06 March 2017
Stick vs Knife
Here are my thoughts-
I am only going to talk about "stick". While training with Nick Hughes, I first became aware that all other things being equal, a man with a stick has a distinct advantage over a knife, if he realizes it. Most won't and will be overwhelmed by the sight of the blade.
Edged weapons seek bone, and impact weapons seek flesh. Regardless of whatever offensive prowess one may believe they have achieved in a clinical training environment, once pushed back or back peddling the arms come out to the side for balance. This primal response will override your "knife fighting" skills and you will swing wildly attempting to stay on your feet and hit whatever part of your attacker you can. You will be flailing outside of your silhouette as well as your attacker's
From the outside in, there are anatomically more opportunities to strike bones such as the head, clavicle, elbow, wrist and fingers, knees, shins, and ankles. The same area slashed with a blade will have little immediate effect, that is what spawned Inverted Edge Tactics. During the folder into the fight drill, trained "knife fighters" once moving backwards during their defense did not stab as they said they had been trained to do. They slashed and the vast majority of cuts were across my chest and upper arms. These areas are covered with muscle by design. The body is well protected from the outside against laceration of vital targets. We don't use the stick against the muscles or hope to hit nerves. We hit the areas at the outside junctions where the bones are exposed. We use the blade on the inside. This requires you to get into the inside of your attacker fast.
Always a fan of the expandable baton for work, but I am not a cop anymore. Now it is a walking stick next to my car seat, and a tennis racket and ball on the passenger side floor board that I use to play with my dog. Can you imagine getting hit in the face with a tennis racket? How about the side of it across your face? Some rambling thoughts. Just my $.02.