Combined with Krav Maga’s Fighting Philosophy, Improvised Weapons Will Get the Job Done
You need a Plan B. Combined with Krav Maga’s fighting philosophy, improvised weapons are the solution.
Your heart immediately accelerates, as you gaze in the direction of a noise that is not normal at 3 a.m. You’re in bed, you’re alone and right now, the only thing you’re thinking is that this can’t be happening.
Deep down you know that someone has entered your sanctuary without an invitation. In the dark, you reach for your phone and call 911. Now what? Who knows when the cops will show up? They can’t be here in seconds, so most likely this job is yours.
If you wish to survive, you must take evasive action, but you do not have a gun or even a baseball bat. What do you take to war? What you do next that will determine if you live or die …
That is when your Krav Maga improvised-weapons training kicks in. You hear your instructor yelling, “Closest weapon to your target!” “Finish the fight!” “Never back down.” Attack, attack, attack!”
If a solid lock doesn’t keep the bad guys out, then Krav Maga will save the day.
ALL ABOUT PRINCIPLES
Krav Maga is a principal-based system that is developed around your body’s natural instincts. In this martial art, you hone your entire body as a lethal weapon. From your hands to your feet, you develop the most effective and decisive way to neutralize an attacker.
There are no rules on the street, no safety nets and no do-overs. In Krav Maga, that’s why you fight fire with more fire. In training, you learn to
“UNTIL YOU TASTE THE FEAR AND ADRENALINE YOU WILL MOST LIKELY SHUT DOWN WHEN YOU NEED TO REACT.”
always scan your environment, especially when you are training under stress.
The body’s natural response is to get tunnel-vision and block out useful information, which can be used to defend yourself and your loved ones. Scanning your environment is extremely important because it allows you to recognize common objects to help you deal with the deadly situation at hand. Common objects can be used in three ways.
First, they can be used as a barrier. Anytime you can put something between you and your attacker, you increase your survival chances. A barrier will shield you from all types of blows, especially from a blunt or edged weapon. Creating distance gives you time to see and react, buying you time to access improvised weapons or even exit the scene. For example, if you are being chased down your hallway into your dining room, using the dining room table to separate you from your attacker gives you time to reach for a table lamp that you can use to fight him off.
A table is just one of many barriers. Other options include chairs, doors, beds, kitchen islands and even your car in the garage.
Second, common objects can also be used in a defensive manner to block an edged-weapon attack. Picture this; it’s after midnight, and you have fallen asleep on the couch while watching an episode of “The Wire.” Something awakens you. Out of the shadows, you see a dark figure coming at you quickly with a knife. You have seconds to react. Fortunately, there is a snack tray right next to you. Before the attacker plunges the knife into your skull, you grab the tray and swiftly punch it out overhead to stop the blow. At almost the same time, you send a kick to the attacker’s groin, doubling him over. You now have the advantage; you continue to attack with overwhelming violence. The bad guy drops to the ground, and you finish him with several head stomps. Game over. Almost any object can be used as a shield, including a briefcase, books, chairs, umbrellas, laptops or pots and pans.
Common objects also create extra reach. This is advantage three. Think of what you could do if you had a medieval sword. Being able to reach your attacker with either a blunt or sharp object—from a distance—will shift the odds in your favor. However, unless you are a renaissance fair buff
Objects such as end tables and chairs make great weapons. They can be used as to defend and attack at the same time.