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The Yawara is a weapon utilised in many martial arts disciplines. It is used primarily for applying pressure to or striking sensitive body points such as the face, neck, joints and bones. Its small point of contact means a concentration of impact force that, when applied to a hard object, is far more destructive than a fist. The traditional weapon design was most commonly a short wooden roller but today’s yawara are often made from plastic or metal. The dimensions should match the practitioner’s hand with the length protruding from either size of the fist and the diameter allowing the fist to close fully in a firm grip.
Dorje vajra
It is a commonly held belief that the yawara is related to the vajra, a religious object used by Buddhist monks. These items were small and easy to hide. Used symbolically in daily rituals they were always at hand and thus could be used in self-defense at any time. Most frequently the vajra was small and club like with a ribbed spherical head. The ribs connect at the top of the ball in a single point, effective for impact.
dorje vajra
An alternative design was for the central ribs to remain open at the ends like spines that could stab or slash an opponent. Vajra in Sanskrit means indestructible or unperturbed. The Tibetan name dorje means thunderbolt and noble stone. Vajra are commonly made of wood, stone, bone or iron. Ceremonial versions might be cast from silver, bronze or copper.
Indra dorje vajra
The Vedic deity Indra, conqueror of evil powers and demons, and holy guardian of warriors, is often depicted holding a vajra. The vajra represents similar qualities in both Buddhism and Hinduism - strength of spirit and spiritual power. The use of vajra as a symbolic tool for religious rites spread from India (alongside the associated religion and culture) to other parts of Asia. As a ritual object it symbolizes the properties of the diamond (indestructibility) and the thunderbolt (unlimited power).
dorje vajra
Many statues found in front of temples in Japan and other countries of East Asia are holding vajra like weapons in their hands. They are temple guards (Japan Nio). These intimidating figurines symbolize protection for the temple and the victory of wisdom over ignorance. Generally in Buddhism, a peaceful belief system, the use of force was only justified in defense of the practice and its principles.
Variations of the yawara can be found in many Far East countries. In the Philippines, for example, it is called dulodulo or pasok. Instead of wood these weapons were often made from extremely hard and durable buffalo horn.
Different martial arts masters have incorporated the use of the yawara into their training. This design , with right angled handle, allows the practitioner to strike powerfully with a closed fist in straight line, a technique often utilised in karate (zuki).
In ancient systems this type of yawara, with two extra striking points, was often made of wood. Contemporary version are more commonly made of metal.
The yawara is sometimes referred to as a kubotan. This stems from the name Kubota, a martial arts master who developed a self-defense system based around a striking weapon that doubled as a key fob. Traditional yawara sticks are thicker and their shape is more ideally suited to the hand. Kubotan use their keyring attachment to broaden the potential range of self-defense techniques.
yawara koppo stick
The koppo stick is a yawara with a short rope that attaches the weapon to your hand. During combat the line prevents the weapon from being dropped even after a painful blow to the hand or fingers. This weapon has the additional advantage of allowing the user to perform many techniques that require an open hand.
The sunsetsu is a Japanese weapon. The metal rod is sharpened at both ends. The middle finger is placed through the attached ring. The sunsetsu will then remain suspended in the palm of the hand allowing the fingers to grip other objects.
emei piercers
Emei piercers are used in Chinese martial arts and also have a finger ring that allow the weapon to rotate in the hand. The weapon is much longer than the traditional yawara and often has sharpened ends.
rodokan knife
The Rodokan knife with double-edged blades on both sides of the handle combines the techniques of the sharpened vajra and yawara. In contrast to the yawara’s traditional application of pressure to target points or striking to break bones, this weapon is used for stabbing and slashing.
Thai massage sticks, used to stimulate pressure points located on the energy meridians of the body, can also serve as yawara. In the hands of an acupressure expert, with perfect knowledge of the human body, these innocuous pieces of wood become a potentially deadly weapon.
acupressure points
Similarly, yawara designed for combat can also be used to restore health. For centuries, traditional Chinese medicine has worked with pressure points to release Yin and Yang energy, balancing the bodily system. Some yawara have ridges and bumps that stimulate pressure points located on the palm when gripped.
acupressure yawara
Daily training involving strokes and blocks with the yawara, even if only for a few minutes, will positvely impact health. The most important acupressure zones on the palm, stimulated in training, are the lungs and heart but many other points and their correlating organs also benefit.
yawara massage
Knowledge of acupressure points is a very important element of this training system. Accurately striking of the right targets increases success in attack and defense. The yawara can also be used to treat injuries by stimulating points on the meridians that have an analgesic effect and regulate the flow of restorative energy.
The yawara system was introduced to the USA for the first time in 1940 by Professor Matsuyama. Police trainers noted with great interest that the basic methodology was very easy to learn and the weapon itself was highly effective. Yawara attack and defense techniques were later incorporated into police training with flashlights and telescopic batons.
telescopic baton
The telescope baton is an interesting development of the yawara concept. When retracted the baton can be used as a traditional yawara, striking and applying pressure to vital points on the body. Extending the baton then offers a distance advantage and the opportunity for stick fighting techniques.
tactical pen
Tactical pens are another contemporary version of the yawara. Easy to hide or disguise in plain sight, they can be ready to use in an instant. They also function as highly durable pens or tools to break glass in the case of car accidents or other emergencies.
yawara flashlight
Many modern flashlights are made of durable materials and may be used as yawara. Modern training systems may combine different techniques. For example soldiers, police and security guards are often trained to hold a flashlight in one hand and a gun in the other. This was primarily to enable accurate marksmanship in the dark. However, in close quarters and at any moment, the flashlight can be used as a yawara to defend the bearer or shield the weapon held in the other hand. In confined spaces, the flashlight and the pistol may both be employed with double handed yawara techniques.
yawara tactical pen
A combination of the aforementioned ideas can be found in this tactical pen that funcions as a yawara and flashlight with a hidden blade inside.
The element of surprise is key in yawara training. Due to its small size, the yawara may be hidden almost anywhere, tucked into a belt , in a pocket, up a sleeve or concealed in the hand. It can be drawn quickly drawn and is instantly ready for self-defense.
Solo practice improves individual techniques, combinations and forms (kata). Kata develops forms that offer the ability to fight multiple opponents attacking from various angles. It involves fluid movement and dynamic changes in direction.
Training with a partner improves different variants of selected combinations. It also enables the practice of kata interpretations.
Yawara kumite
Every yawara strike can cause serious injury so free style fighting is practised while wearing appropriate safety pads.
This training system utilises different types of yawara. Single and double handed techniques are included. Not only is this a highly effective tool for self-defense but training with two yawara simultaneously will greatly improve co-ordination. Dedicating time to the yawara will broaden the scope and skills of the martial arts practitioner.
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