The tongat is a medium length stick approximating the size of a Japanese jo of approximately 120 cm.  The main difference is that the Japanese method emphasizes the sliding of the hands to maximize the reach of the weapon; the tongat tends to use the stick with fixed hand positions.  A consequence of this is that the tongat method lends itself to adaption of any stick or similar object as a weapon without it necessarily being fashioned with that purpose in mind.

Another consequence of using the tongat with relatively fixed hand positions is that it develops upon the structure of the use of a single short or baton (gada) stick very easily.  The contrast in approach to the use of the weapon (compared to Japanese methods) once again demonstrates that there is always more than one way to approach things and it is necessary to keep an open mind.