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Self-Defense Tip #72 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Rolled-up magazine vs. knife, Part II

This self-defense tip continues the subject of defending against a knife attack using everyday objects, which began with tip number 69, Everyday Objects as Improvised Weapons of Self-Defense: Rolled-up Magazine vs. Knife, Part I.

In tip number 69 you can see 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. The video in this tip is about tactics for using a rolled-up magazine to defend yourself against a knife.

With a rolled-up magazine, you should aim for the nearest target, striking a blow that will interrupt the attacker’s “program.” If the face is safe to hit with the magazine (the knife is just being drawn, your position permits it), then hit the face. If the knife-holding hand is closer, hit the hand. If you miss the target, aim for the face or that hand again. Use the rolled-up magazine to distract the attacker and/or deflect the knife so you can disarm the attacker.

Distract, deflect, and disarm.

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.” In good hands, it leaves a bone-crunching, bloody strong impression. . . .

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

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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.

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3 Responses to Self-Defense Tip #72 — Everyday objects as improvised weapons of self-defense: Rolled-up magazine vs. knife, Part II

  1. Ward Terwilliger says:

    When I fly on any airline, I always carry a magazine for that purpose. It
    is very effective even a hardback book is effective also.

  2. Marc says:

    One thing that concerns me is that these techniques assume that one is either just as strong and just as fast or stronger and faster than one’s attacker. If he or she is stronger and faster, then what is demonstrated will not work. One will not be fast enough to catch the arm or one will not be strong enough to hold the arm.

    I am not saying that these techniques are invalid; anything is better than freezing in fear. I am only saying that one should expect that one’s attacker will be stronger, faster, more skilled, armed, be pain resistant (from drugs or alcohol), have accomplices nearby ready to join the attack, ruthless, and determined to maim, disable, or kill his or her victim. The attack will usually be by surprise and one will not see the knife coming until after the first stab has landed. Basically, one must train for the worst case possible.

    I agree wholeheartedly with the conclusion, that if one carries an unbreakable umbrella, then one is much better prepared to fight off any attacker, including a knife wielding one. I have one of the metal versions of this umbrella, and it is GREAT! It is as good as they say it is and I highly and without any reservation recommend it. I gives one incredible self confidence and it arouses no suspicion.

  3. John says:

    I think the issue is more about whether the attack is a surprise attack or not, than actual speed or strength of the attacker.

    If you don’t see an attack coming (fast or slow), you will not be able to avoid it.

    On the other hand, if you maintain your awareness AND pick up on the fact an attack is about to come your way in time then I think speed and strength of the opponnent are no longer such an issue as you will have given yourself time to either flee or fight.

    Another issue, as with all real fighting scenarios, is how many friends your attacker has that you may not have noticed that can walk up behind you and stab you while you focus on the main attacker.

    In short, I think the techniques demonstrated here, need to be taken within the two truths I have outlined above – Being able to see an attack before it comes (awareness) and extending this awareness to the possibility of multiple or ‘hidding’ additional aggressors.

    It is important to remember that all self-defense techniques such as these are simply that – your LAST line of defense. Awareness, avoiding trouble, bad areas, de-escalation, fleeing etc are all your first lines of defense.


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