"He who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one."-Christ, Luke 22:36
Besides the wars and chaos around the world as we head toward a last days apocolypse, we have everyday crime and confrontations with unreasonable people. Every human being has the basic right to live and be free and therefore every human being has the right to defend themselves, and to defend their individual right to freedom. This article is devoted to empowering people to exercise these rights.
In 90% of situations, violence is not necessary. And, in many situations that seem to have incipient violence, 90% can be de-escalated. If you are sitting down, stand up. If you are standing, step to the side, not forwards or backwards. Sideways generally is easier to slip the grasp, turn and face the person, and again, let the potential attacker know you mean business.
Defense tactics: Groin areas: Every guy in the world has been kicked in the groin at least once -- and he KNOWS that if a female gets mad at him, that is the FIRST place she is going to try to hit. Plus, every self-defense class in the world trains people to kick the groin.
There are certain points on the human body where no matter how big you are, how strong you are, or whatever, it STILL hurts to get hit there. This is, of course, where we want to strike. None of these points are covered by muscle, fat, whatever -- size and condition does not matter. The only thing that matters is how hard you strike.
Striking eyes and throat: Put index and third finger together, curl others to palm. Do NOT hyper-extend your fingers, merely hold them rigid. Strike (think like a spear) straightforward into the eye or right above the hollow of the throat. Don't strike directly into the hollow -- strike about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch above it. (Note: you can also strike these points using only the thumb).
Bridge of the nose: Hold out your hand, and spread your fingers wide. This tightens the hand, and pushes forward the palm side of the large knuckles. Feel how hard they are? Push your hand forward and strike with that area right below where the nose joins the brow ridge -- basically the center of the nose.
Striking the knees: Striking the knee is something self-defense classes always teach, because it is a serious weak point on the human body. However, it can be harder than it sounds. If striking the front of the knee (the kneecap) drive your HEEL forward into the kneecap, and drive it far forwards -- just tapping it won't give you enough time to get away. If striking the side of the knee, sweep the INSIDE of your foot in a circular motion, striking the side of the knee -- and strike hard, again. You might have to hit him a couple of times, and do some serious damage -- but as soon as you have a chance, GET AWAY. The old saying: Size and strength don't matter...That may be true -- when you are a 4th or 5th degree black belt, it won't matter how big your opponent is. (Unless they ALSO are a 5th degree. Then it might matter, but not necessarily.) But don't believe it never matters. I wish it wasn't true, but a big guy, or girl, has a definite advantage in most fights. That's simply how it is. If you take two people, and put them in a fight, MOST LIKELY, the bigger one is going to win. You put a 6'4", 220 pound street thug up against a 5'2", 110 pounder in a streetfight, the big one has the advantage. Obviously.
Avoid presenting a victim profile: Crime victims are frequently chosen because they are easy targets. Criminals prey on the weak or unsuspecting, and usually avoid people who are aware of what's going on and might put up a fight. Look suspicious people in the eye, keep your head up, and walk with a confident stride. This tells the predator that you are more likely to see him coming and resist. They will likely pass you up for someone who'll put up less of a fight.
Your first priority is escape: If you end up in a dangerous situation, remember that your number one priority is not to fight, but to escape. Don't hesitate to take every available escape route. Also, surprise is perhaps the most important element of effective self-defense. For example, you might pretend to be passive, by appearing to submit to your assailants wishes, only to attack them when they least expect it. You might also try to talk to your attacker, then suddenly throw something at their face, or use a hidden weapon, and then run.
Do You Need a Weapon? Most martial arts experts agree an armed fighter almost always has the advantage over the unarmed fighter -- even if the unarmed person is proficient in empty hand self-defense. One obvious lesson is to avoid any conflict against armed opponents. The other is that maybe you should consider carrying a weapon. There are a number of considerations when choosing a weapon.
Concealment and carry. Your weapon won't do you any good if it's not with you. A reason why empty hand expertise is so important, you are never without your natural weapons. Also a good reason for working with actual weapons.
Intimidating effects. Certain weapons, a shotgun for example, may produce enough shock value to make your opponent think twice about attacking. Although, it would be hard to imagine anyone who would not be intimidated by any sort of firearm. Generally, weapons fall into a few broad categories.
Impact weapons are those used primarily for striking. This category includes clubs, blackjacks (a sock with a lead weight inside), ashtrays and beer mugs. You can also put flexible weapons like nunchaku and chains here. They are really a type of impact weapon, but their real advantage lies in the tremendous power generated by centrifugal force. Edged weapons are obviously those designed to cut, slash or stab. Knives, swords, machetes and broken glass are included here.
Projectile weapons are anything that is propelled across a space allowing to reach an opponent without actually having to be in touching range. This includes firearms, crossbows, air tasers, and pepper spray. Here are some weapons with which you should be carrying, and some which you should forget:
Pepper Spray/Teargas/Mace: This is a great weapon that is easy to use, and that you can carry with you at all times. It will temporarily blind an attacker when properly sprayed in the face, nose, and eyes. If properly contaminated with pepper spray, an attacker will not be able to easily breathe, will experience severe burning on the skin, and will not be able to open their eyes for up to an hour, which is plenty of time for you to put a safe distance between yourself and an attacker. I recommend at least a 2oz. unit, and a holster with a clip to carry it in.
Blackjack: A sock with either a roll of quarters, or some kind of lead weight inside. Wrap it around your hand, and in an emergency, swing it at the head of the attacker. Again, the element of surprise is very important, so don't take it out unless you're going to use it!
Baton/Night stick: This is a good impact weapon if you have the training, but how many of you will go out and become proficient with a night stick. Warning: if you use your baton just like a hammer or a club you'll probably have it taken away from you. Make sure it has a wrist strap, and only take it out if you're going to USE IT!
Handgun: Probably the single most equalizing weapon anyone can possess. Unfortunately, the laws in most states are tightening up, and even if you own one legally, and even if you use it in self defense, you could find yourself in serious hot water with the local fuzz if you use it. I recommend using non lethal weapons if at all possible, and keeping the gun as a last resort. Don't let anyone talk you into a more powerful handgun than you are comfortable with. If you feel anxious with your weapon, you won't practice. And if you don't practice, you won't be competent. And if you're not competent, that could be worse than having no gun at all.
Knife: In my opinion, the knife is a very poor weapon for self defense. To stop an attacker, you may have to stab them up to 40 times to get them to stop, all the while, they would be savagely attacking you. Plus it would EVENTUALLY kill your attacker in all probability, opening you up to a whole slew of legal problems that any sane person would want to avoid.
When dealing with a potentially dangerous, life or death situation, the last thing you need is a false sense of security. Unfortunately, on the market right now there are a multitude of weapons that are being sold over the internet, and elsewhere, that are inherently flawed, and downright dangerous, to you! One such little toy is the Stun gun. A great weapon for prodding cattle, and people who are tied to a chair, or otherwise would be unable to fight back. Unfortunately, in a situation on the street, with an armed assailant, or someone otherwise predisposed to commit bodily harm to you, depending on a stun gun alone for protection could be a very serious mistake. First of all the attacker had better not be wearing thick clothing. Secondly, you would be in a position were you would have to hold the unit against your attacker while he or she would be busy swinging, stabbing, shooting, or otherwise trying to make sure you don't have a happy day.
Another is the Key Chain/Key Spike: This looks good and even sounds like a good weapon. These are the long chains which you put your keys on or those key rings with the spikes which come out between your knuckles. Unfortunately, the chain is hard to control unless you have previous experience with flexible weapons. The spikes which come from between your fingers are only effective if you have a good punch. My recommendation would be to pass on these unless you are working on serious martial arts skills.The taser has existed since 1974, and it shoots two separate darts towards attacker; the darts have barbs to make them hook in clothing, and trail wires to transmit electric shocks. The Air Taser is a good non-lethal weapon suitable for law enforcement where you have a sidearm and other cops as back-up. However,The Air Taser gives you just one shot: Both darts must hit the target on the first try, and both must stay hooked. If one or the other dart misses or drops you must install the reload cartridge before you can fire again. Not always effective either --- Rodney King had Taser wires on him and it sure didn't keep him down.
Improvised weapons: Environmental weapons can be found everywhere. You just have to open your mind to recognizing them. Basically, if you can smash somebody with it, cut somebody with it or launch it at someone, you've found yourself a weapon.
Improvised weapons can include: Pen/pencil, Beer bottle/mug, Ashtray, Hammer, Chair, Scissors, Screwdriver/ice pick, Pipe/club, Shovel, You might even consider throwing rocks if you can. Don't laugh. One bouncer claims someone hurling ashtrays like frisbees in a club where he worked one night wreaked incredible damage to innocent bystanders and property as well.
Weapons are Part of Your Self-Defense System. When you are required to physically defend yourself or your loved ones, you have to have a full spectrum of options. This should include empty-handed techniques, sprays, impact weapons, and firearms. In a society where common decency is now rare, and a criminal culture is promoted in music and movies, we need to be ready.