In general, women can think of different assault scenarios to prepare in the event that they encounter such situations. It may be common to hear or see assaults such as theft, holdup, or even rape in the movies. However, women should come up with something to defend them from different kinds of assaults. Although self-defense techniques can very well help women in protecting themselves from attackers, it is also advisable to carry defense weapons at all times.
1. Pepper Spray – One of the most popular self-defense weapons that women carry with them is pepper spray. Pepper spray contains Oleoresin Capsicum, a lachrymatory agent. Pepper spray can cause temporary pain, blindness, runny nose, throat irritation, uncontrollable coughing, and burning sensations to an attacker. Although the effects are temporary, pepper spray allows you to get away from your attacker within 30 to 45 minutes. Pepper spray is available in different variants. The product can depend on the size of the pressurized canister which contains the Oleoresin Capsicum. In addition, pepper spray products differ in the foot range that you may be able to hit an attacker. Most pepper spray products can hit a person within 4 to 15 feet.
2. Kubotan – A Kubotan is similar to a small baton. Also known as a Kubaton or Kobutan, it is a self-defense weapon developed by Takayuki Kubota.
Its size is almost the same as the size of a felt-tip maker. It is usually 1.5 cm in diameter and 5.5 inches long. A Kubotan is designed for attachment to a key chain thus it may appear harmless to the attacker especially if he/she is not familiar with the weapon.
Women can grasp the Kubotan in the fist to execute a “hammer fist” move. It can also be used to aim for the pressure points of the attacker. A Kubotan adds strength to a woman’s punches when it is grasped behind the fingers. Some Kubotans have side grips, which are protruded between the fingers. This can leave your attacker defenseless.
3. Stun Gun – another prominent self-defense weapon carried by most women is a stun gun. A stun gun is a device which emits electrical charge. This electrical charge can immobilize or disable an attacker. Tasers are the most common type and brand of stun guns. On the other hand, stun guns are available in different types including Phase Induction, T-Wave, and Static Charge.