Find out what the Alford plea is at real-self-defense.com/2018/09/01/alford-plea-would-you-take-it/.
A long stick gives you reach but you better time you swing well. Self-Defense Tip #109 shows what will happen if you don’t.
Now and then we get a question like this one:
“Does your [Unbreakable®] telescopic umbrella lock in the extended position or is it a friction hold like an ASP baton? I am curious about whether you can thrust with it.”
The answer and reasons behind the design of the Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella are given in Self-Defense Tip 108
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, readers asked about specific instructions on using the telescopic umbrella. These instructions (with a new video) are in Self-Defense Tip 107.
Self-Defense is a Right–A Must-Read for the UK Citizens (And for Others Too)
Self-defense (or in the British English, self-defence) is a right, but it is infringed by the UK government. If you are a UK citizen, now you can do something to regain your ability to protect yourself: Sign a petition at https://www.change.org/p/amber-rudd-mp-self-defence-is-a-right-lets-consider-it-a-reasonable-excuse-to-carry-a-defensive-weapon.
About the petition from its author, Mac Philips:
“I launched a petition in the UK, regarding the legal right held in this country to defend one’s own life and the lives of others. Contrary to the belief of many, preservation of life is an absolute right in the UK as it is in all decent nations. If you receive threats to kill or perceive a threat of that nature, the law states you only need ‘Good reason’ to possess an item for purpose of the preservation of life. (Granted this does not include firearms.) But regardless, if you carry an item with reach for the primary purpose of self-defence, then you risk arrest. Not because you are guilty but to allow your guilt to be established in a court of law. We therefore have a system where the public seem more fearful of the state than they are focused on preservation of life. We as a nation seem to be more willing to offset our protection to a state that cannot be in all places at all times. Even those with remedial math should understand that the comments of ‘Where were the police?’ are futile. We are a nation that chose to give up personal responsibility and we have to accept the fallout for doing so. The law gives us all rights but we accept that policing enforcement in the UK makes us fearful of acting on those rights! This is why you will see on YouTube a video of two thugs on a moped stalking and stabbing to death a young man in broad daylight, … news footage about staff being murdered in supermarkets in full view of staff and customers. We seem more inclined and willing to point blame rather than accept any responsibility ourselves. Bad people will always do bad things, especially if good people do nothing to stop them!
“My petition … is not about changing the law but a reconsidering of the enforcement policy and to get the people of the UK to at least understand the issue. On this issue and especially after many incidents resulting in the loss of life I am ashamed of my nation!
“These are the problems of a nation which gives up its freedom and personal responsibility, something that is [too easy] to do in a nation without a constitution.”
The primary self-defense function of a flashlight is blinding an attacker. The secondary function is amplifying impacts of strikes. Read the Self-Defense Tip #106 to learn what criteria a flashlight has to meet to serve you well in self-defense without being a liability.
I’d never thought any one would ask about a system of learning and training to use the Unbreakable® Umbrella in self-defense. Even so, some asked. Read their questions and my answer in the self-defense tip here.
First, a definition for those few who don’t know the term “swatting”: Swatting is causing a police SWAT team to attack someone based on the false report of a dangerous or violent situation, for example, a bomb threat or hostage-taking. Now read facts about swatting the police doesn’t want you to know.
Another failure countered his sense of unimportance by hurting many people. Media helped. Read more at real-self-defense.com/2017/11/04/terrorists-crave-attention-media-obliges/
Most terrorist vehicle attacks were followed by knife attacks, because stabbing and slashing disarmed and shocked people with a knife is easy. …
Read the whole self-defense tip here.
Above, barriers on Westminster Bridge, installed in June of 2017, after people were mowed down with cars or tracks in London on 22 May 2013, Dijon on 21 December 2014, Nantes on 22 December 2014, Nice on 14 July 2016, Berlin on 22 December 2016, London on 22 March 2017, Stockholm on 7 April 2017, and in London on 3 June 2017. They look a lot like the barriers which were NOT installed on Las Ramblas in Barcelona as well as on busy pedestrian areas in other cities. To find out why read the post at real-self-defense.com/2017/08/19/ramming-people-with-vehicles-now-in-barcelona/.
Now and then, on some forum, someone writes a post about using the Unbreakable® Umbrella for self-defense, for example, against a knife attack. If the post …
Read the whole self-defense tip here.
Three murderers killed 7 people and injured 48, of which 21 critically. The attackers drove a car into a crowd and then proceeded to knife people. The attack lasted 16 minutes. Read more in 16 minutes of killing
If you hold keys like this and hit an attacker, you may hurt him some but you will hurt your hand. And it is not good to have a hurt hand in a fight. . . . Learn how to correctly use keys in self-defense and which keys are better not to be used for self-defense in Self-Defense Tip #102.
This post does not contain a practical advice so it is not a self-defense tip but a statement of fact and a heads-up. Read at real-self-defense.com/2017/02/20/french-police-rape-to-recruit-for-isis/
What would you do against a blade-wielding attacker in a sterile environment, no equalizers around you, and you can’t run away? Read more in Self-Defense Tip #101.
Deniability is important in self-defense, whether armed with everyday objects or empty-handed. I have explained why in Self-Defense Tip #99, which applies to everyday objects you may use for personal protection. This tip deals with deniability of empty-hand self-defense techniques.
Read about deniability in self-defense with everyday objects or how to talk safely “before and after” and post your comments at real-self-defense.com/free-self-defense-tips/self-defense-tip-99-a-good-advice-on-deniability/
Defend Yourself Easily! advises on the proper way of using the Unbreakable® Umbrella in self-defense. Read the post to learn the simplest and the most powerful self-defense techniques you can do with the Unbreakable® Umbrella and to learn a very important concept of “the stranger test.”
Unbreakable® Umbrellas on Zero Hedge
“Guns and knives are, in many ways, the best self-defense tools.
“If you live in New York, California or another state which makes it hard to carry concealed guns and knives … you might not be able to carry a gun or knife with you during your normal work day.
“Any weapon which you don’t already have in your hands may be limited in its real-world usefulness. And you obviously can’t walk around brandishing your gun and knife for no good reason.
“What to do?
“Find an every day object which is legal anywhere in the world, in any city or state, in any work environment … and which you can hold in your hands at all times.
“The Telescopic Unbreakable® Umbrella is small enough to fit in laptop cases or bags, briefcases, daypacks, book bags, etc. (You can also stuff it in a pocket, although it’s a little bulky for that.) With the flick-of-the-wrist telescoping action Kurz demonstrate in his videos, this could be ideal to surprise would-be attackers with the extra reach.” Read more at www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-22/gentlemans-guide-self-defense-part-1
An excerpt from the review:
“Most martial arts and self-defense teachers provide unrealistic attack and defense scenarios against knives and other weapons. Self-Defense: Tools of Attack is a wake up call.
“However, by practicing the weapons techniques shown in the video, you’ll have a much better chance in defending yourself . . . because you’ll know what you’re up against, and can prepare.”
Read more at www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/12/self-defense-tools-attack.html
Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella reviewed by Washington’s Blog
“The best self-defense weapon is one (1) you can carry with you anywhere and (2) which is an innocuous, every day item.
“Several top martial artists – such as stick-fighting expert Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny – have endorsed the Unbreakable Umbrella.
“Because a picture is worth a thousand words, you’ve got to see the videos below to get why this is such a good self-defense weapon …
“But first let me briefly describe my experience with the Unbreakable Umbrella. . . .”
Read more at www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/12/ultimate-urban-defense-weapon.html
Always be ready to use all available weapons…. See video
Speak softly, keep your distance, and carry a big stick–but make sure it is a solid one. View these videos….
Police in UK tell people: Fight back with an umbrella
You may read a web version of this article on police, robberies, and umbrellas at Evening Standard’s website.
Warning: Fakes and Knockoffs on Amazon and Elsewhere
More and more often we are contacted by people who were cheated, mostly on Amazon. They wanted to buy the Unbreakable® Umbrella but were sold a cheap and weak fake. When the fake breaks, they contact us and learn they have been had–they are not likely to get a refund from the Amazon’s Marketplace seller nor from Amazon itself. Below is a video showing how one such brand, the Indestructible Umbrella™, compares to the authentic Unbreakable® Umbrella.
Indestructible Umbrella™ vs. Unbreakable® Umbrella — Chair Test
Indestructible Umbrella™ Folding Defense vs. Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella — Strike Test
See Fakes and Knockoffs for full info on the fakes, how to protect yourself against this fraud, and what to do if Amazon refuses to refund your money.
Self-Defense Tip #96 — Cane or umbrella vs. knife and baseball bat: What is right and what is wrong?
Look at demos of defenses against a knife threat and a baseball attack, and comment on what is right and what is wrong with these defenses.
Recent reviews of Unbreakable® Umbrella on Amazon
“As a martial arts practitioner I decided to work this product a little bit myself. I practiced against standing striking bags and placed enough weight on it to break a traditional umbrella. The results revealed no damage to the structure or material of the umbrella. … The rainstorms under which I have employed it were also accompanied by strong gusts of wind. The umbrella never wavered or collapsed. Impressive indeed. Five stars.” Read the whole review at www.amazon.com/review/R34FT0BOW61M9Z/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00C2TI14E
“It is tough, well-built, and classy. The company – Real Self Defense – provides excellent customer service.” Read more at www.amazon.com/review/R1985MNSQYFWQ5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00C2TI14E
When spoken to by a suspicious stranger, reply in a language the stranger doesn’t understand and keep on moving. Read more and post your comments at real-self-defense.com/free-self-defense-tips/self-defense-tip-95-dont-speak-the-language/.
Read about each myth and about rational training and post your comments at real-self-defense.com/free-self-defense-tips/self-defense-tip-94-six-myths-of-police-training-vs-rational-training-know-how/.
“You risked your lives to defend an idea, an idea of liberty, of freedom,” French president François Hollande told four of the six men who fought the terrorist, at a ceremony held at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
The chutzpah of that whole speech about defending “an idea of liberty, of freedom” with “bare hands”! They had only their bare hands against an assault rifle, a pistol, and a blade because the French government, like most European governments, made it illegal for civilians to carry weapons. Read more at real-self-defense.com/free-self-defense-tips/self-defense-tip-93-terror-and-chutzpah/ and post your comment.
Some readers will read this self-defense tip as just an opinion piece. For thinking readers, who understand implications, it is a self-defense tip. Read it at real-self-defense.com/free-self-defense-tips/self-defense-tip-92-terrorism-and-altruism/ and post your comment.
A British policeman sees a problem with Unbreakable® Umbrella and suggests an improvement to help deal with an attacker one has subdued. See more at real-self-defense.com/free-self-defense-tips/self-defense-tip-91-whack-then-what-arrest/
New Website for Unbreakable® Umbrellas
Because people often search specifically for Unbreakable® Umbrellas, they now have their own website: unbreakableumbrella.com. Nevertheless, you can still purchase Unbreakable® Umbrellas from real-self-defense.com.
Unbreakable® Umbrellas on PersonalDefenseWorld.com
Unbreakable® Umbrellas got a nice write-up on PersonalDefenseWorld.com.
Standard Model of the Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella Now Comes with a Choice of Handles: Crook or Straight with a Wrist Loop
Both Standard models have the same size of the canopy (open diameter 47 in/1194 mm), but differ in length and weight:
Model with straight handle is 36.25 in (921 mm) long, and weighs 1 lb. 7 oz. (650 g).
Model with crook handle is 37.75 in (959 mm) long, and weighs 1 lb. 9.2 oz. (715 g).
Thanks to being constructed of state-of-the-art plastics and fibers the new umbrellas are lighter than our original “Premium” model with steel ribs and metal fittings, but are longer and have a larger canopy (open diameter 47 in/1194 mm). You can see how strong they are at real-self-defense.com/unbreakable-walking-stick-umbrella/.
You can purchase both models at real-self-defense.com/unbreakable-walking-stick-umbrella/.
Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella reviewed by New American Truth
New American Truth, an e-magazine dedicated to emergency preparedness, survival, and personal protection, has reviewed the Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella. Here is an excerpt from the review:
“Every baton-trained cop, and every Filipino stick-trained martial artist, has always lusted after an ordinary, common, everyday device that could be wielded like a baton or Escrima stick, mostly for those places and situations where a firearm was not permitted. We contented ourselves with canes of various weights, materials, and strengths. `A cane is a common thing that many people carry,’ we told ourselves, `no one will think of it as a weapon’. Of course, we ignored the fact that canes went out of fashion for gentlemen as the 19th century drew to a close, and that a fit-looking man or woman carrying one definitely looked out of place.
“I have no idea how the Unbreakable® Umbrella escaped my notice until now. It is the kind of quirky, brilliant, innovative, and practical thing that I love. Imagine an ordinary-looking, common, black umbrella that has the strength and resilience to strike heavy bags repeatedly with full force without any damage, and be fully operable and functional as an umbrella immediately afterwards. And I mean completely ordinary-looking–not extra big, not super-beefy. Dead ordinary: that’s how the Unbreakable® Umbrella looks. Yes, it’s covert! Even when it’s sunny, an umbrella never looks out of place, and you can take this with you anywhere in the world, anytime. Hey, it’s just an umbrella!”
Read the whole review at www.newamericantruth.com/2014/11/the-defensive-umbrella/
Unbreakable® Umbrella “Abused” by a Famous British TV Host
Jonathan Ross, OBE, the famous British television and radio host, interviewer of celebrities, best known for making obscene remarks to his guests, tried to humiliate Premium model of our Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella. He tore the fabric but try as he might, he could not break the frame. See for yourself:
The “abuse” was featured on the Stephen Fry: Gadget Man show of Chanel 4 Television in the UK.
Unbreakable® Umbrella with Bruce Pechman, The Muscleman of Technology, on the Good Morning San Diego TV show
On March 19th Good Morning San Diego (KUSI-TV) showcased the Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella at the end of the show.
Unbreakable® Umbrella was featured on the Good Morning San Diego show (KUSI TV), in a segment titled “Products to Keep You Safe & Secure.” The segment was hosted by Bruce Pechman, America’s Best-Built TV Technology & Fitness Personality. Click www.mrbicep.com/kusi_tv/tv_2013/tv_3-19-2013.htm to see all the products featured on this show.
Unbreakable® Umbrella featured on Operation Freedom
Operation Freedom, a show of radio station WAAM Talk 1600, has featured the Unbreakable® Umbrella in its recent broadcast. Listen to what Dr. Dave Janda of Operation Freedom has to say about the Unbreakable® Umbrella:
More tests of the Unbreakable® Umbrella … some painful.
New DVD from Real-Self-Defense
The chief demonstrator on this video, G. S., for me is a model fighter. This is what I see on this DVD:
No-nonsense techniques of using diverse weapons—all actions unified by excellent body mechanics, minimal exposure to counters, power of delivery—all marks of high mastery that all combat sports athletes and martial artists should emulate. This is the way to practice. This is the way to streamline techniques, to maximize their effectiveness, to unify yourself with the techniques, to really make them your own. . . .
You don’t have to take just my word for it. Here is an excerpt from a review by Rev. A. Bodhi Chenevey, RM, DD, at www.iainabernethy.com:
“The actions with the impact weapons (short, heavy club, blackjack and a short piece of hydraulic hose) had short, tight powerful movements, using the entire body behind each subtle application. Combined, G. S.’s maneuvering was simultaneously devastating and deceptive in his delivery.”
The Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella
Ideal Tool of Self-Defense from Never-Thought-of-It Enterprises
“The ideal defense weapon! My first choice when it comes to my personal safety.—Hendrik-Röber, Authorized instructor of Irish Stick Fighting Doyle Style, Albstadt, Germany, www.isfworldwide.org
“The frame of this umbrella is extremely strong. While walking around the city with a sword is unthinkable (and illegal), this umbrella even fits a business suit.
“An excellent investment in terms of defense and rain protection. Stick fighting capability also distinguishes the well-made and surprisingly hefty `self-defense umbrella,‘ which has a lifetime warranty.”—Messer Magazin in its special July 2011 issue of Schwert & Klinge (Sword and Blade), in an article on Bartitsu.
“This could be the only brolly you ever need. Not only is it strong enough to support the weight of a fully-grown man, it can also be used as a self-defence weapon.
“When wielded with appropriate force it can strike with the power of a steel pipe, and has even become a weapon of choice for the personal security guards of the president of the Philippines. It will keep the rain off, too.”—MSN Tech&Gadgets, February 1, 2011.
“A peculiar mix of genteel elegance and chilling weaponry.”—Gizmag Emerging Technology Magazine, October 10, 2010 issue.
National Examiner has featured our Unbreakable® Umbrella in its March 1, 2010 issue.
Our Unbreakable® Umbrella featured on Thrillist.
Fuji Television Network (Japan) featured the Unbreakable® Umbrella in its program called WORLD’S NEWS. The program features amazing people, events and products from all over the world. It aired in September.
The Unbreakable® Umbrella works just as well as a walking stick or cane but does not make you look funny or feel awkward. Whacks just as strong as a steel pipe but it weighs only 1 lb. and 11 oz. (775 g).
- Legal to carry everywhere
- Never raises suspicions
- Does not make you look silly (no strange looks if carried by an able-bodied person)
Do you know how to swing a baseball bat? Do you know how to strike with a sturdy stick? If you do, you know all you need to know…
“As a Defensive Tactics Instructor and one who works with law enforcement and military personnel, I am usually quite critical of `self-defense fads.’ However, I don’t feel this product falls into that category. I think it would make for a very viable self-defense adjunct in someone’s arsenal. It is a very innocuous utilitarian object that most people would not look twice at. That is, until they felt it’s capabilities first hand.” —Mike McGuire, Edmonton, Alberta
Click here to read more opinions about the Unbreakable® Walking-Stick Umbrella!
What Others Say About Our Videos
“Basic Instincts of Self-Defense: Defenses Against Unarmed Attacks (DVD) focuses on quick, easy-to-learn defensive maneuvers based on natural, instinctive reactions. Learn how to defeat attackers that are stronger than you, … and how to sharpen defensive reflexes. Increase your confidence and awareness to ward off or avoid potential attackers.”
—Self-Defense for Women
“Your selection of techniques and graded advancement from armlocks to clinch and throws, from defenses against grabs and holds to defenses against punches and kicks are fantastic. Methodology and explanation, simplicity and practical approach is what I like about this tape.
“My experience in some other systems gives me the possibility to highly value your tape. I decided to include your basic idea into our training. It is an excellent link between Aikido techniques and practical self-defense.”
—Ragib Karamehmedovic, Aikido (goshin) instructor, Sarajevo, Bosnia
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“Self-Defense: Tools of Attack shows practice drills of an experienced street fighter. In many confrontations his techniques have never failed him. He shows what is real and how to practice with common street weapons. Observe him to learn the correct techniques and the training drills with a club, hatchet, blackjack, knife, and razor.
“The demonstrator spent most of his youth in East Europe’s toughest correctional institutions—including a special prison where inmates were rehabilitated by systematic beatings and starvation. Afterwards he collected debts, settled scores, and provided personal protection in some of the worst neighborhoods of Eastern Europe. Through all the bloody fights he stayed unbeaten, in “one piece,” thanks to his rational technique and the intensity of his simple drills.This DVD shows the simple moves and simple drills that kept him winning every time.
“This an effective, deadly system of combat that should make the rest of fighting arts nervous.
“A shining example of creativity, ingenuity, skill, precision targeting and power. Rarely have I seen such efficient use of body mechanics or such mastery with common weapons. G. S. is truly a master. This hard hitting, street style of self-defense is real eye-opener to even those who have trained for many years.”
—Terrance Rasmuson, 6th Dan JuJitsu, 4th Dan Tenshi Goju Karate, Edmonton, Alberta
Read what others say about this video.