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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It is sometimes referred to as yawara, and this name has been used interchangeably with jujutsu. And second, the majority of the time there are more effective targets yawaga the arm. The determining question should be, “what is the most effective technique for the given position? 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.

See more on kali and eskrima. A common version is pictured below:.

Matsuyama who made his own version in or earlier. All offensive and defensive techniques may fail to work exactly as planned, and that’s ok. The yawara stick was popularized for police officers in the s by Frank A. First, you’re uuse 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 now thrown. The main problems with most palm stick techniques can be solved by targeting the opponent’s vital areas, using angles of attack that make it difficult for the opponent to simultaneously counter, and not being mentally stuck on only using the palm stick.

However, flashlights are legal to carry everywhere, including on planes.

Palm Stick

Sometimes you’re better off striking with the palm stick and sometimes you’re not. Views Read Edit View history.


Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This broadly-worded measure may proscribe a yawara that is purposely manufactured or carried to be used as a weapon. 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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They are usually used in pairs to initiate throwsbone breaks, and pressure point strikes. A palm stick can not only add significant damage potential to strikes, but will also protect your hand against injury. Although it may hurt to get struck in the arm, there are two serious problems with this.

October Learn how and when to remove this template message. Notice the difference between the two lines of attack below:. Below you can find more information on the use of flashlights for the purpose of “flash and bash”:.

By using this site, you agree yawarra the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Most palm stick defenses you’ll see taught begin with striking the arm of an incoming punch.

Yawarajutsu is a martial art focusing on use of the yawara. From Wikipedia, the sticl encyclopedia. In the second the combination of footwork, angle of attack, and head position makes it nearly impossible for him to strike me as I attack. In the first image my angle of attack leaves me wide open for my opponent to strike me.

There are many places, including some countries and states, where palm sticks are illegal. Because the “palm stick” represents any relatively small, solid object that can easily be carried and fits in your palm, there are a variety of options when ho a palm stick to carry.

Palm Stick for Self Defense

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. Hse yawara movements may have been derived from the sheathed knife techniques of tantojutsu. Recently however after much testing and training I’ve come to realize the palm stick yasara be a great self defense tool, as long as you don’t use it like the vast majority of instructors demonstrate.


Our 4 Step Matrix for contact weapons can also be used to train the palm stick vs. Additionally, striking the opponent’s arm us stop him from hitting you in uawara head with his other hand:. 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 yawarz not so much of an issue. 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.

Blunt weapons Weapons of Japan. 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. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

The Yawara takes the form of one or two small, thick sticks that protrude about an inch from each side of the hand. In the United States, yawaras are not intrinsically illegal in any jurisdiction. Zone Theory is primarily about minimizing risk, particularly the risk of catastrophic failure.

Retrieved from ” https: 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 have existed.

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