This page is to develop a sense of understanding with regards to weapons. Traditionally, if you ask people what they think a weapon is, they will answer with gun, knife etc. However, a weapon can be of several categories. Let's take a look at the mindset we need to have in order to better prepare ourselves in our training and (Hopefully never, life).
Question: Does a person always have a weapon?
The answer is yes. This is the only mindset that we have in order to be prepared for violence. You cannot know if a person has a particular skillset, or access to tools of violence. So the answer is yes. Let's look at types of weapons.
1. Personal Weapons
These are things that a person always has in their possession. Even naked, a person can be dangerous (Deadly) having had my fair share dealing with violent offenders and psychosis. Personal weapons, fists, feet, head, knees, actions like choke punch and kick can be devastating depending on skill set, energy and placement.
2. Improvised Weapons
These are things that present themselves in the environment. You as a student of Krav Maga must develop your awareness of your surroundings and what could be used to help you defend yourself depending on the attack. Improvised weapons could be pens, pencils, cups, fluids, sticks, rocks, chairs. Anything hard, with weight and metallic can be deadly.
3. Actual Weapons
These would be for example the gun, knife, bat, etc. More traditionally thought of as a weapon.
Every weapon has a range. Tank - Long Range! Rifle - Long Range, Pistol medium range effectiveness, Knife - medium to close range (Unless thrown). Feet, hands, kicks and punches, depending on the style of punch or kick, can be long range to close.
As you develop your skills, you need to start looking at the range of your kicks and punches and practice to recognize their effective range. This also goes for knowing the distance between you and an opponent, knowing and recognizing their effective range. With professionals, an inch can mean the difference between a fight that is won and and or lost. Each technique you are taught must match the timeline and range of the attack/counter.
Always watch the hands. As you walk around in your everyday life, look at peoples hands and where they are. How close are they? What weapons do they have or could they use against you? As you travel, enjoy a level of awareness that allows you to enjoy your trip, but not be victimized. We will go more into levels of awareness in another module.