Interesting comparison of knife attacks. My summary of the article is sometimes stabbing is better and sometimes slashing is better, and most of us thankfully will never have to actually find out first hand.
Sticks and How to Attack with Them
My instructors always remind us to be good attackers as that's the only way that your partner will learn. I'm guilty of occasionally pulling my punches on my partners in the interest of not injuring them, but I'm trying to be more aggressive while still demonstrating good control. Plus, in the world of self-defense fighting, training in how to be a bad guy is as helpful as the training to be a good guy. This article about how to attack with a stick is good stuff if you're trying to learn how to defend well against it. Hopefully you don't run into someone who knows how to do this, but the mechanics are very helpful to understand. Plus there's a cool video of pistons in there too.
What's Your Easy to Exploit Weakness?
Your hair, footwear, jewelry or your man-bag? This piece is helpful in thinking it through.
Verbal Skills in Your Toolkit
"In personal and home-defense situations, verbal skills can be important. But don’t assume yelling forceful commands is always the answer. Sometimes it’s better to speak softly or not at all. It’s up to you to gauge the situation and respond appropriately. You’ve got to think before you speak."