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Learning to use a baton properly is best done by a qualified instructor. To supplement that training, you can also purchase books or videos that provide information on using the baton as a self defense weapon. If you purchase your baton through an Internet website, you will also likely find information on books or videos teaching you skills you need for this self defense weapon. A baton, when used correctly can be a good tool to prevent an attack. However, without proper training you could put yourself in more danger during an attack especially if the baton is grabbed by the assailant and used against you.