Thursday, March 9, 2017

How to be proficient with weapons

In my blog post "why relying on weapons will get you killed", you understand why relying only on weapons will get you hurt or killed. In this self defense guide, i will teach you the basic principles in being skilled with weapons.

* Understand the weapon's strengths and weaknesses - By understanding the pros and cons of using a specific weapon or type of weapon, you will learn how to use it wisely. For example, a gun's potential weakness is the potential to jam. In the case it does jam, you will need to resort to another weapon quickly. Weapons can be used as striking tools, projectiles, defensive measures, distractions, the list goes on.

* Understand the weapon's range - Weapons can be long range, close range, or both. Guns for example function in both close range and long range. By understanding the weapon's range, you will understand how to engage or disengage an enemy from a particular range. If you don't engage an enemy in the weapon's strongest range then you are in a bad position. For example, a gun is ideally a long range weapon. Therefore, you will need to engage the enemy in that particular range.

* Learn how to create distance between you and your attacker - In order to use weapons effectively, you will need to draw them first. This requires reaction time and distance. If you don't learn how to create distance and increase reaction time, you will get hurt or killed. You may need to use hand-to-hand combat before you can disengage from an attacker at close range, create distance, and draw your gun at long range.

* Understand when to use weapons and when not to - There's a time and place to use weapons. If deadly force is being used against you then you will need to equalize that with deadly force. If deadly force is not being used against you then you cannot legally respond with deadly force. Sometimes, particular weapons are useless in a specific range. This is why you need to rely on other weapons such as your fists as opposed to relying solely on the weapon for self defense. Look what happens when a cop tries to engage an armed criminal at close range. He tries to reach for his gun but can't get upholstered and gets shot. Had he engaged his enemy in hand-to-hand combat at close range, the outcome may have been different.

* Learn to see everything as a weapon - By learning to see everything in your environment as a weapon, you will never run out of weapons to use. Everyday objects such as cars, walls, trash cans, writing utensils, pipes, sticks, stones, glass, keys, chains, rope, the list goes on can be turned into weapons. With creativity and improvisation, you can use almost anything as a weapon when you understand how weapons are used.

* "Weapons are meant to be felt not seen" - If you reveal your weapon too quickly before engaging an enemy, you give him or her enough reaction time to defend. If you learn how to distract or sneak up on your enemy to create time to quickly draw your weapon, your enemy won't see your attack coming. Keep your weapon concealed until the right moment then draw and attack.

* Keep it simple - Rather than focus on complex techniques, focus on simple attacks and defenses. The principles of attack are the same. You target center of mass and attack your enemy in vital areas of the body from many different angles. Training your reflexes, awareness, speed, timing, power, precision, and applying a strategy or tactics is far more important than technique.

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