Basics of Short Baton

Shamuel B. Kohen

Basics of Short Baton First edition manual copyright © 2006 Haganah Security International Amanuut Krav Maga Written and composed by Shamuel B.) ISBN-10: 952-92-0711-5 (sid. 2006 Finland . No part of this manual may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means.) ISBN-13: 978-952-92-0712-1 (PDF) ISBN-10: 952-92-0712-3 (PDF) Printer Printed in Cityoffset Oy. Tampere. without the written permission from the author. electronic or mechanical. Kohen CSO CTO Haganah Security International Finland All rights reserved. If you violate the copyright legal action will be taken against you and/or your organization. Publisher Shamuel B. Kohen ISBN-13: 978-952-92-0711-4 (sid.

…………... 7 Practice tools and safety Safety ……………………. 29 The rear neck hold …………………..… 22 Defense against standing grappling Throat grab against a wall …………..………………………...…………………………. 16 Strikes Forehand strike ………. 12 Natural stance ………………………………………. 5 Purpose ……………………………………………... 11 Stances and foot work Positioning ……………………………………….……. 18 Backhand jab …………..………………………………………….……….…….……………….….…..Contents Introduction ………..….………………….….….………………………………. 24 Front body hold over the arms……………………………………………… 26 Front body hold under the arms ……………. 18 Backhand strike …….……………………….………………………………………………………….. 15 Stepping to the right and to the left ……………………………………... 11 Chain method …………………………………………………….……………………….………… 15 Backwards …………………………………………………………………….………………. 28 Head lock ……………………………………………………………………….……………….……………………….….… 9 Holding the short baton Point down method …………..………………………………..……………………………..……. 14 Boxing stance …………………………………. 19 Body part targets Effectively utilizing body parts as targets ……………………………..….……………………….……………………………………… 32 .. 19 Thrusting jab ……………………………………………………………... 13 Reception/analytical stance …………………….………………………….……………………. 11 Thrust point ………………………………………………………………….……………...…… 27 Rear hold over the arms ………………….……...……..………………….…….………. 14 Forwards …………..……. 13 Ready stance …………………………………...……………….………………………….…………………………..

…………….…………………….……………………... Over head strike ………………………….……………………………… Bear hug ……………………………….. 60 The street fighters head lock on the ground ………………………………...………………………………………. Basic side block …………………….…….………………..……………………………… 41 Defense against a kick ………………….…………………………………………………….“Stop hits” Defense against empty handed attacks …………….………………………………… 49 Slash towards the face …………………..………………………………………………....………………………………………. 38 Defense against punches ....…………………………………………………..…………………………………. 39 Push against the breast bone ……………..…………………………………… 42 Defense against a stick The ranges ……………. Rear grab ……………………………………………………………………. 34 Opposite hand wrist grab ………………………....…………………………………… 50 Slash towards the stomach ………………………………………………… 51 Defense against take downs Street fighter head lock ……………………. 41 Defense against a punch …………………. 54 55 56 57 Defense on the ground Defense against a mounted position ……………………………………….…… Hip tackle …………………….. 37 Double arm wrist grab …….. 62 Closing comments About the author ...…………………………… 36 Two handed wrist grab ……………………………….Shoulder grab ………………………..………………………………. Low backhand strike ….……………………………………………………… 44 45 46 46 Defense against knife Stab to the stomach ………………………..……………………….………………... 40 Defense against a grab …….

. police and security professionals. it doesn’t take much thinking to figure out how to make this tool lethal. and is called paranoid schizophrenic. In this manual we will cover the non lethal target areas of the body. If the person chooses to use this defensive tool in a non legal and offensive manner. The short baton is called by many names such as: Yawara. As with any defensive non lethal self defense tool. but you are not walking around with the long baton or firearm in your hand. We simply call it short baton. I have found in the course of teaching that the basics are very much neglected. Mastering the basics should be the goal of all serious students of self defense. In our training we use the idea of pressure testing and defending from a non fighting mode situation. pocket stick or the mini-mag light as well as any other fancy name one chooses for this tool. Many people in every day situations do not walk around as though they are ready to fight the guy just passing you. I am not addressing that group. as well as other professionals that have used the short baton as a defensive tool. and my hope is that the student that chooses to use the short baton not only masters the basic hand techniques. These techniques come from my own experiences using this self defense tool. Kubota. in the hands of the non-trained person the short baton can be turned into a lethal weapon. That type of person is in a state of mental illness. judo stick. it will help promote the proper use of this non lethal defensive tool for civilians. What you will find in this first volume. You will not find combination techniques in this volume. Nor is the security person doing his/her duty in a frame of mind that every person they come into contact with is ready to beat them down. This helps build techniques that can be used from most any posture and builds body language awareness. or as others may call it Kubota. then that person must take the responsibility to answer for those actions when brought before a court of law. is the basic idea and concepts of using the short baton in combination with proper foot work and body movement. This means that as you are going about your daily business and are in a level of alertness that comes from thinking safety and security. The techniques found in this book are built from a “non combat readiness”. but also the foot work. yawara or pocket stick.Introduction This manual has been written for the training and use of the short baton. This manual is one out of three manuals for the use of the short baton.

The idea here is to teach the civilians as well as the protective professional on the basic combinations of this most useful self defense tool. The reader is advised to use the amount of force necessary to stop the attacker and to keep you from harm and possible death. Like any defensive tool the short baton can also be used as a weapon of aggression by the criminally oriented individual.Purpose The purpose of this first manual is to teach the basics of the short baton in a defensive manner against the different ranges of combat you may find yourself in. The purpose of this book is not to get into the details and all the possible combinations of the short baton with the hand technique combinations. . The short baton has many designs including the most popular key chain style for street and work carry. It is not the purpose of this book to introduce the students to the more complex defensive combinations which we will leave for the next volume of this series. I would like to advise the reader that the techniques shown in this volume is how the short baton can be used as a striking defense tool as well as a pain compliance tool for defensive purposes. For the purpose of this book we will cover only the keychain style and the mini-mag style.

1. When using this technique against the forearm. The attacker chooses a rear neck hold that will set the defender slightly back and off balances. Make space for your wind pipe to breath by pulling the arm off of it downwards. 3. try not to hit and pound on the forearm but rather try to give a ripping and grinding motion. The choice of defense here is the forearm nerves. but it will produce the result needed. If it doesn’t then more extreme techniques can be used as you shall see in the following illustrations. giving the defender a little breathing room. you will keep in contact with the attacker so that you will know where he is for when you choose to do a follow up hit. By holding the arm of the attacker the defender can pull it away a little from the wind pipe. By doing a grinding motion. The defender bends the knees to lower the center of gravity and to keep the balance against a throw that the attacker may do. Try getting your chin in tight (against your chest) giving you a bit of a time to act. 2. Close your mouth and bite your teeth together and breathe through your teeth. 2. By closing your mouth and keeping your teeth together will tighten the muscles around your neck area giving you a little more time to act. Notice again that the defender is holding the choking arm of the attacker. This is not a very high use of force technique.The rear neck hold The rear neck hold is a very surprising hold that can be applied against you. Here are some basic rules you must know if you are attacked from the rear. 1. By grinding in deep and not striking the forearm. . the defender will give enough pain that the attacker will loosen the hold and the defender can escape.

. finding your self being grabbed from the rear neck hold. You can also follow up with another technique that will free you. 1. Make a little space between you and the attacker. 2. such as striking to the groin area and biting his forearm. You can also bite the forearm if you must to help free your neck from the gripping arm. then you can also reverse the follow up attack to the face area (Picture 2). You can use all 2 or 3 sets of combinations to secure your escape.Again. Bend your knees and lower your center of gravity to give you balance. 1. With the point of the baton you can strike to the face area to cause the attacker to let go or loosen his grip (Picture 1. 3. If you choose the groin area first as the target. 2.).

Circle around the outside of his hand with the short baton putting the point of the baton on top of the attackers’ wrist and press downwards. 2. You can either put the tip end of your baton over his wrist or on top of the wrist. 3. Drop your center of gravity 1.Opposite hand wrist grab In this set of techniques we will use the wrist lock with the help of the short baton. 3. Either way it will cause pain to the joint. Trap his hand on top of your hand so the attacker cannot let go. you trap the attackers hand to keep him from defending or striking you. . a bit by bending your knees to give your body strength and balance. 2. For the same reason as in the previous techniques. 1.

With a small circular motion you turn your wrist. you can apply a push with your free hand or a strike if the situation calls for it. 1.Two handed wrist grab The attacker applies a two handed wrist grab on your short baton holding hand. . 2. As his arms are tied up with your small circle motion you press the point end of the short baton into his wrist causing pain and releasing of the grip. If you must.

it is up to you to counter with a strike of your own if needed. The techniques that will be used are empty hands vs. Within Escrima the footwork is a very crucial element to the practitioners’ techniques. to either disarm or stop the continual attack. the mid range is the place that is the best preferable place to be if you can’t get out of the way. The purpose here is to strike the hand. If you have studied and practiced the foot work drills I have showed you in previous chapters. An important factor to remember against an attacker that is about to use a baton to assault you with is that if you’re in tight and close to him when he strikes. but the techniques I have used with success against blunt force objects. As with any defense against weapons you would look for distance. baton. you may be hit with the fist. I have studied the Filipino martial arts for most of my adult life and I have found it to be the best method for me to use against blunt force object. My purpose is not to teach Escrima here. As you will see in the following illustration. I choose to use Filipino Escrima techniques against baton attacks. but at times with not enough force to do damage to you. But if you’re right at that distance where the weapon has the impact point or in baseball they call it the “sweet spot” (this is the place where the stick has the best impact area to the target). it is up to you to use the simplest and most effective technique possible. then the strike will not be hard enough to hurt you badly. then this should not be very difficult for you to use at this stage of your learning. You can use all techniques in this book in a combination format. After the basic defensive techniques are done. If you find yourself too close.Defense against stick This chapter deals with defense against sticks/batons and other blunt force weapons. From the strikes in the previous chapters. he may not even reach you. If you’re far enough. I will introduce the reader to the basics of Escrima techniques in this book. . then you can be severely injured. But at times that is impossible to achieve.

e. Not much danger of the weapon. get distance. 3. Danger range: This is the contact point of the weapon. 4. Mid range: This is the area where you can attempt to do your techniques and counters. car. this is where you will most likely take the full blow of the stick and the hit will do the most damage. table or trash dumpster. 2. 1. But your counter should be fast enough for you to stop that. Out of range: This is the best place to be. i. . Close range: This is most likely grappling and trapping range. The most the weapon will do to you is push you. get an object between you and the attacker. There is a danger of being punched.The ranges Close range Mid range Sweet spot Danger! Out of range As you can see we have four ranges. but it will put you very close to hitting and being wrestled.

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