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Self-Defense Tip #108 — Thrusting and Poking and the Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella

Now and then we get a question like this one:

“Does your [Unbreakable®] telescopic umbrella lock in the extended position or is it a friction hold like an ASP baton? I am curious about whether you can thrust with it.”

The answer is, “No, it does not lock in the extended position firmly enough for thrusting.” Below are reasons why not.

1. The Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella has a large handle, which is unlike a small end of a telescopic baton. The small end of the telescopic baton may be used to inflict pain with pokes and thrusts. The much larger handle of the umbrella is not suitable for doing so. An exception would be an uppercut with either end of the collapsed umbrella, best held with two hands. But then it would deliver a knockout rather than just pain.

2. Pokes and thrusts with a baton held in one hand are not the techniques to rely on in self-defense. Such moves are means of intimidation, humiliation, or provocation, but not of self-defense. For example, one police officer pokes a mark to provoke him, while a second officer, baton in hand, is ready to pummel the reacting mark into a bloody pulp.

So, even if you are a Law Enforcement Officer, you would not want to poke or stab someone with the Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella because with its ends much larger than the end of the ASP baton, you won’t get that reaction.

3. An Unbreakable® Umbrella may be used only as a blunt weapon. A blunt weapon must be applied decisively–first whack must be a disabling one–or the weapon will be taken away from you. Practicing with a blunt weapon keep this thought in mind: Someone grabbing your edged weapon will likely get cut badly, someone grabbing your blunt weapon will likely take it from you, so if you whack a limb it must go limp (more about it in Self-Defense Tip 107). Thrusts with a blunt weapon, even two-handed, bayonet style, are very likely to end with you losing the weapon–unless you are very well trained or participate in a mass attack on someone.

By the way, for examples of self-defense tactics suitable for the Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella see Self-Defense Tip 107.

Applying any of the techniques mentioned above is your sole responsibility.

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The reader or viewer assumes all risks and hazards of injury or death to herself, himself, or others, as well as any resultant liability for the use of the techniques and methods contained in this self-defense tip.

Specific self-defense responses demonstrated or described in this self-defense tip may not be justified in certain situations in light of all the circumstances or under the applicable federal, state, or local law. Neither Never-Thought-of-It LLC nor the author of this self-defense tip makes any representation or warranty regarding the legality or appropriateness of any techniques described or demonstrated in this self-defense tip.

Self-defense tip from Thomas Kurz, co-author of Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and author of Science of Sports Training, Stretching Scientifically, and Flexibility Express.

The Unbreakable Umbrella -- better than a cane, keeps the rain off, whacks like a steel pipe.


3 Responses to Self-Defense Tip #108 — Thrusting and Poking and the Unbreakable® Telescopic Umbrella

  1. Dawn says:

    body cams will show “the mark” grabbing the baton and then being justifiably “subdued” by a vigorous beating #-o

  2. mason says:

    Tom is right. Thrusting with a telescopic umbrella, even locked solid in the extended position, is a bad idea. But with one good whack to a hand his umbrella will break the hand’s bones (defang the snake).

  3. Reg says:

    I have the model U-212. Its metal handle can chisel flesh away from bone.


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