THE OTHER ROLE OF A WEAPON

Black Belt - - EDITOR'S NOTE - — Robert W. Young, Editor-in-Chief

The de­featists of the world love to de­nounce any­one who carries a weapon for self-de­fense. “When some­body jumps you from be­hind in a dark al­ley, \RX ZRQ·W KDYH WLPH WR ÀVK WKDW RXW RI \RXU SRFNHW RU SXUVH DQG XVH LW RQ KLP μ WKH\ VD\ ´%\ WKH WLPH \RX WDNH LW RXW \RX·OO EH GHDG μ Is there any logic in what they say? Sure. lf the as­sault in­volves an evil grap­pler who jumps onto your back and slaps on a rear-naked choke like an Alien faceKXJJHU ZLWK D SRRU VHQVH RI GLUHFWLRQ WKDW·V SUREDEO\ ZKDW ZRXOG KDSSHQ %XW WKDW·V WKH QDWXUH RI DQ DPEXVK ,W·V D VXUSULVH DWWDFN HIIHFWHG E\ DQ HQHP\ ZKR·V KLGLQJ ,W·V KDUG WR LPDJLQH DQ\WKLQJ DLGLQJ \RX LQ VXFK FLUFXPVWDQFHV H[FHSW PD\EH D VXLW of ar­mor.

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“Self-de­fense is car­ry­ing a le­gal weapon at all times. It should be a weapon that, when cir­cum­stances make you think of it or touch it, acts as a trig­ger to re­mind you to leave the area, to re­move your­self from the sit­u­a­tion. Do that and you might get away with­out hav­ing to use the weapon.”

Reread that se­cond sen­tence. When the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, your hand moves, al­most sub­con­sciously, to that fold­ing knife clipped in­side your SRFNHW RU WR WKDW 2& VSUD\ LQ \RXU SXUVH /LNH 0F&DQQ VDLG WKDW DFWLRQ WKDW WRXFK LV \RXU WULJJHU WR JHW RXW RI WKHUH ,W·V DOVR D SDUWLDO VROXWLRQ WR WKH SUREOHP VWDWHG DW the begin­ning of this note: You no longer have to dig around for your weapon in its place of con­ceal­ment.

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Have I ever pulled a knife on a guy who in­tended to do me harm? No, thank God. But I know the trig­ger ef­fect has con­vinced me to leave ar­eas where, had I not done VR , PLJKW KDYH QHHGHG WR ÁDVK WKDW EODGH ³ RU XVH LW (LWKHU RQH ZRXOG KDYH EHHQ a fail­ure.

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