, he began a reign of terror against them that lasted for years until they were finally wiped from existence. The reasons they carried out their acts to wreak his revenge were founded in terrible jealousy of his position in the court of Emperor Kicho and their acts were nothing in comparison the penalty they paid for their insolence. He began slowly, and long after the deed against him had been perpetrated, by causing them to dispute rumors from within their own houses. When they came to be filled with anger at each other, he then began to destroy their means of livelihood making each of his wife’s cousins appear to each other as thieves forcing them to devise acts of retribution against each other, which culminated in bloodshed. They even came to him hoping he would assist in quelling the family problems. In essence, they gave him permission to further breakdown their bloodlines. When they were totally weakened he watched as they finally destroyed each other.

It is always best to permit your enemy to kill himself. Half-hearted attempts at revenge invite retribution and must be avoided at all costs. It must be done in a matter-of-fact manner. Physical revenge should be delayed until all other means have been executed. To crush the spirit and destroy the offender’s mind is the best way to begin. Death should be saved for last. In the beginning, techniques of revenge should include minor inconveniences and petty annoyances building up to a thorough deterioration of the antagonist’s body, mind, and spirit.

© Stephen F. Kaufman 1996 – 2016

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