Weapons

Should I carry a weapon?

First of all, when someone attacks you, are you going to have enough time to reach in your pocket or purse to pull out your weapon, take off the safety if necessary and use it correctly? And if you do get it out on time, what if your assailant gets hold of it? You can be sure he's going to use it against you. And what if you could have simply run away? When you pull out a weapon, you are automatically escalating the seriousness of the situation. If you pull out pepper spray, someone is going to be physically hurt. If you pull out a knife or gun, someone could be killed. If you don't have a weapon you will be less likely to accidentally put yourself in more unnecessary danger.

Protective Devices

Bodyteen does not encourage the use of weapons. We believe you're better off with a protective device that cannot be used against you. The following protective devices are more effective for defense, and much less of a risk...

Light key chain
The first fundamental concept for protecting yourself is to be aware of your surroundings. In dark places, it's difficult to identify threats until they are very close. A light can help you identify a threat early. It an make it easier for you to get where you want to go. Without light you may trip on something or injure yourself. Criminals are less likely to commit a crime in places where the crime is easily noticed. Turning on a powerful light will make you a less attractive target.

The Sapphire Wearable light by ASP
This light attaches to your keychain, zippers, backpack, or anywhere else you can find. It is very small, not to mention stylish, available in many different colors. It produces a bright light capable of illuminating everything in front of you for over one mile. It runs on a lithium battery and crystal, which the company replaces for a lifetime.
$20.00

The Photon Micro-Light
This small device is extremely bright. It runs on 2 lithium batteries. It can shine continuously for 12 hours. It attaches to your key chain and can also fit in your pocket.

Personal Alarms
A self defense alarm should not produce any less than 100 dab of sound. Some of these products come with a strobe light that helps alert others visually to your location and need for help.

The Mace Portable strobe light and alarm
This alarm produces an ear splitting 130 dab of sound. A strobe light goes off when the alarm is triggered. There is also a switch to use the light manually.
$20.00

The Pro Tech Personal Body Alarm by Lorex
This alarm also produces an ear splitting 130 dab of sound. A strobe light goes off when the alarm is triggered. There is also a switch to use the light manually.
$20.00

To order any of these devices, call 1(866)477-8573 and speak with our customer service department.

When walking through dangerous areas, we recommend holding your protective device within your front coat or front pants pocket. You should be holding it as if you were going to activate it, to ensure quickness if needed.

What if they have a weapon?

People are easily intimidated by weapons. You need to remember that a weapon is harmless as long as the attacker cannot use it. A victim's instinct is to focus on and struggle with the weapon, but in order to successfully defend yourself against a weapon, you must attack the assailant's vulnerable areas instead, in order to prohibit the assailant's ability to use the weapon. Remember, once your fingers are dug into your assailant's throat or your knuckle is penetrating your assailant's eye, you have the upper hand and the assailant's weapon becomes virtually useless.

Here are some general things to remember...

First of all, if they haven't taken the weapon out yet, you can stop them. Before your assailant reaches for a weapon or draws his weapon, you should attack. As soon as you see him going for it, or even looking at it, strike him in his vulnerable areas as shown...
reach

Too Late! The weapon is out. It is not a gun!

The following diagrams describe some common defensive maneuvers you can use when threatened with weapons other than a gun...

If the attacker is within hitting range of you and uses an overhand attack with a knife or club of some sort, the natural reaction is to cower away from the attack. However it's actually safer to enter the attack. If you cower away you're going to get hit. If you enter the attack you can catch your assailant off guard and prevent yourself from being hit. When entering the attack, cross hand grab the attacker's wrist connected to the weapon. Place your other hand against the underside and back of the attacker's upper arm connected to the weapon. While guiding the arm with the wrist, push the upper arm up and into the attacker's face stepping into the attacker. Then sweep the attackers arm down while rotating to the side which holds the attacker's wrist. continue rotating and pushing the attacker's upper arm to the ground.

overhand

Too late! They're holding a gun!

If you are NOT the primary target

Get down flat on your stomach and stay down. If you are outside, run to and lie behind a car preferably behind a tire. If no cars are present, lie in the gutter next to a curb. If you are inside with the shooter, get to another room and lie down flat. If you can't exit the room lie behind a thick heavy object (desk, filing cabinet, couch). If you are inside and the shooter is outside, obviously stay down and away from windows or doors.

If you ARE the primary target

First of all, if they haven't taken the weapon out yet you can stop them. Before your assailant reaches for a weapon or draws his weapon, you should attack. As soon as you see him going for it, or even looking at it, strike him in his vulnerable areas.

First give them any material goods they ask for. Just don't give up your life. If they intend to harm your body you must take evasive action. Make sure you don't freeze up. Breathe and think. Once you've given them your money, your wallet, jewelry, etc. and they still intend to harm you physically, here's what you do...

If you are more than an arm's reach from them, take off! Run a zigzag pattern. Unless it's personal they'll probably let you go. If they do shoot, keep running. It's hard to hit a moving target, especially one moving unpredictably. Don't try to count shots. You don't know how much ammunition they have. Counting shots only works in the movies. Furthermore it's harder to hit you in a vital area when you're running away, than it is when you're just standing in front of them. An untrained shooter is not likely to have any accuracy over 60 feet. Turn a corner as soon as possible. If there is a building close by, head for its corner. Attempt to keep large objects such as cars or trees between you and the shooter. However, don't rely on them to stop bullets, as some high caliber bullets designed to pierce armor can easily penetrate a car and hit someone on the opposite side.

If you are closer than an arm's reach from them, you have a chance to attack them. You must decide which is riskier, running or defending yourself physically. If it's personal and you know they intend to hurt or kill you, you might decide to defend yourself. If it's not personal and they just want to mess with you after taking your money, you might decide to run. If you are with someone you care about that can't run as fast, you might decide to defending yourself. The following diagrams describe some techniques for defending yourself against an assailant armed with a gunÉ

Your attacker has drawn a gun, is pointing it at you, and you decide to engage.

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You first must ensure your body is completely out of the gun's range. You accomplish this using two important motions

  • 1. Turn your shoulders 90 degrees, moving outside of the gun's range in the following manner.
  • 2. Simultaneously, push the outside of the attacker's gun holding hand with your hand across the attacker's body, away from you.
move

This way, not only is your body out of range by rotating your shoulders, but you are pushing the gun even further from your direction. You must execute these motions as fast as you can simulateously. If you do, you should always be out of range before your attacker can react. Try it with a partner. Your partner should not know what you are going to do, as would be the case in a real life situation. See if your partner can say bang once you move, before you are out of the way. This move should simply be too fast for him.

Now, disarm the attacker by doing one of the following:

1. Buckling their wrist. When the wrist is bent inward toward the attacker's body the fingers cannot continue to grip.

wrist

Another way to buckle the wrist is to use your outside hand to bend it inward while striking the inside of the attackers wrist with your other hand as illustrated. This move can be extremely quick and send the gun flying from the attackers hand.

wrist

2. Attacking a vulnerable area with your free hand. Pain should make them submit.

vulnerable area

Don't be a hot shot. Once the gun is loose, take it and walk away, while being aware of your attacker's position and your surroundings. You now have the power to prevent further blood shed, so be smart. You're not out of danger until you've reached the police.

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