Yesterday I wrote about stewardesses seeking martial arts training. This is reasonable, because flight attendants are the last line of defense. In the case of the underwear bomber on Christmas Day, if he hadn’t been restrained by passengers and flight attendants he might have blown himself up and killed several hundred passengers on board.
I also asked the question, “What type of hand-to-hand training should stewardesses receive?”
Now is the time for honesty. A lot of people will say, “They should learn Hubu Bubu Eskrima (Which just so happens to be my style, coincidentally.).”
You know that I believe that the big stick is the best weapon. However, we must also consider the environment.
For instance, in rural Portugal, a staff is not only common, but there are open spaces that provide plenty of room to wield a staff. In that setting a staff is the best choice of weapon.
For a lumberjack, training with an axe and kicking with a heavy, spiked boot are both realistic and practical.
For the cramped confines of an airliner, the long stick (36 inches in length) is not the best choice.
For weapons, I lean toward a stun gun, which is portable and can be easily worn on one’s person. The stun gun also will incapacitate without injuring bystanders. My second choice would be a sap or a billy club. The sap would also have the advantage of being easily concealable and carried inconspicuously.
What type of martial art should a stewardess be trained in? Here I would argue for building a style from the ground up, considering the special circumstances of an airliner. Space is really tight, so I would place less emphasis on kicks, other than perhaps straight, lowline kicks no higher than the groin.
It seems to me that the style should emphasize the upper body, with straight punches (like Wing Chun), elbows, headbutts, and knees to a lesser extent. The style should also include chokes and arm/wrist/fingerlocks.