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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 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. 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.
For most of my time teaching and practicing martial arts I've been against the palm stick for self defense. Recently however after much testing and training 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 the three primary problems with most palm stick techniques:.
Most palm stick defenses you'll see taught begin with striking the arm of an incoming punch. A common version is pictured below:. You'll also see instructors teaching to strike the limbs when attacked with various grabs and chokes. Although it may hurt to get struck in the arm, there are two serious problems with this.
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. And second, the majority of the time there are more effective targets than the arm.
Additionally, striking the opponent's arm doesn't stop him from hitting you in the head with his other hand:. Zone Theory is primarily about minimizing risk, particularly the risk of catastrophic failure. All offensive and defensive techniques may fail to work exactly as planned, and that's ok.
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. Notice the difference between the two lines of attack below:. In the first image my angle of attack leaves me wide open for my opponent to strike me.
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. See the Covered Blast for much more on this topic. 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.
Sometimes you're better off striking with the palm stick and sometimes you're not. The determining question should be, "what is the most effective technique for the given position? Here are a couple of great examples of offensive and defensive techniques with the palm stick:. Note : Our 4 Step Matrix for contact weapons can also be used to train the palm stick vs. 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 choosing a palm stick to carry.
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 arts , it makes more sense to carry a tactical flashlight, which also gives you the ability to temporarily blind an attacker at night.
There are many places, including some countries and states, where palm sticks are illegal. However, flashlights are legal to carry everywhere, including on planes. 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 flashlight , the 6PX Tactical is far cheaper and still an excellent light for self defense. Both lights are extraordinarily bright 10 times as bright as a 2 D Cell Maglight , and easily capable of blinding an attacker with night adapted vision.
Below you can find more information on the use of flashlights for the purpose of "flash and bash":. 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 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 information , especially when you have the advantage of the tactical flashlight.
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Safety and self defense are important for everyone, though most people do not have the time or resources to learn extensive martial arts or go through firearms training. Those types of defensive options take years to learn how to perform and use properly. If you want to increase your safety, but have no interest in waiting that long, then you can use other means to assist you in keeping yourself, your family and your property safe. One thing you may consider is the yawara stick. This is a Japanese weapon that dates back centuries.
The yawara also called pasak or dulodulo in Filipino martial arts is a Japanese weapon used in various martial arts. The Yawara takes the form of one or two small, thick sticks that protrude about an inch from each side of the hand. They are usually used in pairs to initiate throws , bone breaks, and pressure point strikes. The yawara stick was popularized for police officers in the s by Frank A. Matsuyama who made his own version in or earlier. Yawarajutsu is a martial art focusing on use of the yawara.