A Cudgel is a stout stick/staff carried by peasants during the Middle Ages. It functioned as a walking staff and a weapon for both self-defence and wartime. Regiments of clubmen were raised as late as the English Civil War. The cudgel is also known as the singlestick. The weapon usually has two large blunt heads on both ends, intended to be wielded from the center.
In addition, Shaolin monks and members of other religious orders around the world have employed cudgels from time to time as defensive weapons.