Saturday, September 21, 2013

Protection for the Home, Office, Travel, or Working Out

No it's not a light-sabre from Star Wars... but that would be cool wouldn't it.  It's a tactical torch... one of several everyday objects that can be used as a weapon of self-defence.

Not impressed?  I won't be surprised if you weren't. Most people regard weapons as being things like a handgun, or a machete, or a knife. A torch isn't a real weapon

And that brings me to an interesting point. When most people go and buy a handgun, or a machete or a knife, in their minds they're buying power... as if the object by its very nature has a power that becomes yours when you hold it in your hand.

Now there's no denying the psychological effect of someone seeing a recognisable weapon in your hand... but just about anything can be used as a weapon... even a plastic credit card.

How? Why? Because it's the application and targeting that gives an object its power to protect.

So if you hold a small tactical torch in the palm of your hand, with the lens extending out from the base of your fist... and strike an attacker on the nose or the side of the jaw, you're going to disrupt their attack.  And that can give you the opportunity to quickly strike again... or to create a safe distance... or to begin your escape. 

You can buy small inexpensive torches (in a range of colours) at most petrol stations. They are lightweight, so it's easy to carry one while you're running early in the morning or late at night.

Of if you're a cyclist, you could attach a tactical torch to your handle-bars, to be both a headlight and a quick release self protection tool.

Now this brings us to something you can carry with you anywhere... and yet is has the capacity to knock someone senseless. It's the humble rolled-up magazine... and you can use it as a short baton... or strike with the butt (which extends down from the base of your fist).

For close-quarter striking you would use the same hammer-fist action that you would use with a tactical torch.  Every airline gives you one of these tools of personal protection for free, every time you board an aircraft... and they're usually quite thick and well-made.

Now we come to an object that many people carry, and yet most wouldn't consider it to be something that you could protect yourself with. I'm referring to a water bottle... just a small plastic water bottle that's filled with water. And it's the 'filled with water' aspect that gives this little  plastic bottle it's strength and striking power.

All you need to do is grip the neck of the bottle with your thumb and forefinger, with your palm positioned naturally down around the flange. With the main part of the bottle extending down from the base of your fist, once again you would strike by using the same hammer-fist action that you would use with a torch or a rolled-up magazine

If you carry a small aluminium or stainless steel bottle... well the impact potential speaks for itself.

The point to keep in mind with all of these everyday objects is that they're not generally considered to be weapons... which is very important in countries where it is illegal to carry handguns, knives, or weapons of any kind... even for self defence.

Finally, something that can be carried at work, on a plane, or when you're travelling overseas. It's not just a pen, it's a tactical pen... a pen that's so tough and durable that you can fight with it.

Again, all you have to do is hold it in the palm of your hand with your thumb on the clicky end... and use the same hammer-fist action that you would use with a torch, a magazine, or water bottle.

Personally I recommend Tuff Writer Tactical Pens - especially the corporate-styling of the Precision Press Series (above and below) which looks unassuming and professional in every situation. To see their entire Tuff Writer range go to this link :

A small range of Tuff Writer pens is now available through an agent on the Gold Coast… a company called ExTac Australia. So just drop them an email if you're ever interested in a specific Tuff Writer model :

Keep in mind that a tactical pen, a torch, a rolled-up magazine and a small bottle of water can all be applied in the same way... with a simple hammer-fist action.... striking with the section protruding from the base of your fist.

It's a simple and effective gross-motor action, and the 3 basic strikes are as follows : 
  • diagonally down (with a stabbing action)
  • backhanded horizontally (palm facing down)
  • and forehanded horizontally (palm facing up).

All you need is a little basic training, and you'd be surprised how confident you can feel with one of these everyday items in your hand. Remember it's the application and targeting that gives an object its power to protect.  YOU are the weapon... whatever is in your hand is just a tool.

It's Primal Protection

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Making a Plan to Protect Your Family

This feedback on making a plan to protect your family comes from Melbourne martial arts instructor, Sean Genders.  He has been involved in the Australian Film Industry for the past twenty years, primarily as a Special Make Up Effects Artist, and now as a Director.
Complimentary to his film work Sean is a martial artist with over two decades of experience. His classes focus on reality-based personal protection, and how traditional concepts can fit into a modern world. Here's what he had to say about formulating an effective safety plan... something he had to apply daily when he was working in Namibia, on the set of the Mad Max movie 'Fury Road' :
The first thing to identify is where (and by whom) an attack is most likely to occur. In my case, my wife and I are prepared for a couple of different situations, and we adjust and discuss these depending on our travels.
If we're out in the city and an altercation starts, my wife will automatically move herself to a safe place, out of harms way. This means that :
  1. she won't get in my way should the confrontation become physical
  2. and I know she’s safe and I don't have to worry about her.
She will try to locate herself so that her back is to a wall, where she has a clear view of the situation, and will call police if necessary.
Having her back to a wall means that she is also safe from any unforseen friends of any aggressor that I may be dealing with. She knows that regardless of the situation her safety is paramount, and if need be she will get to a safe place, even if that means not being able to see what's going on.
In the event of a ‘home intruder’ the same rule applies - she will keep safe, and call the police.

Recently I encountered an intruder in my yard at 1am. When I went out to engage them, I closed the door behind me to keep my wife safe. She could see what was going on, and called the police.
In the event of an intruder ever getting into the house, she will ensure she keeps herself out of the way. In our current residence if need be, she will lock herself in our bathroom or bedroom, both of which have an added internal lock. And she will take her phone with her.
If you do have an intruder in your yard.. do not immediately turn on your lights or alert them to your presence unless there are a number of them and you want them to know that you know they’re there. You can see a lot outside of your windows at night, putting lights on just makes it easier for them to see YOU. However turning on exterior lights only will often have the effect of causing the intruders to flee.
Always call the police if you’ve had intruders!  Any description you can provide can help to identify and catch repeat offenders that may be on a crime spree in your area. Also to note that the first time you call is the first time it is reported… so if you wait until a 2nd or even 3rd intrusion it is legally recorded as just being the 1st time.
If you are going to have a small Tactical Torch to use as a defensive tool... give some thought to where you keep it?  I keep mine beside the bed, and because I don’t wear pyjamas, I also keep a pair of pants beside the bed. This is not being paranoid, this is being prepared.... I'm going to be taken more seriously if I'm wearing pants :) 
It's simple and easy to construct a ‘common sense’ plan. Start with a discussion with you partner, and explore the options of what you can do at home (or on the street) should a confrontation take place. Without a plan, your partner will most likely get in the way or distract you from protecting yourself, and them.

You might start with deciding which room is going to be your ‘safe’ room at home?… and check to see if it needs an extra bolt or something to make it more secure?

If you keep a bat of some kind by the door (for protection), always have a ball nearby as well… just to prove that you’ve got it there to play with occasionally. Otherwise it looks as though you have the bat there with the intent to use it as a weapon, which in some places can be a chargeable offence if you do actually hit somebody with it.

As an option, you might consider investing in an unbreakable self-defence umbrella :

It's Primal Protection.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Confrontations don't always require a physical response!

We all experience confrontations... and some might even escalate into physical violence. So wouldn't it be great to have a Conflict Management Strategy... a way of responding that deals with the kind of confrontation you are most likely to face in your everyday life.

This is not self-defence training as most people understand it. It's a ground-breaking approach to handling a confrontation psychologically... starting with the goal of avoiding a physical conflict by creating safe distance and applying de-escalation tactics.

For example, consider these questions about your personal situation :
  • where will you most likely experience a confrontation?... at work, on a train, in your car?
  • will it most likely be a stranger or someone you know?... a co-worker, a family member?
  • is anyone likely to be with you at the time?... no one, your partner, a child, a friend?
  • will you have anything to defend yourself with?... nothing, a bag, a briefcase, a pen?
The answers to these questions would be used to structure a tactical response for handling the kind of conflict that you're most likely to experience.

To appreciate the value of an experience like this, it’s important to keep in mind that most martial arts and self-defence courses don’t actually prepare you to face the kind of confrontation that you are most likely to experience in your everyday life.
For example, a busker playing guitar in the Mall is going to have to deal with a different kind of confrontation than a female security guard at a nightclub... or a tradesman working on a construction site.

In each of these situations, the attitude of your aggressor can require something different from the physical responses that are taught in most self-defence courses. And it’s for this reason that we’re not focusing on punching and kicking techniques.
Instead, we’re going to give you skills that will psychologically and physically prepare you to deal with the specific kind of confrontation that you’re most likely going to experience in your everyday life... starting with threatening words and gestures... and escalating to a physical assault.
Some of the subjects that will be covered include :
  • understanding how confrontations can suddenly escalate into an assault
  • how to always create a safe distance
  • how to apply verbal de-escalate techniques
  • how to adopt non-aggressive defensive body language
  • how to apply primal psychology to look like a hard target if the situation escalates.
In the early stages of the training you will be invited to define the most likely location you could be confronted… then develop a set of effective tactical responses. For example, it might involve a confrontation on public transport, in a pub or club, or in a work environment.

Some of the details you’ll be asked to consider include :
  1. where would you most likely be confronted?
  2. are you likely to be alone?
  3. what would you most likely be wearing?
  4. are you likely to be carrying anything at the time?
  5. is it likely that there will be more than one aggressor?
From the answers to those questions will emerge a simple plan of action that will allow you to deal with the kind of confrontation you’re most likely to experience in your everyday life.

It's Primal Protection.

For more information contact
Dean Whittle in Sydney on 0408 646 949
or Sean Genders in Southport on 0418 786 895