Batons for self defense

 

 When I was boy, my father taught me how to fence.   I never thought of it as a defensive method, however as I look back on those years I can definitely recognise its basic function as both defensive and offensive.  Walking around with a sword in society today would by its sheer  cumbersomeness would cause strange looks from everyone including the police.  The tactical baton is a more conventional extension of the sword of years gone by.  The baton does require skill to use effectively. The purpose of this article is to show you some of the skills I developed over the years and how they will make your use of the baton more effective.  Of course you realise that any defensive weapon that provides distance between you and an attacker is the best.  A rocket between you and them is great, then maybe a gun.  Failing to have none of these, Tasers and then pepper spray will allow distance.   The sword or baton requires reaction time and distance.  They are impact weapons that require time to gain momentum in order to do damage.  Time is defined as the distance between you and your attacker.  This distance allows you to strike foward with power but allows you reaction time to slip back defend yourself when your attacker strikes.

 As you might imagine, this distance requirement is both an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage, which really comes from the length of the baton, is that you may very well be able to stay outside the effective striking range of your attacker and yet still be able to strike back at him. This is especially true if you target the weapon, hands, arms, etc. of your attacker, and he is trying to strike at your body.  In fencing there are rules  as in any sport today.  In the days that swords where used to defend or agress, there where no rules of engagement.  You killed or where killed.     

 A big advantage impact weapons have over other types of close combat weapons is that you can effectively strike at the attacker’s weapon.  This allows you to stop the weapon of an opponent, something most other close combat weapons can’t do. It is quite possible to disarm an attacker with a good strike around his grip  . Besides the attacker’s weapon, you typically want to target bony areas when striking with an impact weapon. These include the wrist, elbow, knee, ribs, collarbone and head.  muscle  hits with a baton will cause pain and possibly some muscle cramping, but it won’t be nearly as enervating as a strike to bone. One solid strike to an attacker’s knee will probably end the encounter right there. That is another advantage of the baton – it has the ability to disable an attacker without having to kill him to do it.  With a baton, anywhere you strike will do damage.  BEWARE: Legally, any strike to the head, neck or spine is considered probable lethal force.

I’ve talked about where to hit, now let’s talk about how to hit.   Your grip should be secure but not tight I was told over and over again that one should grip a sword as if it was a live bird, firmly enough so as to not allow its flight, but gently as to not injure it.  The same holds true with the baton. 

 There are four basic types of strike available to you with an impact weapon.

  1. A slashing blow is one that intersects and then moves across the target to the other side. These are most often horizontal or downward angled strikes that, for instance, start on your left side and end on your right side. Swinging a baseball bat would be an example of a slashing strike. These strikes tend to be the most powerful type of strike. They also have the best flow of any strike; in other words it is easier to flow from one strike to the next with these strikes because you are moving with the momentum of the weapon, keeping the weapon in motion, keeping its energy and power, and simply steering it where you want it to go next rather than stopping it and starting it again. A horizontal slash (with the tip of your baton angled up somewhat) is very effective at striking and deflecting downward attacks.
  2. The second type of strike is the jab. This strike whips forward, impacts the target and then retracts back to its original position again. Although not as powerful as a slashing strike, the jab does have a couple of advantages: it is very accurate and can effectively strike small target areas, it can be used effectively in confined spaces. It is most used in sword play.
  3. The downward circular strike is really just a particular kind of slashing strike. It describes a vertical  circle between you and the target that returns to its original position upon completion. This strike is very quick and powerful because it has the assistance of gravity and because in the typical ready stance, with your baton held vertically in front of you, you are already  to execute the strike.  Although it moves downward, also moves outward as it describes a circle, especially if you chamber the baton by angling the tip backward over your shoulder prior to your strike. Thus, you can use it to strike down onto the frontal face of an attacker (or weapon) at about a 45-degree angle of impact. The downward circular strike can be done to any degree within a 180-degree plane in front of you. It is quite effective at stop-hitting incoming horizontal attacks as long as you target the face of the incoming weapon and strike it away from you rather than trying to strike it downward.
  4. The last type of strike is the thrust. To be effective with a baton, the thrust must follow a similar line as the uppercut punch or hook punch (from the side). A thrust straight forward just doesn’t have any real power. The thrust is one technique that can be used at relatively close range if necessary. If done to the solar plexus of an attacker, it can be a very potent strike. One thing to be aware of with a tactical baton such as the ASP, your weapon is collapsible and a powerful thrusting strike may collapse it. Even if your weapon does collapse, there is a good chance your strike will stop the attacker at least long enough for you to reopen the baton.

 a baton can also block or parry. To block with a baton, you essentially move it between you and the incoming attack, shielding yourself. A block can be quick – it requires very little motion to pivot your baton into position – it can be done inside the effective range of your strikes and it will stop an incoming blow.  Somtimes however, there are times when a block is the only thing that will work.

Upon impact both of your feet should be firmly on the ground (although you can step into a strike) because your legs on the ground provide the foundation of your power. Again, it is somewhat similar to swinging a baseball bat.

Footwork and positioning is probably the second most important factor when using a baton in combat. It is rare that you want to move straight forward or backward. Ideally, when you step forward you want to angle to the outside of your attacker as if you were stepping along the lines of the letter “V” (starting at the bottom where the two lines meet and moving out towards the top of the “V” as you step). If your opponent attacks with a horizontal slash to your left side and you step forward angling to the right you have done several things: 1) you have not significantly changed the distance between you and your attacker even though you stepped forward, 2) you have given yourself a little more reaction time and a great angle of attack on the hand holding incoming weapon and 3) you have moved inside of the opponents ideal striking range and power, but have kept him at your ideal striking range. Likewise, when you strike at your attacker, whenever possible move and strike to the outside of his weapon hand as this will make it more difficult for him to strike back at you in return and make it easier for you to defend against his return strikes. When you move backward, you should angle back and out, along the lines of an upside down “V” as well. If an opponent is rushing this allows you to slip to the side, block his strike if necessary, and then be in a position to hit him as he goes by.

 In every state, it is illegal to carry such a weapon concealed without a permit. In some states, it is illegal to carry one at all (even in states such as Texas that allow you to carry concealed firearms – but for some reason do not allow you to carry impact weapons, concealed or otherwise). In quite a few states a baton is legal to carry, as long as it is not concealed. So check with your local regulations, and the laws of any state where you will be traveling.

Regardless of what weapon you choose to carry, whether it is pepper spray or a gun or anything in between, remember that it is only a tool and the best advantage you will ever have comes not from your weapon, but from your brain and your attitude – those are the things that will determine how useful your weapon can be. And finally – plan, prepare, practice!  Check out this video: http://youtu.be/OVYWMESM0-A

Sicko targets girl

THE HEAD of a city program for kids was busted for exposing himself to an 11 year old girl as she walked to school in Harlem.

It appears that no one is immune to the depravity of people who are held in the highest regards by all of us.  What can we do to stop this crap, other than taking the law into our own hands.  Well you know where that leads us.  Anyway this jerk was described as a well-dressed professional and has a young son who stays with him on weekends.  Neighbors say they will be more cautious in the future….Well that’s great, but what do you have to have happen before its too late.   The super in his building said the guy always said “Hi.”  Jeeze that sure makes it okay, right?  This is like all the neighbors and friends of convicted killers who always tell you what a great guy this guy or another was and how he was a A student and more bullshit…..I wish I had a taser or stun gun I could give kids, but that’s not going to work but pepper sprays but Doug Lamb has a great book that should be in every parents library. “The Facts About Defense Sprays And How To Use Them To Bring Criminals To Their Knees.”

Protection on hotel property

Protection on hotel property will always be a problem.  I  worked for several years in hotel security and know quite a bit about the dangers that can befall unsuspecting guests.   A 40-year-old woman was assaulted when she was in her mini van in the parking lot of the Marriott Hotel and Spa in Stamford, Connecticut. The woman was raped at gun point in front of her two children, both of whom were below seven years of age at the time. The rapist, 55 year old Gary Fricker, has since been found guilty, and is currently serving a 20-year sentence.

Security still is a taboo in the global hotel industry. Not only is it a topic that might give some guests the jitters, but it’s one many hoteliers fear is akin to Pandora’s box—once it’s opened, all the problems will be released.

 Hoteliers need to do a better job by talking about security openly and regularly at staff and association meetings. Hotel executives should insist their GMs make security a priority.

  • Someone staying in a hotel room for the weekend cannot install a security system or surveillance cameras.
  • No matter where you are at some point in time it is possible that someone might try to break in to your space. This possibility exists whether you are home or in a first class hotel.  While some areas do have higher crime rates than other areas, no area is immune to crime. Even though you don’t own the space, there are several invaluable methods you can use to lessen the chance of someone breaking in.
  1. First, keep your doors and windows  locked at all times. Most hotels don’t have doormen any longer, and even those who do can’t guarantee your safety.  The truth is, there is no way for you to know who is in the building. What if you are attacked by a guest, or by someone who lives on your floor? It’s always safest to keep your doors and windows shut and locked, no matter how safe you feel in a hotel.
  2. Second, be aware of potential security threats. Know who to call in case of any emergency that might occur while you’re in the hotel room, from a break-in to a water leak. Even if you only plan to stay there a few weeks, you never know what could happen, and it’s best to know how to deal with these issues before you’re panicking.
  3. No matter where you live, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Make a mental note of people who seem to be loitering outside the building. Never let anyone inside a secure building, even if they are fumbling around as if looking for their set of keys. If someone is knocking directly on your door, do not assume that they have a good reason to be doing so, and never let them into your personal space unless you are sure that they have a valid reason for coming inside.
  4. Finally, protect yourself and your room with a personal alarm. Many of these portable alarms can also function as door or window alarms, emitting a loud alarm to scare away anyone who attempts to enter without your knowledge. This is a great option when traveling; its very small size enables it to fit easily in your luggage, or even in your pocket, where you can use it to scare off would-be purse snatchers and others who might try to harm you on your travels. Personal alarms are a great choice for those who plan to move soon, since they are so easy to take with you when you go.

 

Twenty One Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You…

 Twenty One Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You…

1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.Barking dog alarms are available.

3. I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature. Glass breakage alarms are available.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the sidewalk or driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer on your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.

5. If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks up to the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set through the glass. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door (understandable). But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. Don’t take me up on it!

10. Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet. Various diversion safes are available.

11. Here’s a helpful hint : I almost never go into kids’ rooms.

12. You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you’re reluctant to leave your TV on while you’re out of town, a timer can  be purchased that will turn on a TV set or radio a couple of hours a day.

14. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

15. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

16. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.

17. I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

18. I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

19. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste … and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

20. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation. A block of wood between the upper sash and the window will allow some air in or just buy a air freshner unit.

21. If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, Kentucky, security consultant Chris McGoey, and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.

 

TASER TODAY

TASER M26C Black 

Available both to law enforcement and consumers Tasers continue to  be a remarkable alternative to lethal weapons.  Now I am not an anti gun advocate.  I am a member of the NRA and own firearms.    In my mind crime reports are a political ploy to create false a sense of security.  The FBI publishes statistics garnered from police departments and other law enforcement agencies throughout the US.  These reports are not necessarily based on an exact science.  So if you think about it, it’s evident to most people that when the world’s economy sucks, a lot of people do bad things and care less about the people they screw with.  O’kay so a lot of people find themselves in bad situations and unfortunately have less than impeccable moral fiber.  Do we kill them?  I don’t think so.  Do we hurt them?  You bet your ass.  One of the ways to hurt them is using tasers.  There  600,000 of them in use by 16,300 law enforcement agencies in 107 countries.

Taser (TASR) was founded in 1991 (originally as “Air Taser”).  Controversy has surrounded the non-lethal weapon, which shoots two darts that create an electrical current and incapacitate a suspect’s muscle function, but police departments swear by it.

Negative stories blown out of proportion by salacious headlines paint the wrong picture.  If someone gets hit by a Taser and dies, that becomes the whole story.   In the cases of serious injury or death, the cause is typically a state called “excited delirium” and involves a suspect that is on drugs and hyper-agitated.   Two out of every 1,000 exposures to a Taser result in serious injury.  According to an LAPD study, that number for a kick is 450, for a punch is 780, and for exposure to a gunshot it’s 500 (the other 500 are deaths).

NON-LETHAL self defense

According to the F.B.I. Bureau of Crime Statistics, there are over 1,300,000 violent crimes reported every year in this country, and these include over 800,000 aggravated assaults, over 88,000 forcible rapes, and over 400,000 robberies. Kinda makes you wonder where we are going as a society, but its been like this since Moses tried to save the Jews.With that said, many people are purchasing non-lethal self-defense products to have on hand just in case an unexpected situation comes up where they may need a little protective edge to prevent something worse from happening. Carrying around a shot gun or an AKA  just doesn’t look cool.

  Are Non-Lethal Self-Defense Products Effective?

If you don’t own a firearm or you own a gun, but it isn’t legal (shame on you) and/or practical to carry it with you, then you may want to consider another form of self-defense. You could take a martial arts or other self-defense course. If you don’t have the time or money, Fast and Furious Street Smarts DVD - Jacov Bresslerthen investing in a non-lethal self-defense weapon is a more practical way to go.

Non-lethal weapons have proven to be highly effective in adverse situations. However, unless you know what kind of a weapon best suits your needs, how to use that weapon, and the legality of owning and using it where you live, then carrying a self-defense weapon could get you into trouble. So, while non-lethal self-defense is a great idea, check out your options  before you buy.

Popular Non-Lethal Weapons
The following is a list of some of the popular non-lethal self-defense products available:

Cell Phones  Pretender Cell Phone Stun Gun 4.5 Million Volt
Cellular telephones are considered to be one of the best self-defense devices available, because they are fairly inexpensive, legal everywhere, and they are multipurpose.

  • Flashlights   9 LED Flashlight
    Anodized aluminum flashlights are small and can be carried in a pocket or purse, and the flashlight is heavy and sturdy enough to be used as a club.
  • Pepper Sprays     4oz Pepper Shot Pepper Spray Stream Police departments and other authorities often recommend pepper spray, but pepper sprays have their drawbacks. For one they don’t work well if you try to spray an attacker who is upwind of you. Another is that some are illegal to own. Their propellants have an expiration date you need to be aware of, and sometimes their containers leak.
  • Mace SpraysMace® Police Model - Tear Gas w/ UV Dye
    Mace sprays are like pepper sprays, except in addition to OC pepper and CN tear gas, they also contain a UV marking dye. The OC pepper in Mace sprays cause the burning in the eyes, uncontrollable coughing, and choking. CN tear gas causes profuse tearing, an intense burning sensation on the skin, and disorientation. The UV dye marks the attacker and can aid in identifying the person if he or she is apprehended.
  • Stun Batons  Stun Master Mini Stun Baton
    Stun Batons can be as long as 18 inches long and have 800,000 volts of power. 
The sides of some stun batons may also be electrified to prevent an attacker from grabbing the stun baton from you. These often come with a belt loop holster so you can carry the baton on your belt.
  • Stun Flashlights and Lipsticks Stun Master 950,000 Volt Rechargeable Lipstick Stun Gun with Flashlight
    These are strong mini-stun items that are rechargeable and fairly small, so they are easy to hide and handle. They usually have a safety switch and/or disable pin to prevent accidental discharges. While these stun guns are small, they are powerful and pack a wallop.
  • Cell Phone Stun Guns   Rechargeable PRETENDER Stun Gun 4.5 Million Volts (black)
    The cell phone stun guns look exactly like a cell phone but can’t make or receive calls. Some of these babies carry 4.5 Million volts of power. You can wear them on your belt or put them in your pocket or purse.
  • Personal Alarms130db Alarm w/Door Alarm  
    These are super loud mini alarms that are activated when the pin is pulled from the unit. They are designed to emit a very loud alarm to draw attention in a bad situation. You can wear them on your belt or in your pocket or purse, and some come with a door alarm accessory that converts into a portable door or window alarm.
  • High Velocity Sling ShotsSlingshot  
    Some of these slingshots have a range of over 100 yards. Most, but not all, are made of light aluminum with a leather pouch.
  • Pistol Crossbow50lb Pistol Crossbow  
    This is a mini crossbow with a 50 pound draw, which means it can fire an arrow over 120 feet in less than 1 second. These are usually durable and have adjustable sights.
  • Throwing Stars, Ninja Moon Stars Throwing Stars
    These are star-shaped metal objects with very sharp edges. They are used as martial arts weapons and they are thrown. The pointed tips will easily stick into target board, wood, walls and skin. These can be highly dangerous and should only be used by those trained to use them properly.
  • Ninja Spiked Kubotan KeychainPointed Kubotan
    These spiked keychains can penetrate flesh, bone, and everything else. Made of solid, heavy-duty stainless steel, these little self-defense tools can do some serious damage. 

Parting Words of Advice
The best way to avoid becoming the victim of violent crime is to walk around with your eyes open and stay the Hell away from dangerous areas, and carry a non-lethal self-defense weapon with you. By doing these things you can maximize your safety and the safety of those who are with you.

STUN GUN vs STINK GUN

                         

Cops Believe North Carolina Inmate Hid 10-Inch Revolver In His Rectum. Luckily, It Was Unloaded.

A man arrested this week in North Carolina may have stashed a .38 barrel revolver in his rectum, according to police, who reported that the unloaded 10-inch weapon was not discovered until after the suspect had been booked into a cell in the county jail.  The phrase, ” may have,” strikes me as somewhat axiomatic however. It appears that Michael Leon Ward, a 22-year-old Georgia resident, was arrested Monday after a trooper spotted him speeding. Ward, who resisted arrest, was subdued with the help of a stun gun. A subsequent search of his vehicle resulted in additional charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Thankfully no one was injured in this incident and everything seemed to be in order.  But it was only after Ward–who is a fugitive on a murder warrant out of Atlanta–entered the Onslow County jail that sheriff’s investigators discovered what else he possessed.

According to cops, Ward, pictured at right, summoned jailers to his cell, claiming that someone was trying to kill him, and that he discovered a gun inside his cell. The weapon was found in the toilet, where Ward claimed he tossed it after finding it in his bunk.

 

                                           Click the baton!

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