Kubotans are great self defense weapons that can save your life in a violent situation. When kubatons are used properly, they are seriously effective as a force maximizer or equalizer against a stronger attacker.
Kubotans’ effective deployment requires some training to use them correctly in self defense situations. Kubotans can basicly be used for striking but there is a greater range of applications for the kubotan and yawara.
If you don’t have time to attend a class or if you want to have a reference while you improve your skills in using kubotans to defend yourself, you will need a companion DVD.
We have reviewed multiple DVDs to pick the best of them. The challenge is that many of the available DVDs focus on a set of control techniques, that might work in against a simple attack but might not be very effective under the rush of adrenaline in an violent self defense situation or when your attacker is much stronger than you.
Therefore our recommendation for this purpose specially for beginners is Sammy franco’s Kubotan self-defense DVD, the reason for our choice is that the DVD offers clear and to the point instructions that can be employed in a variation of situations and mastered relatively in a short period of time.
The DVD works best if you have a partner to train with, but even if you don’t have you can still greatly benefit from this DVD as it demonstrates everything you need to know to get you started using your kubotan effectively.
Kubotan Self-Defense DVD simply teaches you all the basics you wanted to know about using the kubotan or yawara for self defense purposes. By following and practicing the instructions you will learn in this DVD you can give yourself an edge in violent situations against you.
Another great aspect of the DVD, is that is doesn’t require any martial arts knowledge or background to start with. It’s basically suitable for all levels, specially for those who have limited time to learn and to practice this great skill.
In this kubotan DVD program, you will learn about:
- Kubotan stances and postures
- Kubotan hand grips
- Kubotan wrist locks
- Kubotan strikes
- Kubotan concealment techniques
- Kubotan control techniques
- Kubotan fist loading techniques
- Kubotans five applications
- Kubotan target choices
- Kubotan defenses
- Kubotan retention skills
- Kubotan assault escape techniques
- Kubotan pressure point targets
- Kubotan full contact demonstrations
- Kubotan flow drills
- Kubotan ground fighting and submission wrestling
- Kubotan and body opponent bag (BOB) workouts
- Kubotan “bullick” target training
- Kubotan razing techniques
- Kubotan anchoring techniques
The length of the DVD is about 70 minutes full of instructions. The production quality is also very good, so we highly recommend adding this DVD to your library if you are serious about improving your kubotan skills.
What could have been better?
We think that the DVD can benefit only beginners or people with no background in self defense or martial arts in general. It still lacks some of the advanced stuff that more advanced students can benefit from.
We also would have preferred cutting down the repetition of some basic instructions or techniques in the favor of providing more of the advanced stuff in the same amount of time.