With the logic of some, they would have us walk naked because we are not highly trained in swinging a stick! I would rather go down trying than to be totally defenseless and not try at all! The facts are that "most" assailants look for the "easy" mark -- not one who might put up a fight! It's like telling someone to standby and allow yourself to be raped because your not skilled in fighting back!A healthy sense of my own limitations is why I'm interested in the stick in the first place. Even assuming someone got the stick away from me: in my case, the stick would have served its purpose, because while he's trying to figure out what to do with it, I'm drawing my revolver on a now-for-sure armed man who's launched a violent attack on me.Unless you are proficient and work out with the stick, the odds are that someone will take it away from you and reintroduce it to you elsewhere!I'm fortunate enough not to really NEED a stick to get around. . . but I'm 62, have a bad ankle, my eyesight isn't getting better, and I often walk my dog at light on potholed streets and uneven sidewalks, in an iffy neighborhood.
With this as background: what are your thoughts about a cane to use as a mobility aid with possible self defense applications? I'm thinking about woods, weight, types and shapes of handles, etc.
If you are not physically healthy enough to swing practice, hard, to be able to maintain your grip...
A false sense of security is more dangerous than a healthy sense of your own limitations.
Ever hear of the Zap cane?
Aluminum, with bright flashlight in the handle (a weapon in itself in confronted at night... blinding him for long enough to exit stage right!
And a billion volts from the prods at the bottom, if the light doesn't do it, the voltage will!
You would still have to become familiar with it and with your limitations! That is wisdom.
And still a young buck might feed it back to you.
Perhaps Faith will stand you better than other options?
I'll have to check out that Zap cane you mention.