Munio Self Defense is Great Martial Arts Equipment!
Munio means ‘I defend,’ and it is the next great martial arts tool designed specifically for self defense.
Once every year or so somebody asks me to do a review, of a book or a martial arts product, and I get very picky. I’m not about to put my name on something just for the heck of it, or to get a free sample, or whatever.
That said, when the honorable and never to be maligned Phil Ventrello pointed to one of my blogs and said that he had a product that was in the spirit of that blog, and would I be interested in reviewing his ‘Munio,’ I jumped at the chance. The product he was talking about, you see, was a self defense key chain, and I have carried one for decades.
I have hung my keys on a Kubotan for a lo-o-ong time, and I have been kicked out of more airports and hospitals than you can shake a keychain at. Simply, I hate being told by those TSA gropers that I have to go back to my car, take my keys off, and then come back.
I mean, what? I’m going to hijack an airplane, or kidnap a kidney patient, using something that looks like a blunt pencil?
Furthermore, I often work late at night. I need a Kubotan, and I am serious about my protecting Mrs. Case’s son’s body.
Phil sent me two of the Munio self defense keychains, and I am glad he did. I tested one, and figured if it didn’t pass my test then I could throw the second one away. And, if it did pass the test, I had a brand, fresh, spanking new one to slip my keys on.
What is the Al Case Munio self defense key chain test? Heh heh! It is fun.
First I went out to the garage and picked up a hammer. Then, using martial arts skills honed over near a half a century, I bashed the holy crud out of the thing.
BAM! BAM! BAM!
Aw, no dents.
So I turned it sideways and bashed it some more.
BAM! BAM! BAM!
What? Still no dents?
Then I put it in the vise and hit it sideways, trying to break it in half, or at least bend it a little.
BAM! BAM! BAM!
Darn! Still no dents! In fact, the thing looked like new! So not only did it pass my test, but now I had two keychains that look brand, fresh, spanking new!
Okay, that was the physical part of it all. Lots of fun, but there are some things to consider about this Munio thing.
The card that comes with it says it is legal in all states, and is TSA acceptable. Perfect!
Made of unbreakable polycarbonate. Yup. Al Case tested and vouched for.
No risk of electrical shock or chemical discharge. Sounds funny, but this is important. What this is referring to are the liabilities of using a stun gun, or some sort of pepper spray.
I am not a fan of stun guns. Zap some guy with a heart condition and you will be supporting your local undertaker.
And with pepper spray you have to get it out, aim it, and then it isn’t always effective. When I use a big, old spray can for bugs or paint I always miss with the first shot.
Furthermore, consider the bulkiness or awkwardness of stun guns and pepper spray, and the Munio comes out a clear winner. This key chain is svelte, cool looking (I selected the ‘dragon’ model for my personal favorite), and easy to carry.
Okay, those are the real considerations you have to take into account when using something like the Munio Self Defense tool. But what about the other things that aren’t mentioned?
For instance, how does it compare to a Kubotan?
Mind you, I have carried a Kubotan for more than 20 years, and I swear by them.
First, the Munio is slightly shorter. But do you need a long keychain?
No. Because the Munio is fitted to your fist.
Will it hit as hard as the Kubotan?
It will hit harder, because it has a smaller impact surface area.
The only area the Kubotan is better in is the grab art aspect. But, I have to tell you, being able to do grab arts with a Kubotan does take a certain amount of practice and knowledge. And, to tell you the truth, even with all my experience, if somebody comes up on me late at night while I am fumbling with my keychain…I’m basically a hack and stab kind of guy. I believe in inflicting as much pain as possible, and walking away or calling the cops or whatever. And that, my friends, is why I am putting my name on a recommendation for this product.
The Munio Martial Arts Self Defense Keychain: slicker looking than a painting by Dali, tougher than Chuck Norris’s chin, and the latest and greatest when it comes to fun and neat Martial Arts Self Defense.
About the author: Al Case began martial arts in 1967. He became a writer for the martial arts magazines in 1981, and had his own column in Inside Karate. He is the inventor of Matrixing and Neutronics, and he can be contacted through his website…MonsterMartialArts.com.
The Munio Self Defense Keychain can be found at http://www.munioselfdefense.com. Check it out!