Imagine this, your just leaving a bar after a few drinks with your friends. Your standing in the parking lot waiting for your cab to pick you up (because drinking and driving is just plain stupid) when a man approaches you. He asks to bum a cigarette, but while you’re busy reaching for the pack he pulls a knife and demands your wallet. You’re completely unarmed because you’ve been in a bar all evening so if you’re going to defend yourself you’ll have to improvise. So you….
Grab Your Keys.
Your keys can be used as an edged weapon if you do it right. Just grip a
single key between your thumb and index finger with the jagged edge
outward. However, I would NOT recommend using this against an opponent
armed with a knife, as the knife adds to his overall reach. But if
you’re facing an unarmed fight this is a great technique to get an
advantage. Just remember, when your life is on the line, there is no
clean or dirty fighting, there is just winning or dying.
Use your Cigarette.
I’m giving this example from personal experience. The only time someone
has attempted to rob me was very much like in the scenario above. My
reaction was impressive mostly because I was drunk at the time… I simply
flicked the cigarette into his face. It hit him somewhere on the
forehead and he immediately threw both hands up to the spot. Just a
simple reaction to being burned on the face. Yet for a second, he was
blocking his own field of vision with his arms, which meant he didn’t
see my back hand until it was to late. I hit him on the side of the head
hard enough to knock him out then stumbled back to the bar to wait for
my cab at a safer location.
Hide Between Two Cars.
This one isn’t really a weapon, but it can be useful if you are being
attacked by more than one person. The idea is to get between two parked
cars so that your opponents can’t flank you. Basically they would be
forced to attack you one at a time or else they’d be tripping over each
other. The best way to use it is to go all out berserker on whoever
follows you in. Take him out of the fight IMMEDIATELY because at least
one of his buddies probably has enough brain cells to realize that there
is another side. If you can take him out quick you can get out from
between the cars before you get engaged by the other guy.
Unfortunately there aren’t a whole lot of common items to find in a
parking lot to use as self defense weapons. If you were already at your
car and had it open I’m sure you’d probably have more options. But at
least there are a few things to consider. By all means, if you can think
of something let me know in the comment box. But I’m drawing a blank
here other than these. Until next time!