Won't suggest carrying a knife... all you need is to shock the attacker and get away from him/her asap. - nb I believe most people do not react properly when attacked because they were shocked by the attacker, so if you do the same to the attacker then you stand a chance of getting out of trouble. No need to exchange punches/kickes etc.
instead of a knife, i would suggests a torchlight with a strike bezel instead. strong enough to knock out someone if used properly, and doesn't look lethal
if the police asks you why you're carrying it on you, simply say it's for your photography use..
eat. drink. shoot
I would strongly discourage bringing along a combat knife exclusively for self-defense. Unless it's like a bowie (which is an obviously offensive weapon that will get you in trouble), it won't look terribly intimidating. Smaller knives are best used for surprise attacks, so you don't want to be flashing those around either. Besides they don't always have good stopping power, so they are likely to wind up causing more harm than good for the untrained user (or even a moderately trained user facing a group).
What's most important is a self-defense device that's always at hand. That means something you carry in the hand (yes, that includes the camera) or your monopod. In a panic situation, one can forget to draw the concealed weapon. Anyway, don't forget that the camera is still ultimately expendable when faced with bodily harm. If you can't talk them off or run fast enough, giving it to them may help. Preferably by clubbing the assailant with it, or throwing the camera at the assailant.
Last edited by denniskee; 28th January 2009 at 06:46 PM.
photography makes one sees things from all angles.
drum sticks used for beating the drums during the lion dance often seen during the lunar
new year period. However one must be able to have some skills training in the effective
use of the pair of drum sticks for self-defense purposes.
Anyone can give me some advice on the following?
1. Once you've subdued your attacker, your self defense claim is gone, (when the
case is brought to court) is this true?
2. Can people use pepper spray for self-defense? Is this consider a deadly weapon in court?
Last edited by forward; 29th January 2009 at 05:02 AM.
They watch closely, aim and strike at the moment when their victims are least alert.
When you are well trained in some form of self defense specially in sincere well
guided instructions, the first step is to increase your alertness to sound - the ability to
hear "sound of danger" so to say, even when you are in very dimmed places or even when
there isn't any light at all.
You will not learn to throw punches until your hearing abilities are adequate enough
to detect someone trying to strike you while walking in the dark.
I was almost frightened to death when I witnessed an incident where the attackers
walked into the coffee shop where I was having my usual cup of coffee at
around 10.30pm in the evening.
Suddenly they used their motor cycle helmets and hit on the person sitting across my
table causing a commotion. The victim was badly hurted and within less than five
minutes the attackers disappeared leaving the victims on the floor with a pool of blood.
At that very moment I was confused and it was that incident that brought me to the
attention and the importance of being able to have some skills in self-defense.
This incident alone made me to finally decide to pick up martial arts skills so that I can
at least protect myself in such similar situation in the future.
I stopped learning martial art when I broke 2 of my sparing partner's teeth. My instructor says I'm too aggresive but I would say my sparring partner was not alert enough to block my kick. But I tell you its useless even if you are a black belt when you face a group of attackers armed with weapons. My sifu says, "Never get into a fight even if you think you can win" Best is run if you can.
One more thing is that, if you fight back, you are going to get more than just a bump on the head. You will provoke your attackers and they inturn will get the **** out of you.
Put on a friendly face in public. Some ppl just cant stand snobbish face.
Self defense is as much mental as it is physical.
All instructors will teach to firstly try defush the situation or if not, to run away.
Learning to fight/self defense is only for situations when giving up all your belongings is not enough.(eg.robbery and want to silence you) Or when the intent is to harm without valid reasons.(eg.gang initiation). Nowadays, its often hack first without saying a word...
In which case, fight with brutal intensity, bringing yourself from 0% state to 100% violent state in a sec.This mental capacity and the skills involved to effectively defend yourself requires training.
Prepare to get hurt, even cut brutally. But do not stop. If your life is at stake, you do not stop fighting.
Where the law is concerned, how far you go depends on the attackers intention. If a guy slaps u, you take a tripod hit him, then you may be in trouble...lol
However, if a guy takes a knife and come at you, even a stick and has began repeatedly hitting you. AND IF you think your life is in danger, then do not hesitate to go the full extent to defend your own life. If someone is ready to take your life and you're not ready to do the same, your chances of survival drops drastically. However, do not cross from self defense to being the aggressor..
Anyway, just my 2cts, and I hope it'll help someone someday..
If not, just ignore as my rubbish ramblings...
Last edited by redmonsoon; 29th January 2009 at 10:50 AM.
Maybe photographers should learn the techniques of street fights, something along the line of Krav Maga..
guys, i think bruce saw this thread, came into my dream last night, request me to tell you this
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.
if you talking about fighting as it is, no rules, than baby, you better train every part of your body.
if you prefers to listen to his voice
Last edited by denniskee; 29th January 2009 at 12:59 PM.
photography makes one sees things from all angles.
better still this one much easier .....
Wax on .... Wax off ... Wax on ... Wax off ....
Go figure out lah.. haha