Why Get A Self Defense Product?
If you've been training in Karate, why get a self defense product? Simple, better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it. This page will feature product reviews, tactical strategies and methods on how to use a self defense product in conjunction with your Karate skills to complete your self protection capability.
This is especially useful for Karate women who might be confronted by men who are stronger or by multiple assailants. They will then need to fight with everything that they have to survive the hostile encounter, from using the appropriate Street Karate techniques, pressure points strikes to weapons of opportunities to any self defense product that they might be carrying.
Having a self defense product might be critical in situations when your Street Karate techniques or pressure points strikes failed to work for whatever reasons, or to distract and disable your assailant long enough so that you can run away.
In a nutshell, carrying a self defense product have many benefits. But you must know how to use it properly. This is where your Street Karate skills will come in handy, not just to help you defend yourself but also to retain your weapon in the likelihood that your assailant might attempt to grab it.
What you can use against your assailant can be taken and use back against you! Bet most of you never thought of that. Street Karate skills complemented by your favorite self defense product will give you a better chance in a hostile situation, especially for Karate women.
THERE ARE NO RULES IN A VIOLENT ENCOUNTER. SIMPLY USE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN!
Let's review some of the most useful self defense products here:
Although most people looking for self defense product would be choosing between either Pepper Sprays and Stun Guns, I personally think that Kubotan Keychains should be considered first.
A Kubotan is a long metal or hard plastic keychain with either pointy or flat edge shaped for poking, jabbing, key slashing, and eye gouging, perfect for the Karate women (or men) to inflict maximum pressure points strikes damage. It's benefits include small size & lightweight, quick to use, not considered a weapon (less legal liability) and it enhance your Street Karate techniques.
It's drawbacks include not a range weapon (you need to hit your assailant), require some "fighting" skills to work, and might lose your grip easily (for the untrained users).
A person trained in Street Karate will use the Kubotan to inflict sharp pain on the soft tissues and disabling pressure points strikes. Generally speaking, you use swinging strikes against bony areas and jabs or pokes against fleshy areas (strike bones and poke nerves).
Karate women will find the Kubotan useful to disable assailants who's extend their limbs to seize, grab, bear hug or push them.
Pepper Spray is made from all-natural ingredients - chilies and oil. The active ingredient taken from chilies is called: "oleoresin capsicum," or OC. So sometimes it is also called OC Spray.
It's benefits include small size (in key chain, pen, ring etc), easy to use, effective (assailant lose focus on you), lasting (enough time for you to run away) and good range (between 5 to 12 feet).
It's drawbacks include taking few seconds to work, blowback (against user) and needs time aim (useless in a surprise attack). There is a new model that comes in a wearable ring form, ensuring you will never need to draw to shoot it or risk dropping it.
If you have bought one, draw a circle on a tree about average human height and try to aim and spray it. Pepper Spray needs to reach the face (even better if eyes) for it to work effectively. Try to practice moving (to avoid his charge), drawing (from your purse, pocket), aiming then shooting in one fast sequence.
Get a friend to hold a transparent plastic sheet over his face and try to spray him while he charge and attack you. It's OK to finish a whole can on this practice. Better yet, try to attend a class that teaches you how to use it properly. No point carrying it if you cannot use it effectively.
I hope by now you are clear on how carrying a self defense product will complement your Street Karate skills quite well. You can inflict more damage with the self defense product, remove your threats faster, disable your assailant/s, buy more time to run away and do everything you can do with your Street Karate skills but better.
Of course, in the unlikely event you lose or drop your weapon for self defense, you still have your Street Karate skills to rely on! Personally, I prefer something compact, inconspicuous yet extremely powerful like the SureFire flashlight for a few good reasons: you can use it like a Kubotan for striking, you can blind your assailant with it, you don't run afoul of the law for carrying offensive weapons and it's compact to carry around.
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Learn how to use the Kubotan for self defense from the creator himself, Master Tak Kubota.
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