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8/31/07 2:35 PM
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judo man
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Edited: 31-Aug-07
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Are they good for self defense ? What are the pros and cons of them?
9/8/07 5:14 PM
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Edited: 08-Sep-07
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Hell yeah! Quick to deploy, able to cause major damages with strikes (to face, kneecaps, elbows, etc). You can do joint locks too. There are a lot of cool baton DVDs that will explain more.
9/10/07 2:24 PM
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Edited: 10-Sep-07 05:51 PM
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are they effective against an opponent armed with knife, stick or multiple opponents?
10/25/07 9:44 PM
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Quite frankly, as a striking tool, they pretty much suck. They're more for intimidation than actual effect. My local sheriff's dept and city PD's use them. I help teach their defensive tactics program, and have taken quite a few wacks from them before... they're definitly over hyped. They don't have enough mass to really do much damage unless you hit something sensitive, like the nose or groin. For grappling, they work well, but that's kind of a no no for LEO's around here.... too much chance for injury. Most of the officers miss their side handle batons for that extra mass.
1/31/08 2:23 PM
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Asp batons are great for immobilization. More so than actual striking. They just don't have the mass.

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