Self-Defense Tip #107 — Self-Defense with an Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella

In a previous self-defense tip you learned about a system of self-defense with a walking-stick umbrella or a cane. The essence of that system applies just as well to self-defense use of a telescopic or collapsible Unbreakable® Umbrella. Even so, a reader asked, “How about tips on using the collapsible umbrella?” and I referred him to videos with instructions for using the telescopic model of Unbreakable® Umbrella (click to see my answer). I guess the videos were not self-explanatory enough for all because I got several more requests for instructions specific to the telescopic model. So here they are:

You have the umbrella in your hand. It gives you an advantage—the reach. Your attacker’s hands are within your striking range, while you are outside the attacker’s reach. Strike the hands and forearms—they will be the nearest targets. Do not give up your advantage by prematurely striking at farther vital targets—doing so will put you within the attacker’s reach. All this is shown in the video below, which also shows what to do when your umbrella is grabbed by the attacker.

The summary: Stay out of range and hit the nearest target. One or two strong whacks on a forearm or a hand from a distance will surely disable the attacker. By the way, we offer a DVD showing a whole system of practice with blunt weapons and blades. With this practice you will put fear into everybody—not just the much titled martial arts “masters” but into experienced street fighters and thugs too. Don’t believe me? See reviews of the DVD.

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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.

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.

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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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