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KI CHUAN DO NEWS & TRAINING TIPS #21:
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ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS...

Tony M. asks:

Although I have read and heard that a person with a
knife is lethal in close quarters, wouldn't a person with a baton
be able to easily defeat such an attack, provided of course the person with the blade doesn't get the jump on him? I'm asking
this because I favor the baton (telescopic) for personal
protection.

JOHN PERKINS ANSWERS:

The answer to your question is not simple. Much of the answer depends upon the level of training you have with the baton and the level of ability and/or luck the knife wielder has.

For instance: In the Yonkers N.Y. Police Dept. many of the officers are trained with
the collapsable steel baton. On all too many occasions attackers were struck many times with the batons and they were not subdued. Even with some fractured skulls involved.

You may be skilled enough to strike a knife wielder on the hand or wrist and cause them to let go of the knife before they can stab or slash with it. If the assailant is drugged or heavily adrenalized he may not succumb to the pain of the strike and continue to slash or stab with the knife.

Often in the cases where sticks, clubs or bats were used against knives the knives
usually won because the knifer can often withstand a strike to their covering hand/arm while the knife can then be thrust into the club wielder.

Again if you are well skilled with a stick or baton you may be able to fend off the
knife attacker if you are not taken by surprise. It is kind of like the porpoise vs. the
shark. Flipper, the hero, pokes the shark with his dull beak. Flipper is shown to be very skilled and faster than the shark. The problem arises when the shark strikes and only needs one bite to vanquish Flipper. If you are very skilled in parrying and thrusting with a blunt instrument where you can cause enough damage to keep away the potentially more dangerous weapon then you may have some chance.

Having a baton is probably better than not having one in an altercation with a bladed weapon but the blade is basically easier to use to cause lethal damage.

The kinfe does not need speed to be effective. You can just accidentally walk or fall
onto the blade and be injured. The slash can be effective against most of the human body. The same for the stab.

A knife generally has no quick stopping power but can be lethal. If you carry a knife
for self defense you must train with it but it in most cases takes less training to be
effective than a light baton or stick.

A heavy stick or baton is less wieldy than a knife but if you strike the head or neck
of an individual properly it can be lethal.

The bottom line is this. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to defend against
a sneak attack and if the knifer announces his intentions you should retreat if possible. If not and you feel particularly attracted to the baton and the baton is not illegal to carry like in New York State and you have confidence in it then after consulting legal council about carrying a weapon for self defense and you feel it is ok then you might do so.

I must often walk with a cane when my knee injury acts up and I have many years of training with the cane. I know that if I miss with my cane against a serious quick
adversary equipped with a sharp blade I could be in a bad situation fast. I have subdued some knife wielders as a police officer with my heavy baton in the past and have been lucky. I have seen the aftermath of blades against sticks and bats and more often the knife was the  winner.

Thank you for your interest, JP

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