Benefits of Weapon Training For Self Defense

Most traditional martial arts, such as Kung-Fu and Karate, have weapon training. To the casual observer, it appears that the leading role of weapon training is to add the benefit of developing some footwork, coordination skills, movement, etc. as well as preserve the traditions and history of the art. However, weapons training does have a modern application and role in reality-based self-defense.

One of the significant boasts of reality-based systems, such as Krav Maga, is that they teach students to defend themselves against an armed assailant, whether they’re armed with an improvised weapon, a stick, a knife, or a gun. In many cases, students are trained to deal with weapons, such as how to disarm an attacker with a knife.

Once the disarm has been performed, in many training scenarios, the incident ends as the student is deemed to have accomplished his goal. However, in a real-life situation, the fight may continue. The attacker might get back the knife from you or decide to use an improvised weapon, such as a belt, chair or similar to even the odds.

If you are not trained to use a knife against armed and unarmed opponents, you’ll find yourself in a very unfamiliar place. Proper use of a weapon is as important as weapon disarming. A student needs to feel comfortable in using the weapon so that he will know exactly what the best thing to do with it when the attacker tries to get it back. Otherwise, thinking what to do with the weapon may consume several seconds, which usually you don’t get in this situation.

Understand the Consequences of Using a Weapon

If you have trained with a weapon, you will begin to appreciate all the different ways it can be used to your advantage. After successfully disarming your opponent and you have the control of his weapon, you need to consider if it is suitable to use in a particular situation. If for example, it is a weapon that fire projectile, you may be better using it as a cold rather than a hot weapon in close quarters to deliver concussive strikes to your aggressor and avoid collateral damage.

When it comes to the knife, you need to decide whether to use the blade or the hilt. There may be times when it is faster and more effective to use the hilt, which gives the aggressor concussive blows. The use of the blade can lose consciousness of your attacker from blood loss, but it will take time.

With any weapon, it is vital to learn the different ways it can be utilized. At the same time, you need to understand the consequences. You could shoot the attacker after disarming or stab him a knife but be sure you know the consequences knowing that both are lethal reactions and you could kill your aggressor.

Weapon Training For Self-Defense

The adage “it is better to be tried by 12 than carried by 6” is often practice and teach in reality-based self-defense. In a survival situation, you should not hesitate to use lethal force because there is no time for hesitation in a fast moving, dynamic confrontation. When you start having moral and legal doubts, you will slow down. However, if you are not comfortable killing somebody without hesitation in your self-defense, you need to consider using a weapon after disarming and use it as a cold weapon for your fast disengagements, striking/punching to shut-down the attacker.

Weapon training should also involve weapon on weapon scenarios. If you disarm somebody of a tire wrench or a bat, he may have another weapon, such as a knife. If you don’t work with a baton against a knife, you won’t be able to use the weapon you got to your advantage in this new phase of the fight.

 

Weapon Use and Defense

It is essential in self defense to learn how to use and defend against weapons. In a serious assault, it is likely that your attacker or attackers will be armed. If not, they are likely bigger, stronger, or more numerous than you. It is unlikely that a smaller, weaker, single individual with no weapon will attack you. If you get assaulted, your opponent will likely have some perceived advantage. On the positive note, you can turn the tables in your favor if you know how to defend against an armed attack and how to use weapons.

Weapon Classifications

Each weapon has their advantages and disadvantages. Weapons come in different forms and can be broadly classified as follows:

  • Stick (crowbar, bat, cane, stick)
  • Palm Stick (flashlight, hammer, pen, wrench)
  • Knife (scissors, broken bottle, knife)
  • Sword (sword, machete)
  • Projectile (rocks, pepper spray, gun)
  • Linked (pet leash, chain)

Many everyday items fit into each category. Learning in using a stick would translate very well to a variety of things. If you learn how to use weapons, you’ll also be able to use a pen, glass of water, a plate of food, or a clothing iron in the absence of a knife. You can use those everyday tools in your self defense, not to mention other tools like wrenches, hammers, and flashlights.

Understanding how each weapon works, what their ranges, how to defend against them, you could remove the advantage of your opponent to some extent. With a weapon of your own, you can even the odds or provide yourself a serious advantage.

Legal and Ethical Considerations

Know your local self defense law wherever you happen to be. Many martial arts and self defense schools that teach weapon use pay little to no attention to the law. Showing how to use a knife against an empty hand would be both highly illegal and unethical. If you are trained to pull a knife on a smaller, unarmed opponent, you may end up doing the same in reality, which could put you in jail as a result.

Additional Benefits of Weapons Training

Aside from learning in using and defending against weapons, training with them will provide knowledge and skills that translate to unarmed fighting. When dealing with weapons, you can add new dimensions to your footwork since you will need a lot of it to use a weapon efficiently and to get out of the way. Weapon training requires efficient footwork not used in most unarmed practice. Combining this footwork with your most damaging techniques would give a significant advantage.

Your Environment As A Weapon

Most self defense training happen in sparse, padded, relatively empty rooms. However, it is entirely different in the real world. When you are indoors, you can use your furniture from tables and chairs to bookshelves and appliances in your self defense. When outdoor, you can use bushes, curbs, railings, garbage containers, cars, and countless other items and features. Your self defense training should give time to these environments to practice slamming your opponent into hard and pointy objects, causing your attacker to trip over objects, throwing things at your attacker before he can get close to you, and learning to avoid your attacker. Make use of your environment.

Self-Defense – Gun Alternative Weapons To Carry

Nobody wants to be always in danger of being victimized. But if you found yourself in a threatening situation, do you know what to do? Do you know how to defend yourself? No matter what your life may be, you should have a personal defense plan, especially if you are a woman.

Many people nowadays take concealed weapon courses to receive training and get a permit to carry a gun legally.  According to the data obtain by the Women’s Self-Defense Institute, the following crimes will be committed against women within the next hour somewhere in the U.S.

Theft – 900 total committed

Violent crime – 189 total committed

Assault – 124 total committed

Robbery – 66 total committed

Sexual assault – 24 total committed

Rape – 12 total committed

Murder – 2 total committed

Most of the crimes are committed in as little time as taking your lunch break. To prevent yourself from becoming one of these statistics, it is vital to create a self-defense plan, and carrying a self-defense weapon at all times is a big help, especially if you are going to be out after dark.

Prepare Yourself For A Counter Attack

Assailants are not always the creepy guy in the parking lot or the suspicious looking guy hanging out in a dark alley. In fact, over 80 percent of all rape victims know their attackers beforehand. Most attacks take place when you are the least prepared to counter them.

Trusting yourself in responding to attack is not a practical self-defense. Self-defense courses for women can teach you a strategic plan before an attacker assaults you. You need to know when to run, when to give the attacker what they want, or even when to hold your ground.

If you are in a situation where you need to fight back, a good self-defense weapon can be of help. However, carrying a gun, knife, Taser, or any other self-defense weapons, is only one aspect of self-defense. Your self-defense device is utterly useless if you are not prepared to use it, especially against a surprise attack.

You need to have a proper plan in place to avoid becoming a victim. Here is the list of things that can help you prepare to perform a counter attack.

  • Know your weapon. Your self-defense device in an extension of yourself. If you don’t know how to operate your weapon, your extra line of defense is nothing. You need to practice how to use your weapons in as little time as possible.

 

  • Have a quick access. Fumbling through your purse or pockets during an attack is a possibility if you don’t keep your self-defense weapons easily accessible to you. You can put your weapon in your purse if possible or place it where it won’t get buried by some other things. Or if possible, hold it in your hand as you walk to your car at night.

 

  • Pay attention. The best plan is prevention. Pay attention to your surroundings and keep a distance from potential threats. It will also be of great help if you know the nearest exit or the perfect place to run and call for help.

 

We recommend taking a self-defense class to know the basics of defending yourself, and of course, always carry a weapon of your choice. Be sure also to know which self-defense devices are legal to carry or to conceal in your area to avoid legal trouble.

 

 

Benefits Of Learning Self-Defense For Women

Even in today’s dangerous world where women being robbed, kidnapped, and raped, it has not sunk in that women need to learn self-defense. If you have never experienced where you have been attacked and powerless to defend yourself, then thinking about self-defense for women may not be on your mind. However, if you think about it, it would be better if you can protect yourself from someone who attacks you outside the mall for instance. Here are the reasons why as a woman, you need to defend yourself just as men do.

Safety

When you take a self-defense class, you will learn how to take advantage of the dangerous situation and escape from your attacker in the fastest and safest way possible. Very few attackers expect a woman like you to be able to defend herself, so the surprise thingy is your number one defense. It helps if you have a pepper spray or a stun gun or any other non-lethal self-defense as well. Some designs are small and easy to conceal and can be kept in your purse or even on your keychain for instant access.

Social Skills

When you are in a self-defense class, you get a chance to know other people who are your classmates. Having conversations with other people who are taking the course with you is an excellent way to improve your social skills. You just don’t need to forget the primary reason that you are in the class, to begin with, and that is to learn protecting yourself.

Getting in Shape

When you are learning self-defense, you will be doing a lot of exercises, which will help you in getting in shape. It is a fun way to get in shape while learning to self-defense at the same time.

While learning women self-defense, you will likely get all the benefits mentioned above. You are keeping yourself safe while increasing your confidence level at the same. It can also help if you carry non-lethal self-defense weapons at all times to improve your chances of getting away from danger. Here are some of the non-lethal or less-lethal weapons to consider.

Pepper Spray

Pepper sprays are designed to cause pain to the attacker and interfere that assailant’s vision and breathing. You may want to choose the most lethal pepper sprays available, but keep in mind that these type of pepper sprays can be fatal by interfering with breathing. The less powerful versions are recommended if you want to keep the force non-lethal as possible.

Stun Gun

Stun guns are designed to disable an attacker through a high voltage electric shock. They are non-lethal but can also cause death or serious injury in some circumstances. There are two types of stun guns. The first one requires the users to get close enough to the attacker and press the device against the assailant’s body. The second type uses a pair of probes that allow the user to stand off from the attacker by some number of feet.