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Self-Defense Tip #102 — Improvised Weapons: Keys

Google “improvised weapons” and you will find instructions on how to use ordinary keys in self-defense, so this is why I titled this tip the way I did. Nevertheless, to me a bunch of keys is not an improvised weapon. To me keys are ordinary utility objects used in an emergency to defend oneself with, much like an ordinary pencil or a sturdy umbrella. “Improvise” means making something needed out of what is conveniently on hand. A key or a bunch of keys is not “made” into anything–it is put to a less usual use without making it into anything different or changing it in any way. If you think the distinction does not matter, then have a lawyer explain to you why it does.

Now to the tip’s topic, that is to the use of keys in self-defense.

Have you seen pictures like the one below?

Keys as Improvised Weapon

If you hold keys like this and hit an attacker, you may hurt him some but you will hurt your hand. And it is not good to have a hurt hand in a fight. . . . The below video shows how to correctly use keys in self-defense. It also teaches which keys are better not to be used for self-defense.


Keys as Improvised Weapons with Alain Burrese

Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express.

The Unbreakable Umbrella -- better than a cane, keeps the rain off, whacks like a steel pipe.

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