Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Blunt Force Weapons: 5 Things to Understand

Our Krav Maga classes devote significant time to teaching students how defend against blunt objects such as
  • pipes 
  • crowbars
  • baseball bats
  • hammers 
  • pipes

We know that such objects are readily available.  Most people own some or all of the above-mentioned objects.  We also know that an assailant armed with such weapons is extremely dangerous.  The effects of such attacks range from head injuries, broken bones, and of course, death. 

Here are  5 things you should know about blunt force weapons, particularly club-like objects.

1.     The most dangerous part of the object is the close end.  It is the fastest - basic physics.
2.   Escape if you can.  Even if you are well trained you risk very serious injury(or worse). 
3.     Get Close.  If you can’t escape you have to get close to the assailant. (see no.1)
4.     Range. The object, especially something like a bat, affords the assailant the advantage of distance        
5.     Don’t Wait.  As soon as you perceive the attack you have to move – fast!  You are either running away or moving in. Standing still is not a viable option.

Expert 3 Jean Paul Jauffret demonstrates defense vs stick attack.

Stay Safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto

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