I may have mention once before that I trained in martial arts, and to this day have an interest in the Mixed Martial Arts and even looked at practicing judo.
As part of my “prepping” for a Trump Presidency, I am trying to get the basics of a small, metal weapon called a kubotan. I figure that a Trump victory could energize his “deplorables” the way the “Brexit” energized the far-right in England. Also, if I will be photographing I.C.E sweeps, I may find myself in some less than savory neighborhoods.
So far, all I know how to do is effectively hold the weapon. But I am already starting to think of the ways the grips can be used to strike an adversary. The “Hammer Grip”, actually used to strike upwards, but with possible uses to do a strike like a hook to the body. The variations on the “Ice Pick Grip”, which could be directed at the collarbone, the crown of the head, the knee, the thigh or the groin. A braced version could be directed at the solar plexus. The “Center Grip”, basically used to load a punch, is one I see as being the least useful. The final grip, the “Sabre” is similar to how one would hold a sword or knife, and I could see it as being used to counter an edged weapon, once I get to that point.
I also know how to conceal the weapon so a deplorable, etc, will not know what coming. What I’ll soon be learning is how to actually strike, deflect, etc.
Even if Trump loses, though, I can still see his followers taking out their frustration on African-Americans, Latinos, and other people of color who they may see as having spoiled their putsch. I may still need to be ready to protect myself or my allies.