Yawara Stick




Introduction: Yawara Stick

The yawara is a japanese Weapon used in many martial arts, such as aikido and yawara-jitsu.It can be a very useful wepon, if used correctly.

In this instructable I'll show you how to make a simple Yawara stick, with simple tools and with almost no woodworking skills.

This is my first instructables, so any constructive criticism will be welcomed =D.

Don�t go hitting any one that you see with it.=P

Step 1: A Bit of History

The Yawara Stick designed by Frank Matsuyama was easier to use than the night stick issued to police at the time. It was also easily concealable, making it popular with plain clothes officers as well. Most police officers in the late 1940's and early 1950's were ex-service men with at least basic knowledge of hand-to-hand combat, many were experts in jujitsu, judo, or boxing. The Yawara Stick was recognized by these street savvy cops as the officers best friend next to his service weapon.

The Yawara Stick was developed from the Tanto jitsu or knife fighting techniques contained within Yawara jitsu, specifically, the technique of using the knife still sheathed. The Tanto's wooden sheath was prone to swelling when moistened by rain or perspiration, sometimes making it impossible to draw. Also the samurai needed a less lethal weapon to deal with situations which didn't warrant a throat cutting, such as capturing a prisoner. Because of these and other considerations, various methods of combat were devised, usually with the samurai using the same grip and stances shown in the manual.

The kutbotan was inspired in the yawara stick and it can be used as a keychain.

Source: http://yawara.com/YawaraStick.html

Step 2: Tools Needed

You will be needing a saw, chisel, rasp and a clamp.

Step 3: Material Needed

I had a piece of Ipe Brazil laying around, so I used it to make this project.

With a ruler, Measure about 6 inches and draw a line and cut it.


Caution: If you use the same wood as me, or similar tropical woods, be careful with the dust. It can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. If possible, use a mask.

Step 4: Making It Smaller

In this step you could use a saw to make it your Chiselling job easier. I just used the chisel to cut big chunks.

Step 5: Giving It a Round Shape

You want to be careful in this step. With the chisel, cut small and even pieces over the block.
A compass can help you in this process.

You don�t want to rush in this step, otherwise you might end up with a ugly yawara with bumps over it�s surface.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Use a sandpaper to smooth your stick.

With a dremel or a saw draw a not very deep line half a inch on both ends.
With your chisel make the ends smaller, and sandpaper them.

Rasp the sides for a better grip.

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    5 months ago

    Why not save a lot of work and simply make one out of wood dowel about 7/8 inches thick while slightly round over the cut ends so you end up with a thing that looks like a simple 6 in. Cigar? People look at that shape even less as they dont regard it as a weapon


    4 years ago

    One of the best items to use for this is a metal punch. I have made many. Cross drill the punch at the top for the key ring and in two other places to insert spikes that go between your fingers. These can either be welded in or press fitted.

    a piece of re-bar works, it is good for a yawara or kubotan, which you can just find and cut to size....if you are found with it "i found it it's just a piece of re-bar" if you lose it or have to ditch it, "I found it ,it's just a piece of re-bar" and it works well


    12 years ago on Introduction

    just a note ;) u might want to check some spelling ;) like Japanese and conceal :) otherwise nice ible. also a disclaimer might help :D summin like "dont go beating people up with this" :P


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the advise! I´m Brazilian, so sometimes, when I don´t pay much attention when i'm writing, i end up making some mistakes.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Cool. I like the aluminum kubotans and the Okinawan tekkos better though.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    cool i have always seen there but never known what they were called oh and your look cool nice job i think the hardest part will be to make it round