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Self defense instructors say having the right weapon can make a difference


Dark parking lots, hands full of items, talking on cell phones, and not paying attention to your surroundings. Those are just some of the things that make people, especially women, prime targets for criminals.

"We're born with the ability to sense danger," explained Global Tactical Training Group Executive Director Gary Glemboski.

Glemboski also served as a lieutenant for the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department for more than 27 years.

Glemboski said everyone also possess the ability to fend off an attack. And that doesn't always mean using a lethal weapon.

For example, there are stun guns and tasers out on the market.

"But I'm not a big fan of them," said Glemboski, "because you have to be too close to use them."

Flashlights are another good tool to keep on hand.

"Bad guys don't like crowds and they don't like light," Glemboski explained. "So hang out with a bunch of people and carry a big flashlight."

Ku batons and pepper spray are also non lethal weapons that can stun your attacker, making it easier for you to get away.

"One of the things I recommend is pepper spray," said Glemboski. "It's nasty, it hurts, it's uncomfortable, and you're not going to injure anyone with it."

But those aren't your only option. Knives and guns are too. But Gary says you have to know how to properly use a gun.

"A lot of people that come to our classes say well, I've got a gun and I've had it for a long time. And I say that's fine but ave you ever had any training with it? And they say no but I've got a gun."

If guns are your weapon of choice, Glemboski said be prepared to pull the trigger.

"All of the sudden you flip the switch and now you're determined," Glemboski explained. "You're going to get angry and you're going to retaliate. You've got to do it hard, you got to do it fast. The object is to get away, not to engage, but get away."

"Just being explosive, in your refusal to be a victim, in your refusal to accept this as a done deal, you're forcing your attacker to step outside his expectations," Amy Thurman, instructor of the women's GTAC course explained. "He doesn't know what to think. You'll throw him off his game."

But ultimately you need to decide what your capable of and willing to do to protect yourself.

"There's not going to be any one tool that you can use," said Glemboski. "That's why we teach so many different things. We give people options, and maybe they'll use a combination of them."

And have the confidence to know, you don't have to be a victim.

"I think the class has increased my confidence, "said class participant Victoria Logue. "Just knowing I can use my keys to fight back, things like that."

"If you don't have to use any form of self defense, that's great, but it's a nice thing to know and it's definitely a confidence booster," said class participant Amy Pearson.

For more tips or to sign up for the G-TAC self defense class, visit http://www.gatactical.net/

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