How to Use an Expandable Baton

With crime on the rise in many areas, personal safety is something for all of us to consider. Many products are currently on the market to help in the instance of an attack, and with each, a little training and know-how is needed. Expandable batons are the self-defense weapons of choice for many individuals because they are relatively easy to use and generally quite effective.

Step 1

Display your baton openly. Often, just the presence of this weapon deters an assailant. Holsters are available that attach to your belt so the baton is in clear view of any would-be attackers. Since criminals usually look for easy targets, simply displaying a baton may help avoid an attack in the first place.

Step 2

Grasp the baton firmly in your hand and quickly flick your wrist. This will open the baton. You want to maintain a secure, but not tight, hold of the baton. Since fluidity of motion is required to strike effectively, a grip that is too firm will cause tightness in your wrist and arm, decreasing your ability to strike quickly and smoothly.

Step 3

Create a distance of a few feet between you and your assailant, if at all possible. In order for your strikes to be effective, make room to maneuver. Take a step back or to the side to create the distance needed.

Step 4

Target your attacker's weapon to disarm him. Then, aim for the bony areas of the body, including the head, knees, collarbone, ribs, elbows or wrists. This is much more effective than striking areas of muscle. While muscle strikes will hurt, they are not nearly as debilitating as a strike to a bony area.

Step 5

Block your attacker's blows, and aim at disabling him, if possible. Stop him long enough to get away and get help. Put your whole body into the strike. Using only your arm for leverage is not nearly as effective as a strike that has the force of your body behind it.

Step 6

Close your baton by holding it perpendicular to the ground, and strike the tip firmly onto the ground. This will start the retraction process. Continue to tap the ground until all the sections of the baton have retracted, and the baton is in its closed form.

Jean Standish Marovich

Jean Standish Marovich worked as a social worker for more than 15 years in the areas of foster care and adoptions before beginning her writing career. She graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in psychology, and from University of Nevada Las Vegas with undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work. Marovich enjoys running, hiking, biking and swimming.