Unarmed combat

Unarmed combat is the primary mode of civilian self-defense. But “unarmed” doesn’t necessary mean that you’re empty handed. Jujutsu, Judo, SAMBO often called “invisible weapon” (much more often then any other styles of martial arts; I never heard this designation attributed to boxing or MMA, for example).

But possessing “invisible weapon” doesn’t mean that you should deprive yourself “visible” weapon of opportunity. This weapon can be anything, and I mean it – anything: handbag, briefcase, cup of soft drink or hot chocolate, chair, tree branch, handful of sand, lipstick, car keys, your own shoe or overcoat, newspaper, you name it – you use it!

Self-defense training should prepare student for using weapon of opportunity, even bulk of the time would be spend on truly unarmed combat techniques .

Weapon of opportunity, as any other, can be divided into three groups: defensive shields, blind impact, and cutting edge. This designation is relative since briefcase in general is defensive shield, but can be used as blind impact weapon too (witch is in line with traditional fencing techniques). To explain how to recognize weapons of opportunity and how to take advantage of them, is the primary way to teach this subject, but some common scenarios, such using of chair, can be trained in action on tatamy.


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