“Found weapons” is a common class topic. What do you have in your pocket, your purse, your backpack, that can be used to help fend off an attacker? A common response is “keys.” Yes, keys can serve as a self-defense weapon. However, most students show me a very awkward way to hold them, poking out between fingers like brass knuckles or Wolverine (the superhero) claws. A better way to hold keys is how you’d open a door — it’s more stable and easy to aim, more maneuverable, and less likely to injury yourself.
I’ve heard that, in the right hands, anything can be used as a weapon (good chance you’ve watched the same bad movie and heard that too). So watch this video (from my Facebook Live of 10/14/2020). I do use some technical terms, such as “pokey” and “thwacky.” These, along with “projectile,” describe different types of weapons. Look around you, and pick up an object. Is it pointy and fairly rigid? Maybe it can be used to poke someone in the eye or throat or other soft tissue. Does it have heft? Maybe it can be used to hit someone. Can you throw it? That would be a projectile.
Now pick up an object of your choice and try to use it on an inanimate object (such as pillow or box). Does it slip out of your hand? Maybe find a better example, or alter your grip. While it’s great to have an idea and even an object for a weapon, trying it out a couple of times is even better.
This year is winding down, and I’m considering my class schedule for the beginning of 2021. Anything you’d like to see? Contact me. Or check back to see what’s currently online. Maybe we’ll have a short session on found weapons.