Real Life Combat: Baseball Bat vs. Bolt Cutters
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A “deranged driver” (in the audio’s words) hijacks a dump truck and runs through red lights, evades and then tries to run over police, goes up onto the curb, etc., for 45 minutes.
Finally the dump truck is clipped as he runs through a red light, and the truck tumbles. The psycho bolts from the truck and makes a run for it. When the fugitive is confronted by a citizen, Doug, he pulls a pair of bolt cutters from under his shirt.
Fortunately, Doug is also armed with a baseball bat. Doug starts dishing out punishment to the psycho, who backpedals and dodges many of the blows.
1. At 1:50 Doug starts swinging. Note that he is swinging one-handed, The psycho steps back, but what if he lunches forward on the offbeat? A 2-handed grip would help retain the weapon, and also help retrieve it. After a swing misses, a 2-handed grip “closes off” the body to prevent someone from closing and grappling (tackling).
2. Note that Doug never blocks the bolt cutters. The psycho is on the defensive, and he is so busy evading Doug’s strikes that he cannot launch any strikes of his own.
3. The fight comes to a clinch. Doug is in what I call “carry grip,” with the right hand halfway up the bat. In a clinch this enables Doug to land telling blows with the heavy end of the bat.