What do these everyday items have in common?
If you said self-defense, you're right. Each item – the ruler, ballpoint pen, notebook, and flashlight – can all be used as personal defense tools. Not only can these everyday items be used for personal defense, they're easy to find, easy to deploy, and very unassuming. Plus, they'll safely and legally travel anywhere – in the car, at the office, coffee shop, or on a plane.
If you're not quite comfortable carrying a firearm or edged weapon, a personal defense tool that you may feel you're more apt to carry, and something "less-lethal", is a tactical flashlight. (Which is all well and good as long as you understand the pros, cons and limitations).
A tactical flashlight (Nitecore MH2C is pictured) and tactical pen are two of my go-to everyday carry (EDC) tools (besides a firearm and knife) even in the daytime. I mention daytime because you never know when you may need a flashlight as work tool to illuminate dark areas of a bag, trunk, or walking the shopping mall when the power cuts out. That happened to me... and guess who had a light to find the way out?
The tools pictured can all be used as a visual impairment tool (in the hands of the skilled operator) as well as a force-multiplier and striking implement to create an "equalizer" versus a stronger, faster assailant. The tactical flashlight, however (via the whopping 800 lumens of light shined directly in the eyes at night), is very versatile and should be part of your everyday carry (especially if you carry a firearm for getting a positive identification on a possible threat).
Tools are awesome and I could geek-out all day on the latest and greatest... But what's the operating system for the tool?
Well, it's you.
Driven by your mindset and skill set developed through a practical training methodology, these tools are quite effective. The system of training and tactics we utilize is Pekiti-Tirsia Kali (SMF). Aside from its legacy as being a versatile and proven combat system of the Philippines, three aspects that makes PTK-SMF™ so effective are: (1) the extemporaneous execution of dynamic maneuvering with offensive and counteroffensive tactics and techniques, (2) the training methodology to develop the skill to deploy said tactics and techniques, and (3) the validation methods.
The SMF standard is the ability to execute the proper range, timing, intent and energy of dynamic – realistically. That's important, especially with weapons. Knowing the what, where, when, how and why to maneuver and keeping it simple is vital, but you have to produce it. You have to have the ability to validate your skill (and the system) under any condition or environment.
Gear and tools are obviously important, but it's vital to spend more time and money toward training. The mental and physical skills you embody are vastly more important.
By effectively acquiring effective observation skills, you're more likely to detect and/or deter a dangerous threat, identify equalizers in your environment, and maneuver ahead of a bad situation (which requires specific training). In addition to developing mental skills, train to develop effective physical skill (and conditioning) because you may not always be able to run or run far.
Want to be more effective and efficient? Plan and prepare ahead of time, carry relevant useful equalizers (and learn how to use them) as well as how to leverage your surroundings at a moment's notice – there will always be someone stronger and faster that can harm you.
Make a trip out to our classes and you'll learn to realistically use any tool in any context without overloading your brain with unnecessary bullsh*t. I promise it'll be worth the time. And besides, it's fun.