When it comes to self defence, there are only two things that you want to focus on: Not getting hurt and getting away to safety as quickly as possible. With those ends in mind, it is essential that you are able to avoid injury when you are first attacked and are able to leave the scene without fear of being chased.
Violence is rare but not rare enough to discount it and in the rare event of you being attacked the consequences can be very serious, even fatal. We cannot spend hours every day training to a soldier’s level of fitness and skill. This is giving in to fear and who has the time to train for such an unlikely event?
So how are we to be prepared when the unexpected happens? To be able to act at a moments notice without the training required for martial arts or skill with weapons?
The solution is the telescopic baton. Small enough to conceal in a purse, bag, pocket or belt holster and to be quickly drawn and deployed. Unlike Mace/Pepper spray there is no need to fiddle around with it and ensure it is pointing in the right direction before use. When time is really of the essence you don’t have time to mess around and one flick of the wrist is all it takes to extend the baton to its full length.
Made of steel with a rubber grip, it’s strong and durable. It can be thrown around in a purse or bag without concern that it will be functional when it is needed.
The Baton in action
With most personal self defence devices timing is critical. You have one opportunity to use it before the chance is lost. With Mace, Pepper spray and stun guns you have to rely on the element of surprise and if you reveal what you have too soon then the assailant has a chance to counter it. Leave it too late, however, and the your attacker is already on you before you can stop them.
The baton has the benefit of being able to be used both as a deterrent and as an offensive weapon. Facing a target armed with an extended baton is enough to give any attacker pause and consider finding someone else to bother. If they persist, then it can be used to fend off the attacker and keep them at a distance while waiting for help to arrive.
To achieve our two goals above, the baton can be used to both disarm an attacker and disable them so that you can make your escape. It is natural for us to use our hands to fend off attacks with knives or clubs. With a minimum of practice, it is easy for anyone to use a baton to knock knives from attackers hands or block attacks with club like weapons. Using the baton also keeps you from being cut or hit in the process as you would likely be if using your bare hands.
While knocking a knife from the hand of am attack sounds difficult and prone to problems, it’s not as difficult as it sounds. A strike anywhere on the attackers arm is enough to stop the attack. If it is hard enough, then the shock could be enough to cause them to drop the weapon and potentially break bones and disable them in one move.
Disable and head for safety
The baton can be used to poke or strike at the solar plexus or throat to induce breathing problems in your attacker. Strikes to the sides of the knees or the groin are also able to prevent the attacker from being able to chase you. Strikes to the head should be avoided as your intention is to escape and survive and not seriously maim or kill. Also, humans naturally try to defend their head (and eyes especially) so there is greater risk of an attacker blocking your strike and pulling the baton from your grip if you try to attack the head.
The telescopic baton is lightweight, simple to use and doesn’t require refilling or charging to be of use when you need it most. Its use is natural and instinctive and suitable for use against one or more attackers. Furthermore, it is unaffected by the weather or the types of clothing your attacker is wearing or if they wear glasses.