On our heat course we teach the “five second-take –down” and techniques for disarming an attacker carrying a knife club or gun. However, although these techniques are taught during our heat course you might need to improvise a weapon or find an object that you can use in a defensive manner. Below are some of the types of everyday lethal self defence weapons you can us.

In west and East Africa home invasions by gangs rather than individuals is the norm. Is South and Southern Africa you are more likely to be targeted by 1 or 2 individuals. Increasingly such individuals have become more brazen and will break into your home whether or not you are out for the day or in bed at night. Few of us can imagine how we will react to finding an intruder in our homes, so here is a list of weapons that you should use to strike back with force. As these are less than lethal weapons, your goal is to inflict pain and subdue the intruders as quickly as possible so that they can be restrained.

When restraining intruders consider binding their arms and legs and even their mouth with cling film.
In order to defend yourself in your home environment or in a hotel room or office you need to be prepared for a close encounter of a violent kind. Therefore, you need to master a basic fighting technique to protect yourself from injury, disable your attacker and then get away fast.

A flashlight

Even if you do not have a tactical flashlight you can grip your average flashlight and raise your fist towards your attacker’s eyes before switching on the light. Assuming your torch has fresh batteries; you should be able to temporarily blind your attacker.

Additionally, you can hit your attacker with hammer blows to the nose and eyes or use the flash light as a club.

A walking stick

Many people carry walking sticks or walking poles for hiking purposes. Walking sticks often have a strong wooden shaft are metal tipped and have a heavy ornate handle. You can use the walking stick like a sword to slash at the wrists or jab to the head and stomach. Also, as a walking stick gives you distance and leverage you can use it to hit parts of the body such as the knees or groin.

Newspaper/Magazine

Relying on the principle of, concentration of force, roll up a magazine into a baton. Hold the baton by its centre and stab your attacker in his face, shoulder, or arms using backward or forward thrusts.

A rolled up newspaper is a suitable defensive weapon for fending off a knife attack.

Power Cord

Most Computers, peripherals and kettle found in offices or homes have a 1m length of electric cable with a plug at one end. Disconnect a cable from both the power socket and the appliance and use it as a flail. Wrap your wrist around the appliance end and swing the plug at your attacker.

Hairbrush

Many of us carry a hairbrush or comb either in handbags or in a pocket use a hairbrush or comb and drag it across your attacker’s eyes. You can also use the handle of a hairbrush to stab at areas around the face or neck as well as the thigh or groin.

Kitchen Equipment

Pots, pans and rowing pins make effective clubs and the jagged edge of a broken china plate or a glass bottle can be used as an effective cutting weapon.

Kitchen knives and forks can also be used as weapons and ground pepper can be thrown into your attacker’s eyes.

Belt

Any belt with a strong metal buckle will also provide you with a defensive weapon. By wrapping the tail end around your hand you can use your belt with a whipping actin and attack the face and neck. You can also hold the belt in two hands and drive it forward toward your attacker’s neck to destabilize an assault.

Coins

Sometimes, you can break your own thumb when you throw a punch, so to protect your fist you can tightly grip a roll of coins. Get a roll of coin from the bank and carry it in your pocket to give you the solid support inside your closed hand and maximize the power of your punch. Alternatively you can tie several coins into the corner of a handkerchief of scarf and use it as a cosh by striking at your attacker head, temple or throat.