are three rules to combat;
know your enemy,
know your weapon"
-Old martial arts saying
you even know
how that gun works?... he does.
"a thing designed or used for inflicting bodily harm or physical
Whether you own a gun or not, you might have to defend yourself against
one. As a matter of fact, most violent crime occurrs with only one
party having a weapon. Which party would you be? Note that the
definition didn't say "firearm" or "gun". Almost any object can be used
as a weapon. Regardless of the laws in your state, criminals will
always have weapons. Learning how these weapons work, and how to defend
yourself against them should be a training priority.
|Most martial artist
focus on unarmed combat.
Whereas all this is important to have in one's arsenal, it is important
to know the safe and effective operation of weapons. The reason, is
self evident. They exist, and you are very likely to encounter one in
the event of combat. Say for example firearms. Most of us martial
artist do have some background
in gun "take-aways", that is disarming an opponent wielding a firearm
at close range. But few martial artist actually make it a point to
learn to operate a firearm as part of their martial arts training. This
is at best foolish, and at worse dangerous. Violent crime usually comes
accompanied by blades and guns. It is not enough to be physically able
to disarm your opponent, but also be able to understand that weapon,
its capabilities and limitations should you have to use it to further
defend yourself, or should you be targeted by that weapon. Just because
you took a gun away from an assailant does not mean that he is down and
out, say he produces a knife? say he comes after you again? now you
have a gun, but trained alert police officers with guns die every year
in the same scenario. Are you prepared? When somebody comes into your
house at night they are not going to be carrying a popsicle stick.
You'd better be prepared. For those of us carry a gun for a living, how
prepared are we to actually employ such weapon in low light and under
extreme duress? (and trust me it will be extreme!).
Primitive man used whatever was available to him for both work and self