Discreet self-defense tool allows you to use retractable claw, local black belt instructor weighs in

MOORHEAD, Minn. (Valley News Live)- It could be a game-changer for keeping you safe and good news, it fits in a stocking if you're still looking for that perfect gift. But some self-defense experts say there's more to it than meets the eye.

Secure the strap to your wrist, put the device in your palm and make a fist. That’s what the directions say for TigerLady. It's a discreet self-defense tool a lot of people are buying online.

The people who make this tool claim it’s used to gouge the attacker and collect their DNA sample at the same time.

But for black belt instructor Alexis Potter, she says there's more to it than just holding this self-defense tool or anything like it including pepper spray. You have to know how to use it.

"It all comes down to the skill of the user and having it readily accessible to be able to be used so not leaving it so not left in your purse," says Shou Shu Martial Arts Black Belt Instructor, Alexis Potter.

That's why Potter says it really helps to have some self-defense training under your belt because she tells us tools like these only go so far.

As for this self-defense mechanism, it has been around for a couple years now. They go for about $30 each.

One word of advice Potter has for everyone, get your keys out of your purse or pocket before leaving home or the store. That way you don't waste time digging for them and they can also be used as a scratching tool.