Kendo might not be a bad idea, if you can find a kendo school that isn't full of weeaboo horseshit (e.g. any lineage that includes Darrel Max Craig; that guy is a shill at best).
Some aikido schools incorporate weapons training, among which would be the bokken. I don't understand the hateboner that many on this board have for aikido (maybe I'm lucky because my instructor understands the need for pragmatism?), but if you can find a decent school they'll teach proper grip and weapon retention, something you'll want with any weapon.
If you're looking for something innocuous that's still potentially lethal, I'd suggest a tire knocker (18-inch wooden baton with a steel pin in the end for added heft) and eskrima/arnis stick-fighting
>>945396 aikido weapons are not really effective for using weapons. the distancing is incorrect and they don't cut properly. There jojutsu, or stick fighting is, from what Ive seen, nonfunctional on several levels.
Many aikido teachers admit there weapons work is not particularly effective and only teach it as a means to develop their taijutsu skills.
#1: it would be better to carry a walking stick or cane unless you go to and from baseball practice a lot. But maybe this is for home defense. in which case #2: play some actual base ball or go to the batting cage to get a strong familiarity with the item. #3: decide what kind of bat you want (wood had more mass which does more damage but is slower on the recovery, aluminum is easier to handle but has less impact but still hits plenty hard, and if you can find a steel bat it is sort of the bet of both worlds but hard to find) #4 to finally directly address your question you have 3 main options, HEMA probably has some stuff related to war clubs as well as other traditional martial arts; there is FMA that trains improvised and unusual weapons to, especially on request; and lastly if you just can't find a something near you and you have friends interested then practice using padded weapons/boffers. Unlike swords the over all character of the handling does not change much for clubs. Just keep in mind factors like flex and weight differences. #extra It would also be a good idea to go to a self defense seminar or a few classes, and go over the your local self defense related laws very carefully.
At the end with heavy clubs it comes down to good timing (which you get with practice). The most effective techniques trend to be basic and easy to understand. But many leave you briefly open after a strike so you want to make sure to hit something to not leave a opening.
And no, kendo would not work that well with a bat.
>>947238 >and it's probably more dangerous. Factually incorrect on that but right about the rest. It is very concealable and is effective. But the reach and massive damage of a bat out class it in nearly every way. Do not underestimate how badly and quickly a bat can fuck someone up. It is one of those things that only take 2 or 3 good shots to kill someone and one shot to permit cripple. But as you brought up they are not concealable to unless you ether play baseball a lot or use it for home defense their are better more practical options.
>>948705 >Are you really going to walk sown the street carrying your fucking katana? Or, you know, you can do what this anon, >>948866 >it would be better to carry a walking stick or cane, said and maybe substitue with a stick, cane, etc. >>949263 >my point is kendo is useless, since it's both far removed from actual kenjutsu I'll give you Kenjutsu has a leg up, but you could just crosstrain or train without all the armor. It's not like it's that hard to buff up your kendo
>>945944 some of us live in countries or states with strict gun laws so learning how to fight is the only option in self defense besides praying that nothing happens to you. >inb4 just move to another state
>>949317 >Walking around a neighborhood with a cane is almost worse if you're under 50 years old. First, there is no age limit on mobility problems you dick. Also as long as you don't walk around like it is a fucking pimp cane no one will give a shit and just assume you need it.
Walking sticks make the most sense when /out/ or semi /out/ even if you don't look like you need it because it is very common in that context.
Pocket knifes are objectively worse weapons and draw more attention in nonpermisive environment then canes. Canes can be taken anywhere and are better weapons.
That being said, I do not personally carry a cane or a "defensive knife".
>>949956 Oh come on, in anicent rome they had men covered in scars from a career in the army, in medieval japan you had a good chance of surviving a wound from an arrow or sword. \ Yes infection was a much bigger deal then, but a cut, even a deep cut was not necessarily a death sentence
>>951278 step away from the sport fighting you've seen where they stop upon striking the form.
the katana was meant to slash the opponents, not beat them. every time he hit the thugs he then drew the bat along as if it was a blade. this would allow him to make a cut deeper with no added effort while also transitioning into the next strike. that's what japanese swordsmanship looks like when you finally get rid of the ridiculous posturing.
the binding technique however was definitely based on a stick method. it ignored any need for a edge and simply manipulated through mass and resiliency. good for a stick (or bat), pointless with a sword.
also that reverse grip he transitions into wouldn't have been too useful with a stick. its also a method that relies on a sharp edge to slice. a stick would have simply made light contact. minimal bruising at best. the bat compensated for this with the added mass.
>>951484 I dont do kendo, but this a choreographed script fight, I mean the guy who choreographed it might have some martial arts experience, and while it looked nice some of it was plainly nonsensical
>>948866 >there is FMA that trains improvised and unusual weapons to, especially on request; If he's living in Germany, he can try Modern Arnis. It has a pretty large national association and is focused on day-to-day life and unconventional weapons.
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