Friday, October 26, 2012

Self Defense Products: 4 Quick Thoughts on Pepper Spray

During our most recent women’s self-defense workshop some participants asked us about using self-defense products. Of particular interest - pepper spray.

We have many thoughts on the subject.  Here are 4 of them.

1.   Can you access it in time? Many attacks come from the side or behind.  Pockets, purses, bags, can be littered with various objects..  Can you find and utilize it in time?
2.   Are you trained to use it?  Pepper spray on a windy day?  Which end do you point at the attacker?  Where do you aim?  What is the effective range?
3.   Is it legal?  This varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.. Look into it.
4.   Do you have a backup plan?  If you can’t access it, drop it, forget it....can you still defend yourself?  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  Be able to defend yourself unarmed. 
Because we train you to be adaptable we advocate the importance of learning how to use common objects – objects not designed particularly for self-defense…water bottles, coffee, umbrellas, coins…. 

Develop the habit of scanning your surroundings for objects that can help you to get home safe. 

Stay Safe,

Christopher Gagne

Lead Instructor and Owner
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto