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
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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.
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.