Use an equalizer! Weapons are a great way for a smaller person to even the odds in an attack. Rather than being a victim, use a weapon!
In Self Defense, you have to operate on the assumption that your attacker will always be bigger and stronger than you. With that in mind, nothing evens the table more than an improvised weapon or your EDC (Every Day Carry). Because there are so many options for an improvised weapon, it is necessary for us to frequently run through the options in our heads. An improvised weapon could be a chair, rock or stapler that happens to be handy. Literally anything can be a weapon. If you have the imagination and will for it to be. Consequently, you need to spend a little time identifying those in your environment.
Every Day Carry – EDC
First of all, while most people think of EDC as a firearm, you actually have many options. EDC could be your tactical pen, pepper spray or your sidearm. What ever the situation, do not go in unprepared. Think through scenarios and do what is right for you. This is not a one size fits all sort of thing. What works for one person will not necessarily be the answer for another. Therefore, decide what weapon(s) is right for you and train like it is happening tomorrow!
In conclusion, weapons are a great equalizer. They literally may be the difference between life and death in a self defense scenario. Most imprtantly, remeber that there is only one rule in a fight, that is Don’t Be Hurt! That being said, I advocate to walk quietly and carry a big stick.
Michael Brown is a seventh degree black belt and Senior Master Instructor of Taekwondo. For over 16 hears he has been serving his communities as a certified instructor of Krav Maga. He is a two time world champion in sparring and a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps. As a big supporter of the 2nd Amendment and a firearm safety expert, Mr. Brown trains individuals in consealed and carry techniques. Michael Brown has been working with families and training people in self defense in North Carolina for over 27 years. He and his wife, Kimberly Brown love working with military personnel, law enforcement and civilians to become combat ready and helping them develop skills that will enable them to be the ‘First Responders’ for their families.