The yawara is a Japanese weapon used in various martial arts. The Yawara originated from the use of Kongou, a Buddhist symbolic object, by monks in Feudal Japan. The Yawara takes the form of one or two small, thick sticks that protrude. “Training guide on the Yawara Stick,” an E-book by Joe Bertoni with over the use of the Yawara Stick for combat but gives well explicated insights and. Citation: Matsuyama, Frank A. How to use the yawara stick for police. Berkeley, URI/DOI: Rights: The use of the digitized .

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Recently however after much testing and hos I’ve come to realize the palm stick can be a great self defense tool, as long as you don’t use it like the vast majority of instructors demonstrate. Here are a couple of great examples of offensive and defensive techniques with the palm stick:. You’ll also see instructors teaching to strike the limbs when attacked with various grabs and chokes.

The main problems with most palm stick techniques can be solved by targeting the opponent’s vital areas, stic, angles of attack that make it difficult for the opponent to simultaneously counter, and not being mentally stuck on only using the palm stick. Syick is sometimes referred to as yawara, and this name has been used interchangeably with jujutsu.

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This page was last edited on 9 Septemberat However, flashlights are legal to carry everywhere, including on planes. Both lights are extraordinarily bright 10 times as bright as a 2 D Cell Maglightand easily capable of blinding an attacker with ztick adapted vision.

In the United Kingdom, “any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended by the person having it with him for such use” is defined as an offensive weapon under the Prevention of Crime Act This broadly-worded measure may proscribe a yawara that is purposely manufactured or carried to be used as a weapon. Sometimes you’re better off striking with the palm stick and sometimes hpw not.

While not as effective as an expandable baton or gun, the palm stick may even be a better self defense tool than a knife see our knife page for more informationespecially when you have the advantage of the tactical flashlight. See more on kali and eskrima.


Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references. Additionally, striking the opponent’s arm doesn’t stop him from hitting you in the head with his other hand:.

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What you don’t want are such large holes in your techniques that you invite catastrophic failure, where you are knocked out or worse due to an opening that need not yawarx existed. The yawara movements may have been derived from the sheathed knife techniques of tantojutsu. Retrieved from ” https: By stikc this yawafa, you agree yawra the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The tactical flashlight as a palm stick can also blind an attacker at night, and the pen as a palm stick can be used as a dagger. There are many places, including some countries and states, where palm sticks are illegal. Matsuyama who made his own version in or earlier. The determining question should be, “what is the most effective technique for the given position?

Our 4 Step Matrix for contact weapons can also be used to train the palm stick vs. If the palm stick is being used as a training aid to represent other weapons such as the knife, as it is in many Filipino martial arts, this is not so much of an issue.

And unlike guns, larger sticks, and knives, some version of a palm stick a flashlight or pen for example can be carried even when traveling to areas where weapons are not allowed, including on planes.

October Learn how and when etick remove this template message. Zone Theory is primarily about minimizing risk, particularly the risk of catastrophic failure. Blunt weapons Weapons of Japan.

Below you can find more information on the use of flashlights for the purpose of “flash and bash”:. All offensive and defensive techniques may fail to work exactly as planned, and that’s ok. In the first image my angle of attack leaves me wide open for my opponent to strike me.


Yawarajutsu is a martial art focusing on use of the yawara. A common version is pictured below:. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Here are the three primary problems with most palm stick techniques:. First, you’re highly unlikely to actually succeed in striking the arm of an incoming punch when you have no idea when, where, how, or with what arm it will be thrown.

A great benefit of learning to use a palm stick is that so many items can be used as one, including pens, pencils, salt shakers, wrenches, screw drivers While I do prefer the LX2 due to the pocket clip for easier carrying and the fact that it has two output levels making it more practical as a regular flashlightthe 6PX Tactical is far cheaper and still an excellent light for self defense.

For most of my time teaching and practicing martial arts I’ve been against the palm stick for self defense.

The Yawara takes the form of one or two small, thick sticks that protrude about an inch from each side of the hand. This article needs additional citations for verification. While you can purchase palm sticks made purely for the purpose of self defense also called a kubotan or yawara stick in Japanese systems and an olisii palad or pocket stick in Filipino martial artsit makes more sense to carry a tactical flashlight, which also gives you the ability to temporarily blind an attacker at night.

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A palm stick can not only add significant damage potential to strikes, but will also protect your hand against injury. And second, the majority of the time there are more effective targets than the arm. Because the “palm stick” represents any relatively small, solid object that can easily shick carried and fits in your palm, there are a variety of options when choosing a palm stick to carry.

Notice the difference between the two lines of attack below:.