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Deadly Parasols | Umbrella As A Self-Defense Weapon

An umbrella has the capability to be an extraordinary everyday self-defense weapon. Read on and find out the many ways you can use your umbrella to defend yourself against an attacker!

Self-Defense: For the Rain, Sun, and Everything Else

We all know umbrellas can keep us dry when it’s raining or give us shade when the sun is out. However, probably one of the most uncommon yet effective uses of an umbrella is for self-defense. When you find yourself trapped in a dark alley with muggers coming after you, but you don’t have a knife, a gun, or pepper spray, the best way to protect yourself is to use an umbrella. With this in mind and without further ado, below are ways to use an umbrella as a weapon, so you can outlast any dangerous situation you encounter.

1. Using the Umbrella for Close Combat

Umbrellas are a gentleman’s self-defense weapon. In fact, a form of martial arts known as Bartitsu uses canes or umbrellas as its first line of defense.

There are a lot of things you can do when it comes to close proximity combat. However, without getting fancy, the best way of using the good ole umbrella is to use it like a light stick. Stab, poke, swing, distract, and strike the culprit who wants to do you harm. You can also use the hook to trip, trap or choke your attacker.

Defending yourself is even better if you’re using the Unbreakable Umbrella. This parasol is a phenomenal impact weapon. Because it is as strong as a steel pipe, it won’t break when you whack an attacker. However, it’s still light, making it easy to carry as a weapon. According to Gizmag, the Unbreakable Umbrella is a “peculiar mix of genteel elegance and chilling weaponry.” It may cost a bit more than an ordinary umbrella, but it’s worth every penny.

2. Using Parasols as a Projectile Launcher

The use of weaponized umbrellas has been a part of pop culture for quite a long time now. Batman’s nemesis, the Penguin, has a wicked collection of parasols that turn into weapons. Further, if you’ve seen the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, you’ll know Colin Firth’s character beat up some hooligans using nothing but an umbrella. However, he didn’t just use an ordinary umbrella. Instead, he used a bulletproof one that came with gadgets such as a projectile launcher and a taser.

In the real world, it turns out umbrella guns are not just fiction. There was this particular incident where a Bulgarian novelist and political dissident named Georgi Markov was assassinated with the use of an umbrella gun in 1978. The weaponized umbrella has a poison pellet that hit Markov’s thigh, causing his imminent death.

According to investigators and scientists, it was a modified parasol that had a cylinder of compressed air that discharged the pellet into the barrel after pushing the trigger. The trigger, hidden in plain sight, is located in the umbrella’s handle.

You need to be some sort of an expert in making weapons to come up with an umbrella gun. Or perhaps, you need to be a secret agent or a spy to obtain one. Although it is not far-fetched, it’s also not easy to convert an ordinary sunshade into something that can cause physical damage when fired from a distance.



3. The Umbrella Sword

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It may look like an ordinary umbrella, but hidden inside is a weapon for self-defense. When you unscrew the hardwood hook handle, a double-edged sword blade that can thwart would-be attackers from executing their sinister plan is revealed. You can carry an umbrella sword to protect yourself anywhere and anytime. It’s an innovative tool and one of the ideal concealed weapons that can save your life when you need it the most.


Looking for more ways to use an umbrella for self-defense? Watch this video from Howcast and learn some moves to defend yourself from an attacker!

In a survival situation, we cannot limit umbrellas to a single use. There are various ways to use an umbrella and one of them is for self-defense. You can use it to strike or block an attacker. You can stab them using its tip or choke them with its hook. In addition, you can take some martial arts class like Bartitsu to properly harness the power of an umbrella against attackers. Regardless, it’s always an advantage to carry an umbrella whatever the weather is. According to J.F. Sullivan, an umbrella is “the true arm of the citizen.” Stay safe!

Do you know other ways to use an umbrella for self-defense? Share your technique with us in the comments below! 

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