Weapons Defense: Defeating the “Club Shove”

Weapons Defense

When trying to defend yourself, a self defense weapon can really make a difference. However, what will happen if you’re the one without a self defense weapon? What’s going to happen if your opponent has a tire iron, bat, or a club and he holds his weapon with both hands, pushing you away like he were a riot cop?

At the very best you might be able to take a few inconsequential blows, but the weapon your opponent holds acts like a car bumper, pushing you away without hurting him. Additionally, it forms a barrier that you are unable to fight through and that’s why he’s using it. In a situation like this, you might end up taking a brutal blow to the face if you’re not careful.

Fortunately, you can do something, you can pull a reversal. A self defense weapon reversal turns the odds in your favor because you will have the weapon in your own hands. Simply follow these steps:

Self Defense Weapon Reversal, Step One: As an attack approaches you with a club held in front of him, either go under or over with one arm, diving between the club and his body.

Self Defense Weapon Reversal, Step Two: Using a circular motion, swing your arm in front of your body, and go under his arm at any point between his elbow and wrist to get the proper leverage. If you’re using your right arm, you will circle it clockwise.

Self Defense Weapon Reversal, Step Three: If you continue this motion, the leverage becomes so great that he will have no choice but to let go. When this happens you will be able to strip the bat from your attacker’s hands. Not only will this throw your attacker off balance, you will probably end up with the club in your own hands.

You may have thought that a self defense weapon like this isn’t much of a threat, but as you can now see it can be a real threat. To hurt you, it isn’t necessary for an impact weapon to be swung at you. For your opponent, self defense is your assault because he wants to go home uninjured, just as you do. The big difference is that your attacker probably won’t mind hurting you in order to get what he wants. Because a self defense weapon is a force multiplier, you want to be the one that’s doing the multiplying.


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