The Baseball Bat in the Movies

I just recently saw Quentin Tarantino’s movie, “Inglourious Basterds.” I was curious to see it because I knew at least one character in the movie wielded a baseball bat as a weapon. According to one review, actor Eli Roth “…portrays a merciless, baseball-bat-wielding Nazi killer dubbed ‘the Bear Jew’ by fear-stricken German soldiers in the film.”

Moving beyond movie entertainment, I believe the average person knows that the baseball bat is credible as a killing weapon. The average person also knows that it just wouldn’t be credible to have a terror-inducing Nazi killer wielding a 28 inch rattan stick, or even a 28 inch long, one inch diameter hardwood stick.

Eli Roth as "The Bear Jew"

My point is not to put down short stick stylists, but to get you to consider the merits of a weapon that most martial artists have ignored.


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