Saturday, August 10, 2013

Self-Defense Classes and Clinics In Arizona

Self-defense classes and clinics can offer an attendee some insight. For example, not only do we have hands, feet, knees and elbows as weapons, we also have many tools that can be used for weapons. Pepper spray may be a good solution, but you have to have it with you at all times and be able to get to it at a moments notice. Think about it. If you have pepper spray on you, how long does it take to get it out of your pocket, from your purse, your glove compartment. Do you take it to the shower with you, swimming pool, church, etc.
Don't have a weapon handy? Yes I do - have a close look at
 my elbows!
Pepper spray is a good weapon but one must realize there are all kinds of weapons around us. Next time you go to a restaurant, etc. with a friend, play a game. Look around you and see what kind of weapons are available and see who can come up with the most potential weapons and how they can be used.

In a restaurant, you have a fork, spoon, knife, salt and pepper, purse, cell phone, coins, strap attached to a purse, car keys, belt, ring, etc. Now how would you use these and other things that might be present? Or what happens if you are a farmer or a nerd? We witnessed a couple of demonstrations where a martial arts instructor in Mesa used pens, belts, glasses, suspenders, and even corn cobs for self-defense weapons.

Just like the Okinawan martial artists of old who had to adapt using their
farming and fishing tools for self-defense weapons (kobudo), Dr. Neal Adam
(6th dan black belt) demonstrates how a Nebraskan farmer might
 defend himself in a pinch. Here he demonstrates the use of corn cobs, rope,
 corn cob pipe, straw hat and his suspenders as weapons of self-defense.
At a clinic taught at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate on the border of Mesa and Gilbert, a group of ladies recently learned to use purses, lipstick cases, magazines and car keys for self-defense. Other groups, such as girl scouts, learned to use contents of their back packs, while EMT, military, teacher and university faculty and staff members learned to use a variety of weapons including their elbows for self-defense.

"The limit of self-defense techniques and self-defense weapons is only limited by your imagination" according to Soke Hausel (Meijin wa jutsu) at the Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai Hombu in Mesa. "Because of so much rote needed to be an effective martial artist, an instructor must be creative in teaching the same techniques many different ways otherwise the Western student will quickly bore of martial arts".

Imagine you are a computer geek or nerd and you need to defend yourself. Dr. Neal
Adam from Phoenix demonstrates at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa
some of the common self-defense weapons geeks have with them including a pen, belt
shoes, glasses and even tablet and cell phones.