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#270219 - 07/09/06 02:49 AM a good weapon for a wheelchair user
Rainbowtiger Offline

Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 95
Loc: Maryland, USA
As you guys know from the BJJ/MMA forum I have BJJ and Thaiboxing as well as the blocks from Karate and some attacks using my wheelchair in my system I'm looking for weapon like some sort of stick to complete fighting my system. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

P.S. The Bo long is too it would make me immobile.

#270220 - 07/09/06 06:25 PM Re: a good weapon for a wheelchair user [Re: Rainbowtiger]
Reiki Offline
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Welcome to the weapons section Rainbowtiger.

In some wheelchairs the armrests are easily removable, perhaps you can consider their use as a striking object...

An arnis stick would probably be the most useful thing I can think of at the moment for use when in a wheelchair. Most other weapons including the jo have the disadvantage that you need lots of mobility to use them really effectively.
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#270221 - 07/09/06 06:42 PM Re: a good weapon for a wheelchair user [Re: Rainbowtiger]
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Registered: 11/25/04
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Rainbow -

There are certain kinds of keychains available that can double as weapons, if you are looking for something less noticeable.

There are also other options like strong metal pens, pepper spray, etc.
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#270222 - 07/09/06 09:06 PM Re: a good weapon for a wheelchair user [Re: Rainbowtiger]
Borrek Offline

Registered: 01/05/06
Posts: 501
Loc: Ann Arbor, MI
You most likely would not be able to legally carry a set around (the law varies by state), but I think nunchaku would be ideal for wheelchair use. You can generate tons of devastating speed with good wrist strength which is probably something you have in spades.

You would be at a perfect level for devastating knee attacks with nunchaku and they are a perfect weapon for closer range encounters.

#270223 - 07/10/06 02:11 PM Re: a good weapon for a wheelchair user [Re: Rainbowtiger]
Crash Offline
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Registered: 08/17/04
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
I'd carry a Taser!

#270224 - 07/11/06 04:46 PM Re: a good weapon for a wheelchair user [Re: Rainbowtiger]
pgsmith Offline

Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 275
Loc: Texas
I suggest hojutsu.

#270225 - 07/18/06 01:15 PM Re: a good weapon for a wheelchair user [Re: Rainbowtiger]
hedkikr Offline
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Registered: 02/28/05
Posts: 2827
Loc: Southern California, USA
1st of all, check the laws in your state.

If you learn some Arnis basics & get good, you might look into the ASP Expandable Baton. Many PD prefer it over regular batons or PR24's. They come in 2 sizes: 6" closed/15" expanded & 8" closed/20" expanded (aproximate).

Pepper spray has the problem of back-spray in a breeze.

Stunguns have to be within arm-reach (too close - too late).

Tasers only have 2 barbs.

A friend (& former MA) became W/C bound & carried a down-sized .45.

Again, know your state laws. Hope this helps.

#270226 - 07/21/06 08:46 AM Re: a good weapon for a wheelchair user [Re: hedkikr]
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Ted Volrath was a Korean War vet, who lost both legs during that war. He later studied Isshinryu, achieved strong rank and was a leader in the martial arts for the handicapted teaching movement.

He would do demonstrations on defense from his wheelchair, grabbing attackers, diving out of the chair pulling them on the ground and then going for it.

But he once starred in a movie "Pushers Die Hard" (which I never saw, probably a real grade 'z' movie. and they built a special wheelchair for him.

I saw it at a karate show after a tournament in York Pa in 76. He was on the stage talking about the moive, and had the entire audidience stand up.

When he described the scene where the pushers attacked him he grabbed both handles on the wheelchair and pulled them up. Two sawed off shot guns sprang out and fired blanks over the head of the audicence.

Everyone, literally EVERYONE dropped into their seats at the same time in shock.

That always seemed to be a reasonable weapon in a wheelchair to me.
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