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Top Self-Defense techniques from stick attack: In Israeli Krav-Maga, the first article

Updated: Jun 16, 2022

In this article, we will go over what are the strategies against stick attacks? What are common assault ranges? What is the timing of an attack against a stick in Israeli Krav-Maga? What are the tactics against a stick attack in Israeli Krav-Maga? What does Krav-Maga training equipment include? What is the importance of personal protective equipment in Krav-Maga? With what equipment should you practice Krav-Maga at home? What is the importance of cardiopulmonary endurance in Krav-Maga training?

The concepts presented here are for illustrative purposes only. Before attempting any technique discussed or presented in this article, seek professional training from a reputable instructor.

What are the strategies against stick attacks?

Protections against stick attack from above
Protections against stick attack from above

In stick defense techniques, one of the most common techniques in Israeli Krav-Maga is keeping distance, and at the most appropriate time performing a quick, agile, and powerful attack. But not to be confused friends, a battle against a man armed with a stick is completely different both strategically and tactically from conducting a battle from any other battle. That is, the techniques that work in the battle against an unarmed person, or armed with a knife, do not exactly work when it comes to attacking the stick. That is, both on the issue of protection against a stick and on the issue of attack against it. When strategically, the main goal is to keep a distance that the attacker will not be able to hit you with the stick. That is, great importance is attached to the footwork in the initial stage when the attacker was identified with his intention to hit you with the stick. Footwork dynamics are of paramount importance similar to scenarios against knife protections, see our previous article (Footwork Dynamics for Self-Defense: Motion while knife attacks in Krav-Maga). When there is a substantial difference, the stick is longer than the knife, and the risk areas are at the edges of the stick.

What are common assault ranges?

Scenario A - The end of the stick, on the opposite side of the holding hand, is dangerous. During a blow with a strong swing, the kinetic energy is maximal at the tip of the stick. As a result, the damage it causes is fatal. That is, can break bones of the hand, foot, and head. This is a severe injury to human motor functions. If it hits the head, immediate death is possible.

Scenario B - the end at the beginning of the stick, at the beginning of the holding hand, i.e. near to the little finger. And in this case, we are discussing a short-range (zero) assault scenario. I.e. using the back of the stick. When this blow is no less fatal than a blow in scenario A.

What is the timing of an attack against a stick in Israeli Krav-Maga?

Appropriate timely counter-defense against a stick
Appropriate timely counter-defense against a stick

The issue of timing against stick attacks has paramount importance in Israeli Krav-Maga. When the victim decides to attack the attacker back, he must do so instinctively. What does that mean? The victim who is not educated in such scenarios does not always feel the real danger from the stick, i.e. he does not exactly understand that a stick blow can be fatal for him. Also, he does not exactly know how to defend himself. For the sake of illustration let us assume that the attacker with all his strength, agility, and power performs a stick blow from top to bottom towards your head. I mean, what would you do in that case? If in that case, your brain raises such a question, rest assured the stick has hit your head. That is, there is no time for thought! The response must be an animal instinct. So what does this mean? Suppose the victim raises his hand to defend himself, it is our natural instinct ... Has he achieved a goal of self-defense? Most likely not. First of all his hand was injured even broken, and the second blow will achieve its purpose and hit the head because the defensive motor skills of the hand are no longer working! So let's see how Israeli Krav-Maga solves the problem of attack from above with the stick.