Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Pocket Stick

Mushin Ryu Yawara

Here is an example of one of the best legal pocket weapons available, and this is a very nice if not a bit stylish presentation.
The techniques are based on Jujitsu (old school) and when the pocket stick is used it called "Yawara". Here is a piece of the Wikipedia description of Yawara:

(Wiki) "The yawara stick was popularized for police officers in the 1940s by Professor Frank A. Matsuyama.
Yawara is a system of martial arts, and was used interchangeably with Jujutsu. When looking at the kanji for Yawara and Jujutsu, you will find the similarities. The yawari, tessen (iron fan), or short stick is what is used to apply your Yawara or Jujutsu techniques. Origins of the Yawara movements were believed to have been derived from the sheathed knife techniques of tantojutsu."

My review of the book "Stick Fighting" by Dr. Hatsumi, which features similar pocket stick techniques is available HERE.
Note that careful attention is paid to nerve strikes with this small but potentially deadly weapon. A mere strike to a shoulder, arm or chest would not be as effective.

And here is my choice for the best, legal concealed pocket weapon- the lowly carpenters pencil. Don't even sharpen them, it just puts holes in your pocket. These big, squarish pencils are longer than the palm of a man's hand, are very durable and hard to break. You should be able to carry these things anywhere without question, and as you see, they can be used very effectively.


Nathan Teodoro said...

That's hilarious! I was getting ready to post on that! I have a draft up. Anyway, I'm going to link back when I do post. - Nathan

Dojo Rat said...

Ah, great minds think alike.
Pat from Mokuren and I have been on a Vulcan Mind-Meld lately also...

Wim Demeere said...

Hi Dojo Rat,

I've enjoyed your blog for a while now. Figured it was time to reply instead of lurk. :-)

Note that careful attention is paid to nerve strikes with this small but potentially deadly weapon. A mere strike to a shoulder, arm or chest would not be as effective.

When i was a bit younger I trained a little with pocket sticks. Personally I didn't feel all that comfortable with the joint locking and grappling techniques involved. Instead I focused on striking with boxing techniques while holding the sticks. It works well as a fistload but when the bottom of the fist had the stick exposed, it was even more fun. Lots of back hands and (reverse) hammer fists. My training partner's seemed to be in a lot of pain regardless if I hit them on a nerve point or on the shoulder or chest. When they returned the favor, it all hurt really bad for me too.
Then again, I bruise easily so who knows... :-)


Dojo Rat said...

Greetings Wim;
I think with a really wired, upset attacker, the nerve strikes would be more effective, but I see your point (pun intended) that they hurt like crazy no matter what. I really like the way the woman moves and the confidence and competence she displays.
Thanks for checking in!

Wim Demeere said...

Yes, she does move nicely. Ir's a nice clip. No posturing or anything like that, just calmly showing the applications. Good stuff.

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