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Folding Chair

On Wednesday, we practiced using a folding chair as a defense against a club (stick) attack. From a sitting position, we practiced pulling the chair out between our legs, grabbing the seat and back, thrusting the legs toward the attacker's face several times while spinning the legs somewhat to parry the club, and throwing the chair (just pretend so that we did not damage the chairs or flooring) to create an opening to escape.

I will tell you this. I felt pretty vulnerable when I was the attacker. The four legs of a folding chair are a pretty good weapon.

Part of self-defense is being aware of your surroundings and identifying items that can be used for protection. Another thing I emphasized to our students is being aware of avenues of escape. There's a big difference between running for an exit and running into a closet.


Charles C. Goodin