There are a lot of different weapons out there. If you include all of the “traditional” martial arts weapons then the variety seems to grow tremendously. If you want to be as effective as possible in a self-defense situation, then you’d better have some weapons skills, but does that mean that you have to practice with as many different weapons as possible in the event that something strange or exotic is available in a fight? Thankfully, the answer is a definite “no”.
What you should practice with are some weapons that are representative of their entire category. If you don’t know what the categories of weapons are, then read on.
Like the classification of living things in biology, weapons can be grouped (and subgrouped) based on their characteristics. A good taxonomy will have non-overlapping categories. So, I’ll do my best to meet that standard here. Keep in mind that while the categories don’t overlap, there are weapons that fit into multiple categories. Not to worry though. If you understand how to fight with each of the categories, then that multi-category weapon will work just fine for you.
|I love my XDM
|Throwing knives…of movie fame
|The ever popular “ninja” star
|Yes…this is a rock
|Here’s the typical rattan stick ala Filipino martial arts
|Tonfas…like a stick with an extra handle
|Nunchucks are good for bashing people…
that definitely counts as an impact weapon (also a flexible weapon)
|I witnessed the two year old version of my little brother
smash the skull of my older brother with one of these.
It looked like it hurt. So, this goes here.
|The ubiquitous folding chair of pro wrestling fame
|CRKT M16 Z … never leaves my side
|A shard of broken glass will cut you as easily as
any knife will
|Prison shiv #1
|Prison shiv #2
|The school yard favorite…
|Ergonomic handle for really driving that sucker deep
|Three piece staff ala China
|Kusari fundo ala Japan
|Flail ala…miscellaneous European countries…I don’t know
|I actually wear this kind of belt virtually every day. The
metal doesn’t look like much, but I could break someone’s
bone with it I’m sure.
|Here’s the famous Dan Inosanto using a sarong (ala Indonesia)
to make some poor guy’s day a little less pleasant
Flexible weapons have a “bendy” part. They can be used to grab, immobilize, and strangle. When weighted, they can be used as effective impact weapons as well.
That is about it for categories of weapons. If you can understand how to use each of the categories, then you should be able to use just about anything that you pick up to defend yourself adequately. You should be able to improvise just about any object into a weapon of some kind. Adaptability is key.
I’ve been thinking a lot about various weapons and their applications in self-defense scenarios. So, expect to see more along this vein in upcoming posts.