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.