• Hello

    Greetings!  My mission is to provide personal safety information to the masses in an effort to keep them safe and out of harm’s way.  My focus recently has been on the college students and the safety challenges they face from a wide variety of dangers.

  • Bio

    Master Pete Canavan has been studying the martial arts for over 20 years, and in that time has trained hundreds of men, women and children of all ages in self-defense. He teaches regular classes in the Korean martial arts of Hapkido and Taekwondo 3 days a week to both children and adults.

    He holds formal certifications from the World Hapkido Federation, the United States Tae Kwon Do Council, the North American Hapkido Tae Kwon Do Federation, and Nippon Kobodo Jikishin-Kai USA.

    Master Pete is proficient with many weapons including the Bo, Kumdo, Tonfa, Sai, Nunchaku, Three-Section Staff, Cane, Knife, Escrima and Kama. He is also Act 235 Lethal Weapons Certified in the state of Pennsylvania.

    He is passionate about helping others improve their personal safety. He is available for training, consulting and speaking engagements to various groups including schools, businesses, security and law enforcement, and private citizens.

    His main area of focus is approximately a 150 mile radius from Wilkes-Barre, PA. This area includes much of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

    Pete resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan and their 3 sons.

    Master Pete Canavan has been studying the martial arts for over 20 years, and in that time has trained hundreds of men, women and children of all ages in self-defense. He teaches regular classes in the Korean martial arts of Hapkido and Taekwondo 3 days a week to both children and adults.

    He holds formal certifications from the World Hapkido Federation, the United States Tae Kwon Do Council, the North American Hapkido Tae Kwon Do Federation, and Nippon Kobodo Jikishin-Kai USA.

    Master Pete is proficient with many weapons including the Bo, Kumdo, Tonfa, Sai, Nunchaku, Three-Section Staff, Cane, Knife, Escrima and Kama. He is also Act 235 Lethal Weapons Certified in the state of Pennsylvania.

    He is passionate about helping others improve their personal safety. He is available for training, consulting and speaking engagements to various groups including schools, businesses, security and law enforcement, and private citizens.

    His main area of focus is approximately a 150 mile radius from Wilkes-Barre, PA. This area includes much of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

    Pete resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan and their 3 sons.

  • Praise

    Reviews for ”Self-Defense Survival Guide: How To Survive When You’re Fighting For Your Life”
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    There are many techniques and topics covered in the book but the chapters are broken down with the basic stuff up front so it is very well written and has a vast amount of content. There are many techniques and topics covered in the book but the chapters are broken down with the basic stuff up front so it is easy to separate the basic blocking and striking moves from the more advanced stuff.

    The book discusses how to keep yourself out of trouble and how to avoid potentially dangerous situations. There are many tips and suggestions that the average person would never think of but are extremely useful. The chapter on physical strength vs weakness contains a lot of good information which can be applied to your daily routine.

    The section on women’s self-defense and the part about bullies were very interesting and enlightening. I would recommend this book to anyone especially for the price.

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    An Excellent Instructional Guide!

    An excellent step-by step guide to self-defense with clear and practical instruction and high quality photographs that act as visual aides. It is evident that Master Pete Canavan is the real deal when it comes to teaching self-defense. I have a large library of books in this area, but this book is my new favorite – it has something for beginners and experts alike.

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    A great step-by-step guide for practical self-defense!

    ”Self-Defense Survival Guide” is a great step-by-step guide for practical self-defense. Note the word ”practical.” THAT’S the important word. So many self-defense books either assume a person is some sort of ninja or they lack the detailed instruction so that one can actually learn how to perform the moves.

    Pete Canavan’s impressive book does neither. ”Self-Defense Survival Guide” is replete with pictures, vivid descriptions, and, perhaps most importantly, sage advise.

    The pictures are well-done, something one doesn’t find too often in a self-published book. They’re detailed, crisp, and illustrative. They make sense.

    The accompanying descriptions obviously come from someone who not only knows the moves and tactics, but also has taught them to MANY people. It often seemed that the author was reading my mind and answering the questions I had.

    Many self-defense books come across as canned and trite, full of old chestnuts and bromides. The author here tends to avoid those and instead offers advice that a person would actually need in order to put up a proper — and working — defense. For example, the author includes a section about getting into the ”mindset” of defense, thereby overcoming the ”fear” of having to hurt another human being.

    All in all, this is an excellent book, an excellent guide. Get it because even a casual perusal will more than likely insert that one nugget of information into one’s psyche that can be the difference between life and death.

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    Excellent read and very well written.

    As a martial artist, I am constantly looking for information that can help me improve my skills. The Self-Defense Survival Guide provides a wealth of information regarding all aspects of self-defense. Not only are the specific ways to properly execute blocks and strikes on the physical side explained in detail with high-quality photos, but the mental aspect of combat is addressed which is left out of many books on the topic.

    Many books on learning how to fight and protect yourself fail to address how to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for a fight – both before and after the conflict. This book does an excellent job of explaining the need to develop the mental toughness of a warrior with a never-quit mindset so that you are able to do what you must in order to survive. There is a video training included that goes into a lot more detail than what is discussed in the book, and is a great bonus that is included with your purchase. Videos of many of the specific defenses are also included, which helps put it all together for the reader.

    One of the most interesting aspects that is discussed is the need to ask yourself the tough questions before you are forced to make a decision under duress. If you ask yourself what you would do in a given situation ahead of time, it reduces the time it would normally take to make that decision. This allows you to act without hesitation when your life may hinge on your ability to react quickly. I found that to be an invaluable point that I learned from the book.

    Overall, this book is an excellent introduction to self-defense that is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about how to protect themselves and their family who has limited or no knowledge of self-defense or fighting. However, it is also a book that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in further honing their existing self-defense skills – both physical and mental.

    This book contains a wealth of information and tips that could save your live, and that is priceless no matter what the cost.

    Reviews for ”Self-Defense Survival Guide: How To Survive When You’re Fighting For Your Life”
    ——————————————————

    There are many techniques and topics covered in the book but the chapters are broken down with the basic stuff up front so it is very well written and has a vast amount of content. There are many techniques and topics covered in the book but the chapters are broken down with the basic stuff up front so it is easy to separate the basic blocking and striking moves from the more advanced stuff.

    The book discusses how to keep yourself out of trouble and how to avoid potentially dangerous situations. There are many tips and suggestions that the average person would never think of but are extremely useful. The chapter on physical strength vs weakness contains a lot of good information which can be applied to your daily routine.

    The section on women’s self-defense and the part about bullies were very interesting and enlightening. I would recommend this book to anyone especially for the price.

    ——————————————————

    An Excellent Instructional Guide!

    An excellent step-by step guide to self-defense with clear and practical instruction and high quality photographs that act as visual aides. It is evident that Master Pete Canavan is the real deal when it comes to teaching self-defense. I have a large library of books in this area, but this book is my new favorite – it has something for beginners and experts alike.

    ——————————————————

    A great step-by-step guide for practical self-defense!

    ”Self-Defense Survival Guide” is a great step-by-step guide for practical self-defense. Note the word ”practical.” THAT’S the important word. So many self-defense books either assume a person is some sort of ninja or they lack the detailed instruction so that one can actually learn how to perform the moves.

    Pete Canavan’s impressive book does neither. ”Self-Defense Survival Guide” is replete with pictures, vivid descriptions, and, perhaps most importantly, sage advise.

    The pictures are well-done, something one doesn’t find too often in a self-published book. They’re detailed, crisp, and illustrative. They make sense.

    The accompanying descriptions obviously come from someone who not only knows the moves and tactics, but also has taught them to MANY people. It often seemed that the author was reading my mind and answering the questions I had.

    Many self-defense books come across as canned and trite, full of old chestnuts and bromides. The author here tends to avoid those and instead offers advice that a person would actually need in order to put up a proper — and working — defense. For example, the author includes a section about getting into the ”mindset” of defense, thereby overcoming the ”fear” of having to hurt another human being.

    All in all, this is an excellent book, an excellent guide. Get it because even a casual perusal will more than likely insert that one nugget of information into one’s psyche that can be the difference between life and death.

    ——————————————————

    Excellent read and very well written.

    As a martial artist, I am constantly looking for information that can help me improve my skills. The Self-Defense Survival Guide provides a wealth of information regarding all aspects of self-defense. Not only are the specific ways to properly execute blocks and strikes on the physical side explained in detail with high-quality photos, but the mental aspect of combat is addressed which is left out of many books on the topic.

    Many books on learning how to fight and protect yourself fail to address how to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for a fight – both before and after the conflict. This book does an excellent job of explaining the need to develop the mental toughness of a warrior with a never-quit mindset so that you are able to do what you must in order to survive. There is a video training included that goes into a lot more detail than what is discussed in the book, and is a great bonus that is included with your purchase. Videos of many of the specific defenses are also included, which helps put it all together for the reader.

    One of the most interesting aspects that is discussed is the need to ask yourself the tough questions before you are forced to make a decision under duress. If you ask yourself what you would do in a given situation ahead of time, it reduces the time it would normally take to make that decision. This allows you to act without hesitation when your life may hinge on your ability to react quickly. I found that to be an invaluable point that I learned from the book.

    Overall, this book is an excellent introduction to self-defense that is a must-read for anyone interested in learning more about how to protect themselves and their family who has limited or no knowledge of self-defense or fighting. However, it is also a book that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in further honing their existing self-defense skills – both physical and mental.

    This book contains a wealth of information and tips that could save your live, and that is priceless no matter what the cost.

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