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Self-Defense Tip #69 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Rolled-up magazine vs. knife, Part I

It is summertime and crime is rising—lowlifes are out and about, and you need to arm yourself as best as you can.

I have already written about turning such everyday objects as pencils and credit cards into improvised weapons, for defense or for attack.

This self-defense tip, and a few others that will follow it, are about using everyday objects primarily in defense. I will show only the basic points of using these objects as improvised weapons. The rest you can learn by practicing with a partner.

Rolled-up Magazine vs. Knife

Note: The above video is not about the tactic of using a rolled-up magazine to defend yourself against a knife. Its purpose is only to show that a strong whack with a rolled-up magazine at even the serrated edge of a knife still leaves you with a usable improvised weapon, albeit not for many more whacks.

A knife defense that begins with a magazine whack at the knife itself or at the knife-holding hand must end with a disabling disarm—which will be shown in a subsequent self-defense tip.

By the way, a strike at the attacker’s eyes or a poke to the throat or abdomen is a good move in unarmed fighting too. The poke has to be timed with the attacker’s inhalation.

Now if, when attacked by a knife fighter, you had your Unbreakable® Umbrella with you, then your defense would be simpler and safer. Every whack with your Unbreakable® Umbrella has a good chance to be both disarming and disabling. It does not matter whether you strike the armed hand or the unarmed hand, a kneecap, a throat, or an eye orbit, or whether you stab the trunk. The Unbreakable® Umbrella powerfully applied to any hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, or knee, even to the meat of the limbs or the trunk, leaves a “strong and lasting impression.” And, unlike a rolled-up magazine, it can leave those impressions over and over and over. . . .

Applying any of the techniques mentioned above is your sole responsibility.

Neither Never-Thought-of-It LLC nor the author of this self-defense tip, nor persons pictured in this self-defense tip, make any representation, warranty, or guarantee that the techniques described or shown in this tip will be safe, effective, or legal in any self-defense situation or otherwise.

The reader or viewer assumes all risks and hazards of injury or death to herself, himself, or others, as well as any resultant liability for the use of the techniques and methods contained in this self-defense tip.

Specific self-defense responses demonstrated or described in this self-defense tip may not be justified in certain situations in light of all the circumstances or under the applicable federal, state, or local law. Neither Never-Thought-of-It LLC nor the author of this self-defense tip makes any representation or warranty regarding the legality or appropriateness of any techniques described or demonstrated in this self-defense tip.

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.

Self-Defense Moves

Basic Instincts of Self-Defense - Defenses Against Unarmed Attacks DVD

For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.

To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.

Defend Against Weapons

Self-Defense: Tools of Attack DVD

To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …

To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.

Mental Toughness

Gold Medal Mental Workout - One CD, PDF Book, & mp3/iPod Recordings

Staying cool under pressure is more important for self-defense than being physically fit and technically skilled. If you can’t control your mind what can you control?

To learn mental techniques that let you calmly face any threat and act rationally in the heat of a fight, click here.

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