Young men want to test their courage, but most good tests of physical courage are also great ways to get killed — or at least injured.
If you modify a dangerous sport to make it safe, it’s no longer a good test of courage.
Some hobbies successfully ride the edge between too-dangerous and not-scary — most forms of grappling are mildly dangerous and, in competition or when you’re new, fairly scary — but other martial arts have lost their edge — literally.
Fighting with foils or rubber knives isn’t scary. Fighting with more substantial weapons can lead to broken bones.
The downside is that a Shocknife costs $500.
But you can make your own from a cheap electric fly-swatter:
- Make sure any residual charge is bled off by tapping the racket into something metal and grounded, making sure that both mesh sides touch. Remove batteries. Unscrew the housing.
- Pry apart the plastic “racket” portion and snip off the leads to the three attached wires, or simply cut them as long as possible. Discard racket.
- Since this is supposed to simulate a knife, the leads will need to attach to something of a similar shape. The template should also be non-conductive. I found a piece of wood to be the best option, since it was easy to adjust to the desired shape. Take the overall length of the weapon into mind- how long does the training weapon need to be? With the body at 8 inches, I cut the wood template to a little under 3 inches.
“Please don’t be stupid with this thing.”