Artifice & the Deployment
Of Concealed Weapons:

By combatives instructor John Deacon


In association with I.M.P.A.C.T and Urban Combatives.


Although this module was originally intended for individuals working operationally as Close Protection Personnel, who by nature of their profession must work and live within the confines of repressive British and European law, it also has an application (as all good combative based programmes will) for street use, and as such can be utilised by any individual enthusiastic enough to commit themselves to training these methods until they become fluid and workable.

The purpose of this instructional is to firstly bring to light the concepts, which will make deceptive kinesis combined with concealed weapons remain so. It's of no use to anyone, for you to kit yourself out with an array of purpose built or improvised tools, carry them on your person and then foul up the vital process of drawing and using them when sudden violence is warranted. In order to conceal not only the weapon, but also ones actions during its access, there are a number of key points that need to be adhered to.

· Always conceal the weapon in a position from where it can be readily accessed in practically no time at all.

· Make certain through diligent practice that the weapon intended for use does not snag on clothing when being deployed as this will not only telegraph ones intentions but also provide the adversary with the time and opportunity needed to attack.

· Ensure that the position of the weapon is such that it can be bought into play directly from its location and does not need to be manipulated in the hand for use.

· Complete the whole process using natural unobtrusive movements with no tell tale signs such as reaching into pockets or to the small of the back.


The tie dagger deception:
The weapon of choice here needs to be light in weight and inexpensive in design. A pencil or a pen are perfect for our needs both of which are neither weapons by design nor have they been adapted in any way in order to be used as such; both points are relevant to British and European law regarding the carrying of weapons. These points apply to both the Close Protection Operative and civilians alike in this country. The tool of choice needs to be secured in place using a clip or some other kind of device consistent with formal clothing such as a badge or a pin it does not take a huge amount of time to construct a loop of material perhaps sewn onto the clothing for which one can secure a pen.

In the case of the tie dagger you will find that most ties worn by the CPO or civilian businessman alike will have a loop on the back of the tie as part of its design already. This will allow you to secure the pen via the top of as shown in this example using a biro pen as well as protecting the user from the sharp point. Logic dictates that if this method of carry fits with the individuals needs then as stated previously a pen works beautifully as a self-protection tool. However, if deep laceration is the intended result then some other purpose made equipment would need to replace the pen. Think of the desired end and any negative consequences resulting from law enforcement as a guide line to what tool of choice you carry. As a ground rule, know the limitations of the weapon you decide to carry.

Deployment of weapon:
Artifice is used to deploy the weapon, in this case a biro pen is drawn from behind the operatives tie as he makes as if to straighten his tie and collar. As in all cases of misdirection, this is a very normal physical action to make and the time lapse between this action and the first offensive attack should take no more than a second.
As the weapon is drawn a simultaneous Ax hand is fired into the aggressor's face
This is followed up with a continuous aggressive attack using forward pressure to completely dominate the opponent. The Ax hand is followed with a thrust to the face then an elbow strike to the opposite high line from here just continue with pumping thrusts from low to high as the targets present themselves. Make sure that you maintain some kind of grip on your opponent after the elbow strike in order to prevent his retreat until the job is done.