Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I want one of these!

Hell, yeah! Ever since I saw "Once Upon a time in China" I've wanted to learn to kick ass with an umbrella - Wong Fei Hung style. It's a gentleman's weapon. Now you can buy an actual self-defense umbrella for about $180.

The entourage of the Philippine president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has an unusual secret weapon. Her security team defends the head of the government with umbrellas. Not ordinary umbrellas, but unbreakable fighting umbrellas. Watch the video to see the combat-brolly in action, and marvel as Thomas Kurz ("the world's foremost expert on flexibility training") viciously splits a watermelon in two.

Here's how the average guy might use an umbrella in regular, everyday street combat, as interpreted by Chin Kar Lok in "Martial Arts Master Wong Fei Hung":

Cleveland, aren't you into martial arts or something? What do you think about this umbrella thing?

Hat tip: Instapundit.

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