An area of defensive preparations where I’ve been quite deficient is in empty-hand techniques. I’ve been trained to shoot (obviously), to use a knife, and to use a Kubotan – but have learned precious little about using no tools other than what nature has provided.
The gun is an appropriate tool for encounters that happen beyond, say, two arm’s reach. Inside that space, however, the handgun is probably not the correct first choice. (It may come into play at some point, but immediately going to guns within reach of the assailant is generally not a good initial response.) Empty hand skills definitely come into play when you’re in a non-permissive environment (no weapons allowed) or the incident occurs within two arm’s reach. If we examine our lives and habits closely, I think many of us will recognize that those are very common situations – and that we’ve not done much to prepare for them!
A good introduction to empty hand striking techniques comes in the form of an article from instructor Kelly Muir over at the Personal Defense Network.
-=[ Grant ]=-