The Light at the End of the Tun­nel


Black Belt - - COMBATIVES - by Kelly McCann

Laws vary greatly from state to state, and the last thing ϐ jammed up be­cause although you legally de­fended your­self, you did it us­ing an il­le­gal weapon. The same can be said for us­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ate yet legally car­ried weapon. For ex­am­ple, a fold­ing knife may be le­gal, but it might not be ap­pro­pri­ate for the cir­cum­stances — yet it’s the only thing the in­tended vic­tim has with him or her, so it gets used.

In­tro­duc­ing any weapon into a vi­o­lent sit­u­a­tion can be prob­lem­atic. Courts gen­er­ally take a dim view of hurt­ing some­one with a weapon un­less the sit­u­a­tion clearly sup­ports its law­ful use in self-de­fense. The dis­tinc­tion be­tween a pur­pose-built weapon and a weapon of op­por­tu­nity is ba­si­cally that a pur­pose-built weapon is “an in­stru­ment of com­bat by de­sign,” whereas a weapon of op­por­tu­nity is an ev­ery­day im­ple­ment that’s at hand and pressed into ser­vice as a weapon be­cause of ur­gency or ne­ces­sity.

" ǣ ϐ " Ǥ ǯ Dz ϐ " dz Dz ϐ " Ǥdz Ǧ tia­tion can be found in the pre­ced­ing para­graph. In my opin­ion, if a struc ϐ " " with a sharp, crenu­lated bezel that’s ϐ "ǡ ǡ ǡ weapon. And to be hon­est, it’s a maim­ing weapon. I’m not minc­ing words, and I’m well aware of the plethora of such ϐ " Ǥ ǯ sug­gest­ing is that you don’t pur­chase a light with sharp­ened edges or teeth de­signed to cut into an at­tacker. I AL­WAYS AD­VISE peo­ple to choose ϐ " de­sign features. First is di­am­e­ter and length. I rec­om­mend a light that’s ap­prox­i­mately 8 to 8½ inches long for a cou­ple of rea­sons. It will carry well in a rear pocket, the av­er­age depth of which (in jeans) is 5 to 6 inches. A light that’s 8 to 8½ inches long means the head is po­si­tioned above the pocket rim and is in­stantly avail­able, pro­vided you have the right grip, to use as a blud­geon or dan bong (Korean for “short stick”).

If you have a light that pro­duces more than 100 lu­mens, you’ll ef­fec­tively di­min­ish any­one’s vi­sion at night.

The di­am­e­ter should be ¾ to 1 inch so it’s easy to ma­nip­u­late and can be used as a kub­otan or koppo. If " ǡ " ϐ be­tween your hand and wrist in the nat­u­ral sad­dle that oc­curs near the sty­loid process on the ulna or ra­dius side. If it’s too thick, it won’t be ef­fec­tive as a kub­otan and can’t be held be­tween the ϐ " Ǥ THE SEC­OND FEA­TURE is bright­ness, usu­ally mea­sured in lu­mens. The light should be bright enough to le­git­i­mately “night blind” a would-be at­tacker and prefer­ably bright enough to di­min­ish his vi­sion in day­light hours, as well. How bright is bright enough? If you have a light that pro­duces more than 100 lu­mens, you’ll ef­fec­tively di­min­ish any­one’s vi­sion at night. Brighter is bet­ter, of course, but that en­tails in­creased power re­quire­ments and bet­ter bulbs, which can ad­versely af­fect size.

The third im­por­tant de­sign fea­ture is con­struc­tion. Most good lights to­day are made of “air­craft alu­minum” and have de­cent shock-ab­sorp­tion qual­i­ties with re­spect to pro­tect­ing the elec­tron­ics and the LED bulb against dam­age from im­pacts. You’ll want to en­sure that your light will con­tinue to func­tion as de­signed if you start hit­ting things with it or drop it in a strug­gle.

The last per­ti­nent fea­ture is the switch — in par­tic­u­lar, the ease of use and re­sis­tance to un­in­tended ac­ti­va­tion. This is mostly about per­sonal pref­er­ence. Some peo­ple pre­fer sideswitch­ing de­signs, while oth­ers like Ǧ Ǥ ϐ the one you choose should per­mit you to turn the beam on and off eas­ily and with cer­tainty, with only one hand. ONCE YOU DO some re­search and han­dle a few models — and it’s cru­cial to han­dle them — buy the light you be­lieve best suits your pur­pose. Now, what do you do with it in a self­de­fense sit­u­a­tion?

I don’t have the space to get into the ac­tual tech­niques here, but gen­er­ally speak­ing, you have a blind­ing tool in your hand that you can strike with. In the sim­plest terms, if a thug was to ap­proach you in a threat­en­ing man ǡ ϐ with the beam and run. If a thug was to walk up and phys­i­cally threaten you, you could hit him in the eyes with the beam and then hit him in the head with the light. See what I did there?

The light can func­tion as a sim­ple " ǡ ϐ used to smash into arms, chests, faces and hands. It can be used as a kub­otan or pain-com­pli­ance tool with a lit­tle fa­mil­iar­ity and train­ing. Ei­ther end of the light can be used against clenched hands or used to con­cen­trate force into a small area, gen­er­at­ing ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain. The bar­rel can be used to roll against nerves in the wrist, cre­at­ing some good pain, as well.

You also can wield a light like a dan bong — by hold­ing the head (which is why I pre­fer lights with a head rather than de­signs that have a uni­form di­am­e­ter) in the ring cre­ated by your thumb ϐ " Ǥ cups the head, and the bar­rel pro­trudes from your hand. From this grip, you can whip the light and snap-strike tar­gets ef­fec­tively.

Fi­nally, you can hold it be­tween your ϐ " per­mits us­age as a koppo. That en­ables you to slap an ad­ver­sary in the face or head, as well as parry a punch. LIKE A POCKET STICK, ϐ " Dzϐ " Ǧ dz Dzϐ " Ǧ Ǥdz ǡ - tract and dis­suade. But un­less you lit­er­ally knock some­one out with it while you’re in an adrenal­ized state, your ϐ " "Ǥ

The most im­por­tant thing to re­mem " " ϐ " Ǧ is this: Like with any pur­pose-built ǡ ϐ " grab it, that should trig­ger your brain that you’re in a po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion and need to get the hell out of there. And like with any other tool, it’s the user that makes it ef­fec­tive. Oth­er­wise, it’s just an ob­ject.

If you’re go­ing to carry a light for self­de­fense, you need to train with it. For in­for­ma­tion about Kelly McCann’s com­bat­ives cour­ses, which can be streamed any­time, any­where to your ǡ ϔ .com/black­belt.

If a struc­turally sound flash­light is de­signed with a sharp, crenu­lated bezel that’s specif­i­cally for strik­ing, it is, in fact, a weapon.

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