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Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Self-defence with a Walking-stick

This reprint of a classic 1901 self-defense article, "Self-defence with a Walking-Stick," is from The Journal of Non-Lethal Combatives, however the part about severing a man's jugular vein sounds sort of lethal.

In the art of self-defence with a walking-stick, the stick is held in the hand with the thumb overlapping the fingers, and not, as in single-stick or sword-play, with the thumb resting on the blade. The stick is therefore manipulated with the wrist -- and not with the fingers as in sword-play -- and the blows are given by swinging the body on the hips -- and not merely by flips from the elbow. In this way blows can be made so formidable that with an ordinary malacca cane it is possible to sever a man's jugular vein through the collar of his overcoat.

Self-defence with a Walking-stick: The Different Methods of Defending Oneself with a Walking-Stick or Umbrella when Attacked under Unequal Conditions (PartI)
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