Among the nine different Tie Gun we have looked at there are some subtle and
some substantial differences.
Regarding the spring body batons, I definitely advise against using these batons
because the spring action prevents delivering a solid strike or counterstrike, but
more so because it cannot be effectively used as a blocking instrument.
The study and practice of Tie Gun Lian Shi relies on using the baton as a blocking
instrument as well as a striking instrument, and as you will learn in Chapter
Four, often your first block is itself your first counterstrike. This alone renders the
spring body batons useless in Tie Gun Lian Shi.
The chrome body batons on page 12 are practical, but as previously noted, the
small handles limit your grip options and have the potential to be slippery
because of the texture and composition of the rubber.
The spring loaded chrome baton mimicking the Manji Sai on page 13 would be
more practical if the facing directions of the prongs were reversed. If I’m going
to trap a weapon I want it on the outside of my arm where I would have more
options to redirect it as opposed to the inside where my options would be very
limited, and again, the release lever interferes with the grip.
Of the three sizes of solid body black steel batons, I prefer the longest of the
three for reach purposes, not only for striking and counterstriking, but for having
a wider range of blocking area to use. If you choose one of the three solid body
black steel batons keep this very important factor in mind when it comes to training.
If you train with a 9”/26” Tie Gun and carry the 6.75”/16” for self defense you
may find yourself in trouble if you are forced to use it. The shorter stick will have
neither the blocking radius nor striking range of the 9”/26” which means you will
come up short on one action or the other…or both. Whatever the size stick you
train with that is the size you want to carry. Do not train with one size and carry
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