for Self Defense
Occasionally one of
my students will ask me what I think about using weapon for self
defense. They are not talking about guns or even knives but the
more common things like pepper sprays, key batons, mace, etc.
Inherently there are
a few problems with these type of weapons. First, you have to
have the weapon ready and available when you need it. The reality
is you never know when you are going to be attacked. Sure, there
are some situations which develop slowly and you may have the
opportunity to reach into your pocket or purse and get out your
pepper spray but I wouldn't count on it.
Can you imagine fumbling
with your glove box door, purse or even your coat pocket, trying
to get to your weapon while you are under the effects of an adrenal
Even if you have the
weapon ready when that dreaded time comes, there is another serious
problem. That is that unless you can disguise it, your attacker
is going to immediately know that you possess a weapon.
You lose the all important
element of surprise which is one of the fundamental foundations
of good self defense. Your attacker knows what you have and what
and how you intend to use it.
A better scenario is
if you know how to take just about anything in your environment
and turn it into a viscious weapon of self defense.
Years ago I learned
this technology from a very private and somewhat strange martial
art master. I have only taught this to small groups of people
a few times over the year until recently.
One night after a self
defense class I was speaking to a couple of my black belts about
this system and before you know it there was a crowd of students
asking questions about it. I hesitantly agreed to teach a class
on it and was surprised at the interest it generated.
We later filmed the
entire process and now have it available at
www.self-defense-weapons.com. It truly levels the playing
field against bigger and stronger attackers.
Shihan Michael Pace