Jujutsu stick


Traditionally, jujutsu did not represent a category of purely empty handed combat, but rather included fighting with small arms that were not the subject of independent classification.  The jujutsu stick (or yawara stick) was such a weapon.  The material that it is made from, the size and shape can vary considerably.  Generally, it is approximately 20 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter.  There are many modern variations of this traditional weapon.

There are a number of items that can act as adequate substitutes such as small flashlights and the larger variety of pens.  A common modern variation is the kubotan with a key ring attached to act as a key chain, giving it a practical everyday use and yet preserving its capability as a weapon.

The additional options that the jujutsu stick offers to a self defence situation are limited.  What it does do is enhance the application of the usual (and otherwise) unarmed techniques.  The advantage of course is that striking, pressure and blocking are more effective as the strike, pressure or block is delivered with a hard object.  In this context, the term "pressure" refers to the application of pressure to bones, ligaments and pressure points that can be more effective with a hard object, rather than parts of the body.

The result is that all of the elements of the unarmed methods are employed with the slight modifications necessary to take advantage of the weapon and minimize the disadvantages.

As with most weapons, it is first necessary to gain the skills of unarmed self defence and then build upon this foundation by adding the use of weapons to it.  The jujutsu stick does not have an independent life, producing a set of techniques in its own right.  It's only purpose is to serve as an adjunct to the unarmed methods and its use is built upon that foundation.