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.
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.
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.