This is the first of three or so vids that will feature Gabrielle Rubin. I do NOT rate her, at all. The clips of hers that I’ve thus far seen are filled with moronic, unusable tat.
I do not believe that she has ever pressure tested anything she suggests (basic common sense would recommend that most of her nonsense not be tried), but she’s seen a few fancy moves on TV and now is making a living from selling the re-packaged garbage to easily fooled women.
Also, word of warning; The vids as they appear on YouTube have very anti-women comments on them. Those comments are nothing to do with me, it’s just a few angry men who can’t articulate what they feel.
With that said, here we go…
00:13 Pepper Spray. Totally illegal in the UK. Next.
Okay, so I won’t just rush away from it. Most police in America don’t like using it in the open or against more than one person due to the fact that it is almost impossible to use without blowing back into your own face.
Also, I view this the same as the Hair Spray or Deodorant Spray; How confident are you that you can blindly (this means without looking at what you’re doing, while maintaining eye contact with the attacker) draw this weapon (be it pepper, hair, or deodorant) and aim it accurately in the eyes of the attacker, before they grab your arms?
00:18 ‘I can hurt you without laying a finger on you,’ and-
00:20 ‘It’s a long range weapon.’
These two comments are very telling. Gabrielle knows that her clients are going to be scared of the confrontation, we all are (learn how to handle the adrenaline dump), but what she’s selling here is false hope.
Learn to beat the opponent without touching them, without even getting close to them! It doesn’t exist, there is no easy fix, there is no magic word to make the bad guys fall down.
Also, unless you’re using law enforcement/military grade spray, it’s not really a long range weapon at all.
00:31 ‘I call it like a circular motion.’ The rest of us would call it an arc, but whatever.
You can also see here by the way she demonstrates that she hasn’t a clue. How many people are supposed to be attacking her if she’s spraying in that large an arc? The correct answer to the question she was asked would be, ‘Yes spray it into the attacker’s face.’
Then run like hell.
00:36 Spray to cover as much area. Really? Because the smaller the area, the more potent it will be. What if there were innocent by-standers in the vicinity? This woman has seen one-too-many films.
Or not enough of the right films, depending on your view.
A short metal stick that is often totally misrepresented and misused. I don’t hold out much hope here.
00:54 Nope. I hate when I see this used for any type of rear grab. It is very unlikely if you are being grabbed from behind that you will be able to simply slip off to the side. Especially if you are being grabbed around the neck.
Because as you go to move, I’m either going to move with you, or I will over-power you (remember, people rarely attack those who are stronger) and keep you were you are.
And you don’t need anything in your hand to strike the groin, just a clenched fist will do.
00:59 Swinging it back over your shoulder to hurt the attacker via head trauma. Only it won’t. Because it won’t generate enough force to hurt the attacker enough to make them let go of you. This is all very nice in theory, but totally useless in reality.
01:03 Personal Alarm.
01:08 As soon as the attacker had a grip on your wrist with one hand, their other hand would grab your ‘alarm hand.’ Or, as is more likely, while you’re messing around trying to get the alarm from your pocket/bag, the attacker has blasted you in the face with a strike.
Or are you supposed to walk around all day with the alarm in your out-stretched hand?
01:15 No. Christ, where do they get these people.
The attacker’s left hand would tighten its grip on your right wrist, the attacker’s right hand would be swatting at your left hand, the ‘alarm hand,’ all the while they’d be dragging you somewhere. If they’re not dragging you away, then they’d just start to beat you where you stand.
01:19 The alarm is annoying, but not loud enough to cause sufficient pain to get away from an attacker, or to draw attention from passers-by. Gabrielle does then say that it’s not to stop the attacker, it’s to draw an audience.
Not good enough. Everything in your arsenal should be significant, in that it will stop an attacker. You can not count on there being other people, if there were other people around you probably wouldn’t be getting attacked in the first place.
01:32 The Whistle.
Works the same way the alarm does. But as I’ve just explained, the alarm doesn’t.
01:40 The Flashlight.
In order for a flashlight (or torch) to work it either has to be very powerful, or it has to be dark. If you’re attacked during the day and you try to use a low-powered torch such as she’s using in daylight, it won’t accomplish anything.
Also, it’s very easy to knock the hand with the torch to the side. If you’re planning on using a torch, I’d suggest the SAS-recommended twelve inch metal case Maglite, because that can be used as a very effective club.
In conclusion, I don’t recommend anything she suggests here. I would direct you towards the phenomenal work of Lee Morrison for genuine defence tips (or of course, start getting yourself to and RBUD.co.uk class).