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Defend Yourself With Your Walking Stick

Why? I don�t need to answer that. You already know � to Survive!

But why a walking stick? If you�re a big tough guy, 4th Dan Black Belt in karate or other martial art, you don�t (really) need a walking stick to defend yourself. Unless your big interest is in fact stick fighting, sutekki-shin-jutsu. When you would always carry one, as I do, for the fun (and the Hell!) of it. I�m never without my Stick and my Dog. (What about my wife?)

But what if you are a young athletic cyclist or road runner? This is a bit more (much more!) difficult. Obviously you can�t lug a walking stick around. A kara-tetsu, now that�s different, sensible and practical. So a stick is not for you, m�Love. My advice here is breathe more oxygen, hold on to your karatetsu and run even faster. Make sure you can outpace that mugger.

Now you football kickers, rugby smash-downers, tennis hitters, here�s your chance to walk through a park without fear! Without trembling as you walk past those bushes. (Am I exaggerating? Of course I am!). I KNOW you don�t need a walking stick to defend yourselves. You could just spit and knock a mugger over. We all know that.

But � a weapon in your hand is better than Willie in your �

Muggers, robbers and drunken yobs are everywhere. No matter how good, tough and quick you are, there�s always some-one (or some-many) better. If you are of a some-what martial nature, a stick is both fun and utilitarian. My feeling is that a whack! on a nose can solve many arguments.

But now we come to legal issues. You must have a watertight excuse for carrying that stick. You can�t tell the Police �I just happened to have it with me and when that b-----d looked at me I felt mentally injured, so I chased after him and changed his mind-set for him� Not Allowed! Jail! If you run away � Good Boy! If you chase him, you are participating in a FIGHT � Bad Boy!

(I�m not saying that I myself necessarily agree with that. But that is most certainly the legal view.)

SO � you must have a valid legal justification for having a stout stick on board. And you have! You are most definitely a keen athletic (big tough!) sportsman. �At training yesterday, M�Lud, I fell over and strained my ankle. God it hurt! So I just HAD to use a stick to help me get about�. Don�t for heaven�s sake say to the magistrate that it helped you sit down and drink nine pints in the Pub! Looks bad.

Seriously, make sure you have a valid excuse for bringing that stick along with you. Like a sporting injury � to your FOOT, not your brains!

If you are a more middle-aged �sportsman� - draughts, TV, sun bathing on the beach type � again make sure you have a valid legally-sound reason for having a walking stick with you. Of course, you�re much safer legally than the youngsters, but you must still be absolutely secure. If you intend (sensibly) to carry a walking stick as a self defence weapon, have some kind of medically verifiable health excuse. Like a previous heart attack? No, not to that extreme � unless of course it happens to be true. You need some minor leg, knee or ankle injury. NOT a headache!

How do you get one? Easy, you buy it. You buy a documented entry in your medical notes. But how? Go along to the Club Physiotherapist (free and friendly) or to a private physio (not free, but as you could be a future customer, very friendly and very sympathetic!) and say that you hurt your (leg, knee, foot) last month and it�s still bothering you. What advice could he give?

You want him (for your �20) to slap on some gunge, give it a ten-minute massage and �see how it goes�. At which point you ask him �Would a walking stick help?� He will say �Yes�. If he doesn�t, press the issue to get him to agree. This is important. This is your future legal survival.

Now, if ever you belt a mugger on the nose, you have a valid verifiable reason for carrying your walking stick, and the Police could not �do you� for using an offensive weapon, nor could the (swollen nose�d) mugger sue you for punitive damages.

PS If you do indeed need to use a walking stick to help you get about, use it in the hand opposite to your bad leg. Injured left foot � stick in the right hand.

Submitted by:

John Roberts-James

John Roberts-James is a Black Belt 4th Dan, Senior Coach and author of "Sutekki-shin-jutsu: Modern Walking Stick Techniques" and "Karatetsu-jutsu". He directs the Alternative Therapy Clinic in Darlington and ALWAYS carries a walking stick. http://www.personalprotectionpublications.co.uk


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