When using a baton for self-defense, grip the baton with your thumb wrapped around it and use a slashing strike, similar to the motion of swinging a baseball bat, suggests Staff Patrol Self Defense & Security. Strike whatever body area is closest. Remain 1 to 2 feet from the target in order to strike with more power.
The baton is an impact weapon and can be used to swipe at an opponent or his weapon. When possible, it is ideal to attack the bony parts of an attacker's body, including the wrists, elbows, knees, ribs, collarbone and head. The baton can also be used to block an attack or advancement of an attacker.
Aside from the powerful slashing motion, other baton techniques can be used against an attacker. The jab is a quick motion that allows you to extend the baton forward for forceful impact before retracting back to your original position. The downward circular strike requires you to hold the baton vertically in front of you and make an outward circular and downward motion. The thrust is a technique that can be used at close range, and it resembles an uppercut punch administered from the side. When using the baton is important to keep your wrists, elbows and shoulders relaxed in order to administer a more powerful strike.