Improvised defense tools

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Hanzo, Sep 21, 2014.

  1. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Did not want to say weapons. But having just returned from my business trip, I thought I would share a couple of CQC items I always take with me when I travel, and not just by plane.

    Usually have a magazine and a pen. I like metal pens. Can you say espada y daga?


    I never bother with the cord on the rolled up magazine. It was just to keep it tight for the picture. Even at home, if I get a dodgy feeling going somewhere, you can bet a magazine is getting rolled up and will be in my hand. I even practiced it in a corporate environment. Walk around with a magazine, no one notices. Roll it up to better hold it...registers nada on most folks. If the spidey senses are tingling, it feels great to have something at hand. You can even have the metal pen in a reverse grip in your other hand out of sight.

    I was jumped once in an alley at night by three druggies and having something in hand made it a non-event in seconds. It was a stick that time. :D

    Like I tell my monkeys, I grew up playing with sticks and string. And they are still some of my favorite toys.
  2. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey Moderator

    Anything can be a weapon... the key is to have the right mindset to endure the coming attack. If you register the threat prior to them getting in position, you have won half the battle. You either A have the choice to withdraw or B the initiative to properly prepare to whatever is within reach... and mentally to focus ones self for the altercation to come..... the key is to have thought it through and pick the best option.... for the circumstance, your skill, and what is available around you!!
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  3. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Nice @Hanzo yup... the more you "pack" into your mind... the less you need to carry and more you can improvise just as effectively if not more... Nice...
    @Yard Dart sometimes the "battle" is already won before the first blow is struck ;)
  4. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Winning the fight without fighting is always a goal. You must have read Sun Tzu's Art of War. Great book, as is Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings. Reading The 36 Stratagems now.
  5. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    @Hanzo read Mushashi's "Dokkodo" written later in his life just before he died... 21 Rules for life... Although you definitely won't like #13 ;)
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  6. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Where do you find "Dokkodo?" Not in library nor Amazon.
  7. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

  8. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Thanks Buddy!

    Hey, with a rule like #13, his whole deal is bunk! Might have to toss my Go Rin No Sho too. ;)
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  9. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    The Art Of Fighting Without Fighting:
  10. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Have never liked the name "defensive weapon". The best defense is a good offense. Either run (which is a good alternative) or attack with an unbridled vengeance and fury. I like the Biblical passage--"As much as is in you be at peace with man". Be peaceful but like the general said--be prepared to kill if necessary.
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  11. fmhuff

    fmhuff Monkey+++

    They are his rules not mine. Probably influenced by Bushido although perhaps that might be a violation of rule # 15.

    Miyamoto Musashi's Dokkodo.

    - The Way Of Walking Alone -
    1. Accept everything just the way it is.
    2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
    3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
    4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
    5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
    6. Do not regret what you have done.
    7. Never be jealous.
    8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
    9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself or others.
    10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
    11. In all things have no preferences.
    12. Be indifferent to where you live.
    13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
    14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
    15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
    16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
    17. Do not fear death.
    18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
    19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
    20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
    21. Never stray from the Way.
  12. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Never take a step you cnnot see, never make a bet you canot cover.
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  13. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    Never take a leap of faith unless you know where you are landing: More crocodiles dine well on those who don't know where their leap of faith will land them.
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