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As you know from the preceding self-defense tip, most flexible weapons are blunt, but the garrote is a flexible weapon that cuts. It is easy to make in either the common version, with piano wire and metal handles, or the nonmagnetic version, with synthetic-fiber line and plastic handles weighted with lead.
The following clip from Marathon Man shows well the capability of the garrote as a tool of assassination.
Marathon Man (1/8) Movie CLIP – Hotel Room Attack (1976) HD
There is more to the garrote than garroting–striking and catching limbs is also possible. Below is a brief video showing this weapon’s potential for self-defense:
The thicker the wire (or monofilament line), the stiffer and thus more controllable the garrote, making it more suitable for striking. On the other hand, the thinner the line the easier it is to conceal. It cuts easier, too. . . .
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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
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.
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