He was, literally, born to the teaching of unarmed fighting skills; both his parents were professional teachers of judo and jiu-jitsu and they began to train him when he was two years old. This book is not yet featured on Brruce. Potbol marked it as to-read Oct 11, To be generous, there are some valid applications here—maybe a handful—but the reader would be better served using more modern sources for a reference. He was supposedly booed at tournaments because of his books.
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A short but interesting look at the history of the forgotten Yawara Stick. Introduction Please forgive me for redundancy. People have passions. Websites tend to be about personal interests, this website is no exception. These Articles about various types of pocket sticks may seem repetitive to some people.
But this is part of my own personal interests when it comes to Martial Arts. The passion involved is not merely collecting pocket sticks of various types. The passion involved is giving everyone in an incredibly violent and litigious society something very simple that is far more effective on the street than the otherwise innocuous appearance of the pocket stick would suggest to the casual observer. They can be carried inconspicuously in almost any locale from downtown streets to a seemingly safe stretch of Sanibel Island real estate.
The passion is in the joy of researching various types of hand weapons and their development over the years And the passion is in the quiet confidence that although the pocket stick in its various incarnations may be banned, Yawara Sticks, Kubotans in some places , Koppo Sticks But there are so many things that can be pressed into service as an improvised pocket stick and the movements are so brutally effective and easy to learn that they can never totally "ban" the pocket stick unless they make Citizens write with Crayons.
Something that would crumble when used like a pocket stick. These are excellent Self-Defense Tools. The only way they can "ban" pocket sticks is to actually "ban" the Act of Self-defense outright. While I believe that some countries, Britain a screaming example, have in fact done everything possible except come right out and say, "Self-defense is now illegal and punishable by law," they have not taken that final step to legislate Martial Arts or Mini-Maglite Flashlights, etc.
Thank God. There is something called "Simultaneous Evolution. It might not have been called that, but the concept has been around for a long, long time. The credit, the innovation of Matsuyama, cannot be questioned, however. Tak Kubota invented the Kubotan, which was a new twist on an old concept. He deserves credit, as does Matsuyama, for bringing forth excellent tools, re-birthing old concepts and weapons, to help people and that is the important thing. Matsuyama and Kubota most certainly deserve credit for their modifications and developments.
Matsuyama proved the effectiveness of the whole concept of a pocket stick and Kubota streamlined the concept and made it an every day item for some. Matsuyama paved the way for Kubota. Much like the " Koppo Stick ," I did not "invent" it. I saw one in a book and decided to have a Custom Knifemaker produce them with modern, high-quality materials, Titanium. I popularized something very old but I did not "invent" it.
They are known as "Chizikunbo" in Okinawa, I never invented them, but to a certain group of people, I re-discovered and popularized them. Yawara Some people say that Jujutsu was referred to as "Yawara" hundreds of years ago in Japan. That is something for Martial Historians to debate, I merely place it here so everyone can get a glimpse of The Big Picture. Some say "Yawara" was a specific Ryu, or School, of Jujutsu.
Again, no matter According to the excellent website, Yawara. Com, Frank Matsuyama originally wanted to teach Tantojutsu to Police Officers, use of edged weapons, in case their service weapon was lost in a struggle so that the Officer could instantly transition to another weapon and continue fighting.
He was then persuaded to teach them a smaller replacement for the nightstick. Instead of copying every single thing, which is not very creative and quite rude, there is enough of that on the Internet; I encourage you to visit that wonderful website which has the original Yawara Manual online. Just to highlight some things, I have to add this from the site. Just a little bit of insight as to how the Yawara Stick came about.
But make no mistake, I like to give credit where credit is due and Yawara. Com was another mini-goldmine in my own pursuit of knowledge. Apparently Yawara Stick techniques were taken in part from Japanese Tantojutsu, specifically, using a sheathed knife. This could happen by accident or on purpose if you did not wish to draw blood. It has long been the "guess" of many people, Ralph Grasso, World War Two Combatives and Jujutsu [Jiujitsu] Historian and Practitioner, myself and others, that a lot of Yawara Techniques that have been known over the years may have come from Tantojutsu, specifically, tsuki waza or "thrusting techniques.
That is an excellent little book for those interested in Yawara, Koppo , Kubotan and Cane movements, by the way. That book was first published in and there are so many little tidbits, precursors to what we now know to be "Streetwise" Self-defense Use of small flashlights as a Yawara Stick, use of the closed pocketknife in the same role.
And the pesky habit Bruce Tegner had of cutting through all of the myth, mysticism and B. A solid grounding in Unarmed Combat Techniques that are not pretty and not impressive to the Mainstream Martial Artists then or now. They are, however, very effective. That means, to people interested in real world Self-defense, they are impressive to people like myself.
Tegner reminds the reader to have these basic and effective skills, even in the book "Stick-Fighting: Self-Defense," excellent material that many laugh at. Let them laugh and you seek out the material and decide for yourself. First published in Again, people have a tendency to laugh at Bruce Tegner Most of the people laughing at his material are involved in promoting fantasies.
Sure, Mr. Tegner wrote a lot of books about various Martial Arts Just a few pieces, absolute gold. Back to the Yawara Stick The reason for the Tantojutsu link is painfully obvious. Why have an entirely different series of strikes and movements when thrusting movements with a knife will serve you well with a pocket stick?
The downside to the Yawara Vs. Tanto is, the Yawara has no edge and it cannot cut. The plus to the Yawara over the Tanto is, you can strike any area of the body, including hard, bony areas with the Yawara. An incredibly versatile weapon indeed. A double ended thrusting weapon that cannot cut. It can only thrust. Modern Yawara and Modern Tanto Custom Kwaiken by Mike Snody.
To continue from Yawara. Com, Matsuyama invented the Yawara Stick in This is most interesting indeed. Linck, I know the pictures are not that clear, but hopefully, this will be just another piece of the puzzle. This book was published some five years before Matsuyama was said to have invented the Yawara Stick. In one picture, you see a striking technique that would be more effective with a blackjack than a Yawara Stick, where the hand is on one end of the stick instead of in the center as with Yawara Stick techniques.
There is also another hint of Japanese Tantojutsu as the end of The Linck Stick is grounded into the palm and secured in place there by finger placement -- for thrusting. Very much like some Tantojutsu Ryu. Some other opinions on the Yawara Stick and variants.
It can be lethal, but only when used deliberately for that end Once you become expert in its use, you will be able to employ any number of substitutes almost as effectively.
This is not only a devastating weapon, properly used, it is also the best writing instrument I have ever seen. I am seldom without one. Often improperly called a Judo stick, the Yawara is more often taught to Jujitsu students. The Kubotan was an evolution of a previous system developed by Kubota called pen fighting. Seeking a simple self-defense method that could be used by average American Citizens with little training, Kubota built techniques around solidly constructed ballpoint pens.
It is also threaded at the end to accept a standard cleaning brush and has a swivel on the other end for a split ring to carry the keys. In professional police models this is an eight-inch cylinder of plastic or aluminum, one inch in diameter, usually with a device such as a spike or sharp ring, to prevent its being snatched away.
The Yawara has become fairly popular since F. Matsuyama introduced his back in Monadnock Lifetime Products in Fitzwilliam, N. Steele also wrote about this one. A lot of people do not realize this Excellent material. More on that in an upcoming article as well It has the single steel ball Cross reference that to my Metsubushi Article on this site with the advice to use an empty can of O.
Pepper Spray as a Yawara or if it has no effect, to immediately transition to the can as a Yawara Stick.
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