ok heres the upshot, recently theres been a massive 'firestorm' of debate on the need/ lack of need and relation of guns to defense and violent crime. the talk has really got me thinking, this and other people on the net talking about self and home defence technique. and has posed the questions.
how able am i, if needed, to defend myself, on the street, or at home.
now abit of background of me on this subject, living in urban sydney, i guess its not TOO surprising to expect that my gun ownership is a grand total of zilch. i am however, 6 ft tall, and around 90kg. a good fraction of that being made up of fat.
my 'defensive credentials' involve my training in the unique form of karate, a style SPECIFICALLY tailored to be usable on the streets, as such it incorperates alot more street fighting techniques such as hook punches and uppercuts, and stancework and guarding that is more that which youd expect to see in kickboxing/MMA-pankration or muay thai than traditional karate. the teacher is also liscenced and endorsed by okinawa, to teach the legndary curriculum of weapons, most of which are, annoyingly seen as 'ninja' weapons, the 4 main weapons youd expect to see in my class being wielded being the 6 foot Bo staff, the sai, the tonfa (known more commonly in singular as the nightstick) and the nunchuku.
ofthose i posses, and have some degree of proficiency in the Bo and the sai, (the tonfa and nunchuku requiring permits to have.)
and while reading the thread. its become clear to me many have different opinions on how to defend yourself. either in the hime, on the street, alone or with others.
for convenience think ill ask at the least for what you have/ would like to have in the department of
weapons, non gunpowder, both close and long range
gunpowder based weapons
and maybe distinguish if this is for the streets or the home.
for me, in the home
empty hand is karate/ street fighting techniques and alot of self defense cobinatons , in the not so distant future i plan on studying wing chun kung f which is, in some cases BETTER than karate for defense.
also, note, heres a move i was taught, per se, as being almost surefire to help, cup your hands, and clap them BOTH over your enemies ears at roughly the same time, this causes a pressure wave, now with just one hand the force transmits safely and is depressurised via the other ear, if you cup both eears, the pressure cant be dissapated, result: hell be cross eyed for sure, at the worst youll cause a pressure rupture in his brain, and youll very likely break his eardrums.
weapons, im gonna say off the bat i have NO gunpowder weapons at all.
but close quarters, i possess a number of 'weapons' of varying effectiveness ,
on the lower spectrum there are bamboo shinai and stuff, but my main weapon that i have any real confidence on dealing damage, is my pair of sai
those things can punch in reverse grip wit the pommel, can block vry well, can hool and trap weapopns, and most importantly, its a 0.7kg, 21.5 inch long truncheons, that can also be thrown.
as such these are my first choice, even over kitchen knives.
other weapons id like would be chinese butterfly knives, not the folding balisong, but what is essentially a cross between a short machete and a trench knife. with a blade the length of your forearm,.