Tell me what happened, what kind of stick you used and how heavy was that?Quickness and agility is more important when engaged in weapons sparring where you must move in, score and evade a counterstrike. For self defense, I'd personally sacrifice a little speed and agility for solid, knock-'em-down power. You don't want to smack somebody with a stick and do nothing other than really tick them off. Been there, done that, and it really sucked.
I know better not to use those 7/8" escrima sticks, they are only about 6oz, that's too light to have stopping power. Those are just good for doing fancy moves, twirling to show off. I have no interest in doing those. I basically practice only 4 strikes, 45deg slashing down from left and right, sweeping the feet left and right. That's it for the striking with a cane. I just practicing with footwork. Nothing fancy, just to the point.The footwork in the video of the stick fight I posted in post #78 is really amazing and they kept the striking so simple.