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Coshes and batons

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Depending on whether you're using it to defend yourself or using it to attack, a foot-long wooden stick is either a baton or a cosh in Jitsu.

The cosh
The cosh can be used backhanded or forehanded, overhead and to the side, and you can defend yourself against it with armlocks, wristlocks and many different throws - once you've got out of its way, that is.

Although most armed attacks don't involve a foot-long wooden stick, you can use the same techniques you learn against a cosh to defend yourself against other blunt weapons, such as broken pool cues, so cosh defences are far more useful than you might think.

The baton
The baton remains the only weapon Jitsuka learn to use as an offensive weapon. We don't, however, use it to attack people, only to parry and defend against armed and unarmed attackers. At first sight, it might seem that the only thing you can use a baton for is hitting people - and that's one of the things you'll learn to do - but you can also use it for locks and strangles.

Again, like the cosh, you can improvise a baton out of many different kinds of object.

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