Other Common Self-Defense Tools
As I wrote about in my last article, there are numerous
non-lethal self-defense products on the market today.
This is mostly because self-defense has become more and more
necessary in the world that we live in, unfortunately. And as I
have written in other articles, some folks just aren't
comfortable with firearms. Some of the most popular
non-lethal self-defense products today include tasers and stun
guns, pepper spray, and personal alarms. But there are
also what I refer to as other " or "every-day items" such as
your keys, cell phone, a good tactical pen, a walking stick, and
a good flashlight can also be very effective parts of your
self-defense arsenal. Using your head and your other
senses, especially your loud voice, will help you as well.
Cell Phones for Self-Defense:
Cell phones look innocent enough. In fact, they have saved many lives,
by enabling us to call for help, no matter where we were. However, you
have to know how to effectively use your cell phone if you expect it to
bring help to a dangerous situation.
Most people think it is best to keep the cell phone on them during an
attack. Depending on the attack, this may be so, but the cell phone can
also be used to get away. Dial 911 if your attacker does not have a hold
of you yet. Listen for the answer. In a very loud voice, state your
first name, your location, and let it be known that you are being
attacked and need help. Keep your eyes on your attacker.
Your attacker's purpose at this point, having seen you using the cell
phone, is to get that cell phone away from you. Surprise him. Drop the
phone where you stand, and run. The attacker is most likely going to
stop to disconnect the call to 911, thinking that they haven't had time
to track your location -- in most cases, they haven't had time, but
you've already given them your location, so it doesn't matter.
Another way to use a cell phone is to keep it out of sight. If you have
been kidnapped, or carjacked, and you are still in the car, when your
assailant is not looking, simply dial 911, keeping the phone out of his
sight. Then proceed to talk to your attacker, in a voice loud enough to
be heard over the phone. Give as many details as possible about the
vehicle you are in, the area you are in, and the direction you are
heading, without raising the suspicion of your attacker.
Cell phones were once thought of as a convenience. These days, we know
that cell phones really can save lives. Make sure that you have a plan
to use your cell phone in your own self-defense, should the need ever
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Other Common Items for Self-Defense
When we think in terms of weapons for self-defense, we often think in
terms of guns and knives. These are not good choices for self-defense
weapons for the most part, because in many areas, it is illegal to carry
them, and in many instances, there is a great risk that the weapon will
be taken and used against you in the event that you are attacked.
Have you ever noticed that we seldom pay attention to what is in plain
sight? Ordinary, everyday objects get little attention from us -- and
are likely to get little attention from anyone else. Instead of using
"traditional" weapons for self-defense, consider using some ordinary
Ideally, anything that has weight and/or a point can be used as a
weapon. Let's take a look at three "ordinary" items that could qualify
as a weapon.
An umbrella --
for use as a weapon, the newer, fold-up type umbrellas
really don't work well. You need one of the older-style
umbrellas that have a metal point on the end. These are
usually larger, and have a cane type handle.
A purse with a
strap -- we've always been told that clutch-style
purses are safer to carry than strap-style purses, because
the straps can be cut and the purse easily stolen. Carry a
strap-style purse, with weight in it -- but carry it like a
clutch, with the strap firmly wrapped around your hand, and
the purse hugged close to your body.
As you can imagine, keys won't do any real damage to
anyone if you stabbed with them, but they do considerable
damage if you stab in the right place. Hold the key ring in
the palm of your hand, with the longest key protruding out
from between your index and middle knuckles. If attacked,
literally punch with that hand holding those keys in that
way. Aim for the eyes or the softest part of the throat, at
the bottom of the neck.
There are many uses for belts. Most people wear belts for
only two reasons -- for fashion, or to hold one's pants up.
But there is also another use for a belt: self-defense. A
belt, if properly designed and used, makes a very effective
weapon. You've probably heard jokes about Texans and
their huge belt buckles. Have you ever thought to consider
how much damage those huge belt buckles can do when swung at
an assailant from the end of that thick leather belt? It can
do more damage than one might think.
Cane or Walking
Stick -- The chances are fairly good that you
walk just fine, without the aid of a cane. However, have you
ever considered that a cane can be a very effective weapon?
They can, if you know how to correctly use one. First,
select a good cane that has some weight to it. Choose one
crafted from a hard wood, such as hickory or oak. There are
also canes that have a point at the end of the "hook"
instead of a smooth rounded edge. Consider purchasing such a
cane. One thing to note is that a cane can be taken
away from you and used against you. For this reason, it is
really important that you invest a few dollars more into a
good course that teaches you not only how to use the cane
for self-defense, but also how to avoid having it being
taken from you by your assailant.
Head - Literally!
If you are attacked, your first inclination may be to panic.
However, any good self-defense class will teach you that you
must keep your wits about you, and use your head. A good class
will also teach you that there is more than one way to use your
If you are grabbed and held from behind, and your head comes
even just up to the attacker's chin, you have the advantage,
even if your arms are pinned. The back of your head is very
hard, and if you look down, and then slam your head back into
the attacker's chin or face, they will literally see stars, and
will most likely loosen their grip -- long enough for you to get
You may have a headache afterwards, but you won't knock yourself
out. The back of your skull is much harder than the bones in
their chin or nose! You also won't give yourself whiplash,
simply because their face or chin is there to keep you from
throwing your head too far back, with too much force. Don't be
gentle. Throw your head back at them with as much force as you
Use your mouth as well. Scream. If they cover your mouth with
their hand, try to get your mouth open enough to bite their
hand. It is true that you may need to worry about diseases, but
at that point, a disease is the least of your worries. Bite them
Another way that you can use your head is again with your mouth.
Start gagging, and if possible, throw up. Depending on what the
assailant's purpose was, this may disgust them enough for you to
get away -- or for them to go away.
Of course, continue to keep your wits about you. Immediately
start looking for an escape route or for help. Stay calm and
think. There will be time later -- after the danger has passed
-- to let the fear overcome you.
As you can see, a weapon doesn't actually have to serve in its normal
capacity as a weapon to be used as one. There are many other "ordinary"
items that you can use in your self-defense as well. For best results,
make sure that you have more than one with you at all times. Using
your head and not being a passive and stationary target will go a long
way in helping you overcome an attack.
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