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Self-Defense Tip #36 — A strange scene

A strange scene happened in my gym. I got my Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrellas and I was showing them to two big fellows (250 lb and 205 lb) full of muscle and no lard butts. Both of them workout with me, have common sense and understand the use of weapons (see Self-Defense: Tools of Attack). So, I handed each of them the Unbreakable® Umbrellas, explained that they are unbreakable, and told them to try them out on my heavy bag. (My heavy bag is filled with not just rags and sawdust but with sand too.)

What happened next was strange. I couldn’t believe my eyes: Those two burly fellows patted or slapped the heavy boxing bag with my umbrellas at half-force as if they were afraid to break my Unbreakable® Umbrellas! I couldn’t stand it, so I took one of those umbrellas and let loose at the bag with a series of the mightiest whacks I could muster–much like G.S. does with a club on Self-Defense: Tools of Attack.

Now, that was more like it! The bag was “dancing” and I made a point of striking especially hard at the bag’s bottom where it is rock hard because of all the sand that settles there. The two fellows were a bit startled and looked surprised that my umbrella did not bend or show any damage.

Strange fellows! I said that this walking-stick umbrella is unbreakable, and so it is. I also said it can be used to defend oneself—and that cannot be done with half-hearted, medium force slaps and puny pokes. If you need to defend yourself you better whack hard enough to make the attacker’s limbs go limp—if you hit an arm, it must drop, if you hit a leg it must buckle, if you hit the trunk, it must fold, if you hit an attacker’s head it better be a knockout.

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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