When most people look at items on an office desk, in a purse, or around the house they see the item and its function. Scissors cut, magazines have articles to read, reflective sunglasses make sunny days easier to bear, right?
Those trained in self defense, emergency thinking, or how to Think Like a Black Belt never limit objects this way.
- become a hole punch to add a hole in a leather belt to better secure a leg splint
- gouge, tear, or otherwise create bodily trauma to an attacker
- pry open a stuck window to escape danger or fire
- become a splint when rolled and taped tight for a forearm break or small child’s leg
- create a blunt weapon when rolled up tightly and ends are used
- when pages are crumpled up acts as insulating barrier against cold or to keep in cold (in an ice chest)
- cover eye movements to subtlety assess a threatening situation
- reflect sunlight to signal aircraft or rescuers
- help look around corners in a active shooter situation to see if an escape route is clear
Take a new look at what’s around you. Do things have an added dimension to them now?
Photo: Banjo Brown