Stick & Baton Combat Guides

Within this extensive collection of Baton Combat guides and handbooks, you will discover how these weapons are utilized, and how to defend against them.

A baton (from bâton, the French for stick) or truncheon (nightstick or billy-club in American English) is essentially a stick of less than arms-length, usually made of wood, plastic, or metal, and carried by law enforcement, correctional, riot control, and security personnel for non-lethal self-defense or combat situations.

A baton is used to strike, jab, block, and aid in the application of armlocks. The basic impact weapon is a straight baton made from wood or a synthetic material, approximately one and a quarter inches in diameter, and from 18 to 36 inches long; this is also referred to as a nightstick. The 36″ and longer batons are called “riot batons”.

Batons in common use by peace officers in North America and around the world include (traditional) fixed-length straight batons, fixed-length side-handle batons, collapsible straight batons, and collapsible side-handle batons.

Learn how to defend against and attack with a nightstick, truncheon and the baton. Learn baton strikes, jabs, blocks and arm locks and how to defend against these moves from an opponent.