Club (weapon)

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Herakles and the Hydra, Antonio del Pollaiolo, 15th century
A baton, as it is used by police forces

A club (also known as cudgel, baton, truncheon, night stick, and bludgeon) is a weapon mainly used to hit someone or something. A club is a short staff, or stick, usually made of wood, and used as a weapon.

A club can be used in one or two hands, but it is usually used in one hand. Clubs that need both hands to be used are called quarterstaffs in English. Many kinds of clubs are used in martial arts and other fields, including the law enforcement baton.

The wounds caused by a club are known as bludgeoning or blunt-force trauma injuries. In the United States, clubs are not as popular as the taser.