Police Baton - Martial Arts Weapon

Advertise on Wiki

Join this free martial arts wiki. Add info on Shotokan Kata, Taekwondo Forms, Kicks, Punches, Grappling, Aikido, Goju-Ryu, Krav Maga, Bo Staff, Kyokushin, etc. Talk with martial artists by joining our Wiki Community.

Wiki Revision Date - 09 Nov 2015 13:19

Police Baton - Martial Arts Weapon

A police baton is a martial arts weapon that has been used by law enforcement officers for centuries. The baton is used for self-defense against attackers, restraining attackers (i.e. joint locks with the baton), crowd control, etc. This law enforcement tool is also known as a night stick, billy club, etc.

While baton lengths can vary by country, modern police batons used in the USA are roughly two feet in length. When compared to other martial arts weapons, a police baton is similar to an Eskrima stick (Yantok) versus staff weapons such as the Hanbo, Jo and Bo.

The police baton usually comes in three main varieties; straightstick baton, side bar baton and expandable baton. The Japanese/Okinawan Tonfa is often viewed as the predecessor for the side bar baton used by the police.

The use and application of a police baton has evolved over the years due to various legal challenges. For example, a choke hold with a baton is no longer viewed as an acceptable police baton technique.

Police Baton Training


Martial Arts - Books | DVDs | Kata | Shoes | Sparring

















Material on this wiki may not be copied or reproduced without the written approval of Black Belt Wiki.
All rights reserved. For other terms & conditions, please read our legal disclaimer. This site is for informational purposes only. All martial arts techniques and fitness exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to prevent injuries and to ensure the proper technique is utilized. If you have had an injury or are in pain, please see a doctor before starting or continuing any martial arts and/or physical fitness program.


Martial Arts Gear