The principal weapon is a rattan stick known as a cane or baston (baton), which varies in size but is typically 28 inches (71 cm) long. The second-most common weapon is a wooden staff, called a kalis, which can be as long as 48 inches (122 cm). A third option is a knife, which some practitioners use instead of or in addition to the other weapons.
There are no specific requirements for what kind of cane or stick one should use in order to practice properly. One simply needs to have some form of support under their hand and be able to hold it with a proper grip. However, the larger the baton, the more powerful its strike, so someone who practices with a small stick may want to try out a larger one from time to time to achieve greater impact.
As far as position goes, there is no right or wrong way to stand when wielding a cane. Some people prefer to face their opponent, while others wield the stick with both hands simultaneously. Either way, knowledge of how your partner will attack will help you determine where it is most effective to place your defense.
In terms of technique, there are two methods used by traditional practitioners of cane work: direct and indirect. Direct techniques involve a single, straight-ahead thrust made with the whole body.
The most common are the star, tulip, and basic round tips. The baton should be one inch longer from tip to tip than the distance between the user's armpit and the tip of the user's middle finger. For example, if the user has a arm length of 30 inches, then the baton should be 31 inches long.
There are three main types of batons: star, tulip, and round.
A star baton has five or more sharp points on one end and a flat surface on the other. They are used for striking objects such as doors or windows to create noise to attract attention or to break them open. Star batons are commonly made out of metal but they can also be made out of wood or plastic. Star batons are useful in creating loud noises to call for help or to distract an attacker.
Tulips have several small points that are less than 1/4 inch in length. They are used for stabbing or poking objects like doorbells, buttons, or lights to make them work. Tulips are commonly made out of metal but they can also be made out of wood or plastic. Tulip batons are useful for making small holes in objects to test for opens or leaks.
Round batons have no pointed edges but rather a smooth surface across their entire body.
Baton de feu Aluminum fire batons are available in two lengths: 26 inches (2 inch broad wick) and 24 feet (2 inch wide wick). The aluminum staff is designed with a wood stopper at the end and is composed of 1/2 inch diameter T-6 tempered aluminum. The wicks are held in place with self-tapping screws. The baton is blackened to reduce its visual impact and increase its burn rate.
Aluminum burns hotter and longer than steel or wooden firesides. It's also easier to work with because it doesn't get as hot when you hit it with a hammer or punch it with an anvil. The metal gets very hot, however, so handle with care!
There are two types of fire batons: those for burning holes in paper and those for burning holes in people. The one used for people should only be used by trained professionals who know how to use force safely. Not all police departments have this type of unit. If yours doesn't, you will need to hire someone to do this job for you.
The hole burning tool is used by lighting the end of the fire baton and holding it over the flame until it starts to smoke. Then you blow on the smoking end of the baton to create a draft and let the fire out. This process leaves a hole in your target's jacket or coat through which you can see their heart beating!
Choosing the Correct Baton Size Generally, a baton should be used to supplement your body geometry. A baton should be around the length of your forearm from the inner base to the middle joint of your middle finger. If you are in charge of a large group, you may wish to use a somewhat longer baton.
There are two types of batons: straight and curved. The curve of a baton can be anything from slightly bent to fully curved; however, most people only have control over one end of the stick at a time so it's best if this end is the same shape as your other arms. That means either straight or slightly bent at the end you cannot reach with your hand.
If you are new to using a baton, it's recommended that you start out by wearing a strap on your wrist like a watchband. This will allow you to practice holding the baton properly without causing injury. As you become more familiar with the tool, you can remove the banding.
The length of your baton should be such that it can be comfortably controlled by your side when standing still and walking at a normal pace. However, it should be long enough to be useful when running also. A longer baton allows you to make larger movements with less effort which comes in handy when directing people or objects. A shorter baton limits your ability to communicate meaningfully.