jdw242b July 14, 2008 3:54 PM

but does the TSA allow them on flights, or is the above comment going to be the norm…

If they ban them, then umbrella stand franchises might be the way to go for passive income! Call now!!

James July 14, 2008 4:35 PM

Clearly umbella is a clever portmanteau of umbrella and the Latin ‘bella’, meaning ‘wars’. It’s a WAR UMBRELLA.

HoJo II July 14, 2008 4:41 PM

Guy I knew made a war umbrella out of machined aluminum back in 1986. Now he’s living in the woods in Tennessee, I think.

Fred P July 14, 2008 6:09 PM

I’m trained in 半棒 (hanbō), and personally, I find most full-length umbrellas that aren’t thin aluminum fine – as long as you don’t care too much about rain protection after the fact (assuming that you’re dealing with an opponent with an edged weapon).

Felix Dzerzhinsky July 14, 2008 10:44 PM

This is not really new to anyone who watched the old British TV Series “The Avengers”. John Steed kicked ass with his sword umbrella. And of course there was the lovely Diana Rigg as Emma Peel!!!

Sparky July 15, 2008 2:14 AM

I’m surprised they only demonstrate beating things with it, while I imagine it is even more useful when used as a fencing weapon to keep opponents at a distance.

Most bodyguards (or other people) will never have to deal with a trained opponent with an edged weapon, and it they would, most would probably still lose because of lack of training and skills.

Maybe using something like kevlar for the fabric might be useful to offer some protection against small firearms, but I’d think it would get very think and heavy, and therefor totally useless, if the kevlar is thick enough to be of any use.

TS July 15, 2008 9:56 AM

And how does it work as an umbrella? I never buy expensive umbrellas since they don’t last too much longer than cheap ones.

Some restaurants and stores require you to leave big umbrellas at the door, which is why I carry a small folding one I can stuff in a bag and continue to walk around. With a full sized umbrella, you never know if it’s still going to be there when you’ve finished dining/shopping.

Fred P July 15, 2008 11:47 AM

I think that beating things look more dramatic to an untrained eye. A cane/umbrella/半棒 is very useful for blocks (hard or soft) disarms, holds, and chokes, but showing that assumes that the audience has some knowledge about blocks, disarms, holds, and chokes. I suspect that they’re trying to sell this to a more general audience.

pegr July 17, 2008 9:02 AM

No fair correcting the headline after I point it out! It was “umbella” people! It was! Bruce is changing his entries without telling anyone!


Kermit the bog July 20, 2008 8:39 PM

I’m with Steve – doesn’t that guy know it’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors?

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