Self-Defense Tip #109 — You Better Time It Well

A long stick gives you reach but you better time you swing well, otherwise this will happen:

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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.

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4 thoughts on “Self-Defense Tip #109 — You Better Time It Well”

  1. As a former foil fencer, I’d use the point to critical areas like throat, eyes, face. I think timing is very hard swinging it and, if the tip wasn’t sharp enough to use as a foil, I’d break the stick in half and use two sticks like the machete folks do. I don’t think you have a good chance the way that guy went about it with the stick.

    1. The guy in the video held a stick of a quarterstaff size but tried to use it like a baseball bat so he failed. To use well a stick as big as a quarterstaff one needs to know how to use the quarterstaff (good basics are here https://youtu.be/gazqRUohG8s). Regardless of the length and weight of the stick one likes to use, one has to practice distancing and timing with it, so the time gap between planting the lead foot and the impact of the stick’s end on the target is shorter than a blink of an eye. A double-end bag will help with that, like JJ advised.

  2. The shorter the stick the easier is that timing. I have both the full-length walking stick umbrella and the telescopic one. With the telescopic umbrella I can strike just like the guy on your Tools of Attack.

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