do police use the tonfa?

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  1. envee

    envee White Belt

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    do police use the tonfa? i never really paid attention but now that i think about it i think they do. in case you don't know what a tonfa is:

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    just how effective is this? does it take years and years of practice to become a master of a tonfa?
     
  2. Uchi Mata

    Uchi Mata Preaching the gospel of heel hooks and left kicks

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    To the extent that the tonfa is a small club with which you can hit people, yes, they use it. A baton is basically a tonfa. I highly doubt most are trained in Okinawan weapons systems however, or grip their batons tonfa style (i.e. by the handle)
     
  3. Protectandserve

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    PR24's are basically tonfas. And yes departments that train them use them by the handles not gripped at the end like a traditional baton. They are good for blocks but have less reach and impact than a straight stick.
     
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  4. bubkusjones

    bubkusjones Brown Belt

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    Yes, many police forces do use those, because they are effective in both an offensive and defensive manor (much more than a straight club, though an ASP baton is more compact and easier to carry).

    And it takes years to become a master at anything, though you can become proficient enough with less training (if you do it right).
     
  5. Cody564231

    Cody564231 Brown Belt

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    Came to post this, to a t. Our SERT team uses them on cell extractions, in tandem with the shock shields(took a 30 second ride on that, never again).

    Patrol units use ASPs though.
     
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    No it does not take years of practice.
    You can become legit at it in few months.
     
  7. pittelp

    pittelp Smokin Joe belt winner

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    TJ uses one.
     
  8. Protectandserve

    Protectandserve Red Belt

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    One of my old academy instructors used to use his to break collar bones during fights. Thu banned that type of overhand, downward strike though. And the ones issued are steel pipes with the side handle bolted on. They look cool but most officers end up using them like a traditional baton which defeats their usefulness.
     
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    MadSquabbles500 Steel Belt

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    I would love to see those sparring sessions, and live training exercises. Be awesome.
     
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    naked duck It sure is cold without pants.

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    Amazing!
     
  11. Dolomite

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    Does TJ's PR24 have a gold band around it?



    Shatner!
     
  12. jefferz

    jefferz Gold Belt Platinum Member

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    Our small town local cops uses one. He says he was a baton instructor in the Army or something like that. I've seen use it a few times, he never hits anyone with it, but he uses it to twist people up if they're combative. It's kind of neat to see, it's one fluid motion and they're usually crying like a baby to stop. I've seen him use one of those little keychain wood stick things once on a guy that wouldn't cuff up.
     

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