In this tip I talk about using blunt weapons for self-defense. I will write about other kinds of weapons at another time.
Whenever you strike an assailant in self-defense, your strike cannot merely anger the assailant, or worse, amuse him. If you use a weapon and anger the assailant instead of disabling him, your weapon will be turned on you.
Here are examples of how not to strike with blunt weapons:
If strikes are so weak that the blunt weapon, in this case the Unbreakable® Umbrella, bounces off the bag, it means it will bounce off the assailant with equally little effect. Here the strikes are weak mostly because of a poor grip.
Now, demos of solid strikes:
Remember: Each strike has to disable the assailant, at least momentarily, and preferably for long enough so you can get away — or continue your “persuasion” to a successful end. When practicing on a bag, you have to strike “through” it, putting your hips into strikes.
Applying any of the techniques mentioned above is your sole responsibility.
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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.
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?
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