Tools of the Trade

Pistols, Blades & Budo (Oh my)!

Most martial arts schools often have in their creed an oath to protect those that cannot protect themselves. The wording varies from school to school but the tradition of service and sacrifice in the face of danger has been passed down over the generations in all groups that represent warriors. It is not any surprise that military and law enforcement branches are the foremost of these groups in our present-day society with martial artists, at least from traditional backgrounds.

Still, all warriors need to know the tools of the trade and that means weapons. Is it easy to stand up to armed criminals? If you ever have to do so, could you? Let me tell you it is easier to do so if you are armed and that is even if you don’t have to use your weapon. I stay away from trouble and always have tried to do so. But sometimes trouble falls on you or others around you, at least this has been my experience.

I believe that every day carry (EDC), is the responsibility for anyone claiming to be a warrior. We never know the likelihood of having a dangerous encounter when we wake up in the morning. If we did we wouldn’t need to study self-defense or carry tools of protection with us as we could avoid these situations. If you do not have the training needed to carry, there are courses you can take and daily drills you can perform to keep your skills adequate.

Carrying weaponry goes a long way in creating the awareness necessary for this mindset. People who do not possess the capability of controlling themselves mentally and emotionally are not fit to represent the warrior class nor to carry the tools of the trade.

Likewise, people who rely on others to be the protectors in society are not fit to carry the mantle of being a warrior. I have heard people say that they don’t practice every day carry because of the lack of comfort, while others do not carry because of fear of the responsibility that comes with it. Some individuals have even complained that they couldn’t be bothered with always trying to be aware and in control of their weapon and/or emotions.

While other people sometimes claim that warriors who practice EDC, have an inferiority complex or are just afraid and they rely on their weapon to compensate for it. This of course may be true in some cases but it should not be the norm. Often martial artists claim they don’t need a weapon due to their training. To some extent this is true, until a weapon is pulled. At this point a martial artist will discover that EDC will enhances a martial artist’s ability to intervene in difficult situations.

EDC helps even when there is no time to draw the weapon. As a lifelong martial artist and a former LEO and personal protection specialist, I’ve never had to pull a weapon. That is with the exception of drawing weapons on felony stops, which was a requirement. That being said, doesn’t mean that I have not had guns, knives and other lethal weapons pulled or used against me.

Yet, there are restrictions in our society to EDC but as a practice it truly enhances the warrior mentality of excellence, service, and sacrifice. EDC is a responsibility and a burden but do it anyway, you never know if your skills will be required to save the life of your loved one or the loved ones of others.

“The price of greatness is responsibility.” Winston Churchill

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