Looks like an extract from a self-defense manual? One on self-defense against a pistol with intention of firing? Certainly passable as one, with elements of surprise (swordstick being a concealed weapon), of deceiving move ("hand shaking"), and of disarming strategy ("blood pouring from his forehead will block his vision").
No, this is not from a book of self-defense, but from a page from Umberto Eco's new best-seller The Prague Cemetery, a non-fiction on political intrigue in Western Europe around the years of the Paris Commune. A story of a non-James Bond type spy and double-spy, bending more towards the humorous side of life than one would have expected from a (usually serious) professor of the classics in an esteemed University in Italy. And yet with elements of street-smart.
Some of you readers might perhaps ask how realistic is the scenario depicted in Eco's historical novel. But then how realistic are the techniques against weapon attack of various self-defense courses currently in the market of martial arts teaching, as seen on Youtube? Even the greatest Bruce Lee was said to have carried a hidden blade in his belt for self defense, and rumored had it he used it to counter-threat a "big boss" which led the latter to call the police. Of course, the best strategy is not to meddle with the under-world, or not to become a spy, a double-spy, or anything like that, which fortunately, as I speculate, most if not all my readers would agree ....:):)
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