LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - We all have those places where we just don't feel quite comfortable: a parking garage, dark street, maybe a stairwell. Thousands of women turn to secret weapons, or everyday-looking items, with not so everyday-implications, to give them an extra sense of security. We're working for you, putting them to the test to see if they're worth your hard-earned money and your trust.
At the Brad Haynes Martial Arts Academy in Clarksville, the students are fit and ready to fight to defend themselves if necessary
"To have that mindset of I'm going home," said owner Brad Haynes. "That's the first thing whether it be, if they want my wallet, just give them my wallet or whether it's going to be something where I have to physically defend myself."
While we all may not be martial arts masters, a quick search of the internet turns up a ton of products that promise to give us the edge over a potential attacker.
University of Louisville police officer Aaron Graham said he teaches students the best defense is to avoid getting into risky situations in the first place.
"If you get involved in a situation where you're going to have to defend yourself, you want to get away as fast as possible," Graham said. "Most of it is being aware of your surroundings."
Graham helped us test some of the more popular protection products to see if they'd really work if the unthinkable were to happen.
"It's a cheap home security system," he said. "It's a way of waking you up."
The noise alone, Graham said, might stop someone in their tracks, "and it will give you the opportunity to get away and try to get some type of help. I would say thumbs up for this for what it's actually intended. It's not a self-defense item but it is some sort of deterrent that may help you get away."
"It is beneficial," he said. "It is something that we can say, yes you can carry because it is going to help you."
It's actually the one he'd pick for his wife and daughter if he were picking a product, but he said the people at Brad Haynes Martial Arts Academy may be in the best position to protect themselves, using the weapons we were born with -- our voices, hands and feet.
"First thing I would teach them is some very simple moves because in times of stress, you're going to fall back on what you already know," said Graham.
"Physical skills, they're in your head, they're in your hands and feet and so you know them," Haynes said.
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