In the martial arts, the term “weapons” is an all-encompassing one. To the traditional martial artist, it brings to mind the katana, the long sword favored by samurai warriors. It also conjures up images of Okinawan staples such as the tonfa, sai, jutte and bo. To the reality self-defense practitioner, the term refers to handguns, long guns, tactical folding knives, and other home- and personal-defense tools. The category also includes pepper spray, stun guns, Tasers and expandable batons.
To anyone who is engaged in personal combat, no matter whether he or she is a traditional martial artist or a practitioner of reality-based self-defense, the concept of improvised weapons is important. It teaches that any object—a brick or a bottle, a chair or a chain, a tuba or a toaster—can be used to stop an attacker. Methods include inflicting injury via blunt trauma or through the manipulation of pressure points.