So what do you do in an instance where you need to defend yourself but you've been stripped of your self-defense tools? You improvise.
For instance, you can bring a ball-point pen with you virtually everywhere. And as the National Institute of Health notes, they can be quite effective -
Commonly available items including a ball point pen, a plastic knife, a broken wine bottle, and a broken wine glass were used to inflict stab and incised wounds to the necks of 3 previously euthanized Large White pigs. With relative ease, these items could be inserted into the necks of the pigs next to the jugular veins and carotid arteries.Some other considerations -
- Pencils, forks and spoons
- Walking canes and walking sticks
- Your belt and buckle, used to slash and strike
A 22-year-old woman used a hot cup of coffee to fend off an armed assailant during a violent struggle in a parking lot Friday morning, police said.Accept The Challenge
The attacker put a handgun to the woman’s back and threatened to shoot her if she didn’t get into the car, Griffin said.
The woman resisted and the carjacker struck her in the head with his gun during the ensuing struggle, Griffin said.
“He had her in the car,” Griffin said. “He actually even said, ‘You’re going to drive,’ or words to that effect.”
The fight ended when the woman threw hot coffee in the carjacker’s face and freed herself, he said.
A criminal will use the element of surprise to mount their attack. You need to be mentally prepared to improvise and defend yourself if you find yourself without your traditional self-defense tools.
In addition to using the "striking tools" of your body - your fists/hands, elbows, forehead, knees, feet and legs - you need to consider other unconventional weapons, and how you'd use them.
What is available to strike an attacker? Scald? Club? Blind? Stab? Choke?
Remember to attack the weakest point of your assailant - the eyes, nose, throat, groin - and make your escape. You're not there to make an arrest. Disable, Escape and Report.
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