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An Introduction to Stick Combat by Legendary Hwa Rang Do Student Michael Echanis

An Introduction to Stick Combat by Legendary Hwa Rang Do Student Michael Echanis

The stick is probably the most available “field expedient” weapon to which a soldier has access. As a combat weapon, it becomes usable for everything from riot or prisoner control to an extremely lethal close-quarters-combat weapon.

At one moment, the stick can be a cane and the next it can be breaking a man’s wrist, arm or neck. In this context, we will primarily deal with the stick and its use in combat as a weapon for survival. Various sizes and different techniques will give you a basis for evaluation and readjustment so that each technique will conform to you and your mental/physical abilities.

Michael Echanis on Stick Combat vs. Knife Combat

One important factor in your evaluation of the stick as a weapon — in contrast and in comparison to the knife — is the stick’s focus of attack on the bony protrusions and nerve centers of the human anatomy. The knife cuts and slashes veins, arteries, muscles and tendons of the body.


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Michael Echanis on Stick Combat and the Human Anatomy

In the study of close-quarters combat and its scientific application of technique during actual attack, the focus of mental/physical contact must be directed to vital portions of the human anatomy. By simple and correct application of technique and mental focus of power, the smallest man can become a lethal weapon to the largest of assailants.

A weapon in the hand of a trained individual is the integral difference between a lethal and a nonlethal close-quarters-combat technique.

Michael Echanis on Improvised Weapons

An example of applying common sense to this type of situation is the use of an ashtray as a lethal weapon in close-quarters combat.

The edge of the glass curvature — the outer portion of the weapon — becomes the focus point of attack when directed to bony protrusions of the enemy’s anatomy such as finger joints, knuckles and bony portions of the upper hand, wrist, elbow, collarbone, jawbone, bridge of the nose or temple.

A well-focused strike with this simple, commonly found weapon will deliver a disabling or extremely lethal blow in a crucial self-defense situation.

The writing pen or a hardwood pencil is another example of a simple, commonly found weapon, which can be a lifesaving factor in certain life-or-death situations, such as in the face of physical violence or rape.

There are many methods to injure an assailant with merely a pen, hardwood pencil, a set of keys or a comb — such as a direct thrust into the eyes, throat, jugular vein or clavicle region of the enemy. These harsh methods of reaction are necessary in life-or-death, hand-to-hand combat encounters. Only those who are willing to remain calm and act decisively will survive these types of violent encounters.

Michael Echanis on How Stick-Combat Training Can Influence Use of Improvised Weapons

The keys to mastering survival in close-quarters combat is common sense, being aware of readily available natural and man-made weapons in your immediate surroundings, and knowing their application of attack to vital areas of the human anatomy.

It can be as simple as throwing hot coffee in the eyes of the enemy to gain that split second needed for reaction.

The stick is invaluable in the sense of “common sense” and its application of attack to the anatomy of the enemy.


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  • a vital striking chart detailing critical points of the human anatomy for effective stick combat
  • using the baton in stick combat
  • using the double short stick (also known as the “bone breaker”) in stick combat
  • a special chapter on cane techniques demonstrated by hwa rang do’s supreme grandmaster Dr. Joo Bang Lee
  • and much more!
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