Self Defence Weapons in the UK

If you live in the UK, you are breaking the law if you carry ANY weapon, legal or not, for the sole purpose of self defense. The UK’s laws are extremely strict and just about anything can, in the right circumstances and in the eyes of the law, be considered an illegal weapon!
In the UK, you may not carry a knife (even if it’s at the bottom of your handbag). By using a knife in any type of threatening way, then that knife instantly becomes an offensive weapon in the eyes of the law. You could face two years in prison or a £5000.00 fine.
In the UK, gun licencing laws are as follows;-
1. You will need a to obtain a UK Fire Arms Certificate [ FAC ] to legally own certain guns in the UK. There are very strict procedures and restrictions that must be adhered to in order to own certain firearms.
2. If you are aged between 14 years of age and 17 years of age, you are permitted use an air-gun rifle or pistol (as opposed to a firearm that propels actual bullets) at a recognised air-gun club or within the confines of your own land or on private property however you must have the landowner’s permission.
3. Anyone who is over 17 years of age can legally buy air-guns and the air-gun pellets as long as the air-gun is under the UK legal maximum muzzle velocity limit of 12ft.lbs for a rifle and muzzle energy for rifles and 6ft.lbs for pistols.
4. Any air-gun that is over that limit will need a UK Fire Arms Certificate as they are considered high velocity. The Fire Arms Certificate must be obtained before they can be owned.
Pepper Spray
In the UK, it is illegal to carry Pepper Spray as it contains a noxious liquid and is considered an offensive weapon. There are very specific laws that are in section 5(1)(b) of the Firearms Act 1968. This means that ANY weapon that can be used to spray or discharge any noxious liquid, gas or other substance is illegal. However, there are a few alternatives out there that can be used for your own defense if required. They do not contain any noxious liquid and they do comply with the UK law.
In the UK, a person is allowed to carry a product that is not designed as a self defense weapon however you are allowed to carry a product that can help you in a situation where you need to have time to make an escape quickly. These products use a principle of a spray that is discharged from a small canister and can be very effective in giving you vital time to escape from an attacker. There are products available that are 100% UK Law compliant and are perfect for anyone who wants extra protection. When you press the top of the spray, you release red gel onto the attackers face or clothing and this will give you vital seconds to escape. The red gel will dye the attackers face and clothes for up to SEVEN days no matter how hard they try to wash it off. The red gel itself is safe for use on the eyes and will leave no lasting or permanent damage to the attacker’s eyes however it should only be used in an emergency.
Loud Self Defense and Attack Alarms
Personal alarms are designed to produce ear piercing high decibel sounds to scare off any attacker. They are designed to get you noticed. There are many different designs, small and compact and they can be carried around your neck, on a chain or key ring or in your pocket.
These personal alarms are your voice in an attack when you are unable to shout for help. They will also stun or frighten your attacker and hopefully he or she will be the one running from you. They will definitely break that silence, shocking them and anyone else who happens to be in the vicinity.
Using a Torch for Self Defense
You may not have thought about using a torch for self defense however it is completely legal to carry a torch and as long as you do not carry it with the intent of using it for self defense then you will encounter no problems in the UK. You would only use it as a last resort if you were to be attacked. However, torches can be an excellent weapon of choice if you choose the right one.
When choosing a torch, look for one that has a high powered LED light as the beam is very powerful and if an attacker advanced, then shining it in his or her eyes would temporarily blind them making them see white spots in their eyes. You would be able to make a retreat even before they managed to touch you. Look for a torch that includes a strobe light as this can also be very effective and cause disorientation. The last requirement when choosing your torch would be what it was made from. Choose a metal one as this is the best for striking an attacker (in the face/eye or nose) and will cause the most damage should you need to defend yourself.
In the UK, always be aware that carrying an offensive weapon is an illegal act, liable to get you a prison sentence or a hefty fine but as long as you follow the law and do not adapt anything to be a weapon, only using what you have on you in an emergency, then you will be on the right side of the law.
Next time we will be looking at the different sorts of self defense classes that you could take.

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Weapons For Self Defense

Today, we are going to look at some of the legal weapons that women can carry in order to defend themselves from an attacker.

Women generally think of different assault scenarios to prepare for in the event that they find themselves in such situations. It’s common to hear about such assaults as theft, holdup or even rape and women have come up with different weapons to defend themselves in such situations.

Although self-defense techniques can help women in protecting themselves from attackers, it is also advisable to carry defense weapons at all times.

Keychain Stick

Have you ever heard of a Kubotan? The kubotan is a pressure point self defense device. The principal areas for attack in self-defense include bony, fleshy and nerve targets such as knuckles, forearms, bridge of the nose, shins, stomach, solar plexus, spine, temple, ribs, groin, neck, eyes etc. The Kubotan is usually held in either an icepick grip (for hammerfist strikes) or forward grip (for stabbing and pressure point attacks). Common uses include hardening the fist (fistload) for punching, attacking vulnerable parts of an assailant’s body, and gaining leverage on an assailant’s wrist, fingers and joints. With keys attached, it can also function as a flailing weapon.

The Kubotan adds strength to a woman’s punches when it’s grasped behind the fingers. Some Kubotans have side grips which are protruded between the fingers and this can leave an attacker defenseless.

Pepper Spray

In the US, pepper spray is one of the most popular self-defense weapons that women carry with them. Pepper spray contains Oleoresin Capsicum, a lachrymatory agent (otherwise known as tear gas). This can be used to cause temporary pain, blindness, runny nose, throat irritation and uncontrollable coughing and a burning sensation to the attacker. These effects are temporary, lasting 30 to 45 minutes, however it will allow the victim to get away from their attacker. These can be bought, for example, to attach to a key chain and can look harmless to the attacker especially if he or she is not familiar with the weapon.

We will look at more weapons next time.



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Basic Self-Defense Moves For Women

Today we are going to look at other defense moves that should help in part to defend against an attacker. Last time we looked at the elbow jab. Today, we are going to add a few different techniques to your arsenal.

English: Knee Kick Training as a Basic Self De...

English: Knee Kick Training as a Basic Self Defense Move will help you develop the most powerful self defense weapon in the human arsenal. This leg kicking technique requires the least amount of energy to get maximum striking impact. The “force” of your knees are always with you! Learn to use your legs as self defense weapon with a Knee Kick. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hand-Defense Moves

Your hands generally provide comfort and affection however they can also be of great use to you when you need them most. As most women do not have the upper body strength compared to men, a women’s first thoughts should not be to start punching. It is much easier to claw or poke your attacker. You should aim for his or her most vulnerable areas such as the eyes or the inner thigh area that is near the groin. Also, aim for the attacker’s upper inside of their arm, making sure to twist, tear and pinch those sensitive areas.

The Head Butt

Use your head! Why? Because heads are hard because of the thickness of your skull. They can cause great pain and damage to your attacker if you use your head wisely. You could head butt him or her, aiming for his nose or mouth area. Don’t think that you need to be directly in front of your attacker either. You can also do this if you are being attacked from behind especially if your attacker is roughly the same size as you. The main area to aim for is the nose bridge as this is especially painful.

Using your Knees

Most women are shorter than men and this does give them an advantage. Women can use their knees to aim for the groin area of an attacker. If the attacker is male, a strong kneecap to the groin area can cause temporary defenselessness. It would give crucial seconds to run away from your attacker.

Using Your Teeth

If you are caught in a strangle hold position or there is no other way to defend yourself, you could try and bring pain by using your teeth. A good bite (especially on the ear or mouth) can be excruciatingly painful even though you might chip or loose a tooth in the biting. This could present an opportunity to get away from your attacker.

Using Your Feet

Your feet can be one of the most effective body parts that you can use in self-defense. The ball of your foot is perfect for stomping or stepping on the instep of your attacker. You can target the Achilles tendon, the ankle or the calf area of your attacker and cause great pain by doing so. Once again providing you with an opportunity for escape.

In conclusion to these few tips on self defense for Women, it should be said that you as an individual are going to be able to discern or assess your own situation. You should read and remember all the points above and in my previous blog, and then follow the instincts of your own body if you find yourself needing to defend yourself.

Next time we will look at some of the weapons that women can carry legally to help them if such a situation arose.

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Self Defence For Women

The world is a dangerous place, especially for women as compared to men. Woman are more likely to be a target and if you ever find yourself in a position where you have to defend against an attacker, you need to be aware of how to protect yourself.  You may not be able to get hold of your taser or mace that you have in your handbag or pocket unless you are ready by anticipating an attack.

However most assaults happen in micro seconds and although your first reaction would be to run, it could not always be the best solution. It is very important that women learn how to defend themselves using self-defense techniques and having the right attitude in times of imminent danger.


When confronted by an attacker, your first instinct should always be whether to stay in place and convince the attacker to let you go or to run away as fast as you can. This is where you need to be able to rely on self-dense techniques that you have learned that shows you how to use your body as a potential weapon which you can use against any attacker should you need to.

A) The Elbow Jab

Your elbows could be your most deadly weapon during an assault or attack. This is because elbows are sharp and can cause a lot of damage or pain when you strike an aggressor. The important part of learning this technique is to learn how to throw your weight behind your elbow to execute an ‘elbow jab’.

This is a relatively simple move as you only have to twist your waist and use your lower and upper half of your body to maximize the power of your elbow swing.  The best place to aim for is the aggressor’s groin, nose, ribs, throat or diaphragm. This will incapacitate the aggressor for a short time during which you have a change to run away.

Next time we will cover hand defense moves as well as head butts, teeth and knee defense moves.

Karate Kick


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Get Your Juices Flowing

Once you have analyzed your situation, you may well find that if you change your mindset, alter one or two problems at work, you will once again enjoy your full time job with the same passion as when you started. If on the other hand, you have decided to change your way of life, then you need to work on the next step.

In order to get your juices flowing, you have to determine the following;-

a) Are you better working with a team or alone?

b) Are you more logical minded or more on the creative minded side?

c) If you’re working with numbers, would you prefer working on the design side of things?

Now you need to get your adrenalin pumping and reestablish the balance between your mind and your body so exercise regularly for at least half and hour each day. Stop smoking, eat healthily and drink plenty of water.  Your healthy bod and mind will help your passion return to do what you love best.

If you are happy to stay in your present career, think about expanding your knowledge by attending seminars or classes to help you further your career.

However, if you feel you would be better off doing something completely different, take time off to travel and broaden your perspective. Take a half-pay sabbatical if you can.

Experience has shown us that intention by itself does absolutely nothing. However, when you include an emotion, and trust your emotions (in other words ‘go with the flow’), it works a whole lot better. It is indeed a balance and once your thoughts and feelings are working in harmony with your brain and your body, you are in a state of being. You are ready to listen to what you are thinking.

Blooming lotus in peaceful mind...

Blooming lotus in peaceful mind… (Photo credit: Thai Jasmine (…Smile..))

Your passion will not arrive overnight. If you follow these proactive steps, you will eventually see a gradual boost in your enthusiasm and you will start the day with a fresh mind set which will be contagious to your fellow workers. You will feel in control of your life once again and your future will be in your hands once again. YOU will take control. YOU will determine what YOU must do to protect your family and YOURSELF for YOUR future.

It really is up to each person to decide what challenges them. Just as Nike’s motto states – “Just Do It”. Your natural challenge instinct will drive you through. Don’t wait around waiting to be inspired. Look into YOURSELF for your own inspiration. It is there. It just needs encouraging. “Just Do It!”







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Discovering What You Are Passionate About

Ok, so you’ve chosen to escape the drab day to day monotony of your life. What next? You would like to live your life to the fullest as well as earning rich rewards. But how do you separate the dream from reality?

When you are in a job you tolerate, the day goes slowly, you are constantly gazing at the clock like you used to do at school. You are obviously in a job you plainly do not have the passion for. However, when you do work out what you are passionate about, your days will never be long enough. You will find yourself working additional hours, talking to your companions about your work and simply enjoying what you do.

Let’s start with your hobbies and obsessions.  Think back and try to remember the things you used to enjoy when you were young. It may be cycling, gardening or repairing your car. Write down all the things you used to really enjoy doing because what used to make you smile and be happy might still cause you to smile and be happy today and in the future. To start with, start spending an hour or two on those hobbies that make you happy. They might just hold the key to the true you!

Climing Ladder of Success

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Does Success Happen Overnight?

Living your passionate life and living for your own purpose includes having around you those that support you. It might not sound like a big deal however it’s crucial. Image you have a really great idea, your excited, enthusiastic and you tell your friends and loved ones and you get an unexcited response.

This is due to the fact that this great idea is yours and yours alone. It comes from your heart and invigorates you. You need people around you who will become just as excited and as enthusiastic as yourself and once you have this team in place, hold on them tightly. They will be YOUR team. They will be energised by what YOU are doing. You will be able to go to them with YOUR ideas and they will support YOU. It really is hard to try to work in a vacuum without any outside support. So, once you have YOUR team, put a process in place to regularly meet with them.

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This can be done over the telephone or in person. It may be better to meet as a group or on an individual basis. Tell each of YOUR team YOUR expectations and how you want their support. This may all seem to be hard and very draining but if you create an environment of support and encouragement, this will help you to keep on moving forward to your ultimate goal.



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What’s Your Passion

You’ve got a great family and all‟s good with the world, you’re working a decent eight hour day and have a good salary coming in. However, you can’t help feeling deep down as if you’re headed nowhere. Your career is not in an upward direction either. You’re in reality stagnating in your career and mentally and spiritually. Something is lacking! But you can’t put your finger on what it is.

If you had a lot of money in the Bank and didn’t have to worry about a salary, what would you be doing? Would you try something that you’ve always wanted to do? Would you try something exciting? Would you try something that you’ve always desired to do?

Now, ask yourself why you are not doing that currently. Is it because of money? Is it because of family or friends or because you don’t want to leave your comfort zone?

Perhaps you just don’t know where to begin? I doubt its because you are lazy. After all, you’re holding down a regular job and receiving a good enough salary.

Next time we will be exploring your options and what it means to step outside the box while still being in charge of your life and that of your family.

Salary Vezo pirogue sunset, par Franck Vervial

Salary Vezo pirogue sunset, par Franck Vervial (Photo credit: Franck Vervial)

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