Kubotan is an effective tool, It’s simple to use, carry and easy to learn quickly.  We highly recommend it for is how fast you can learn and master a variety of basic kubotan  techniques.

Kubotan uses:

The use of the kubotan self defense keychain is only limited by your imagination, but generally the techniques fall down in one of the following major categories.

  • Control and restrain techniques: Not every self defense situation requires force, in some cases all you need to do is to control your attacker and restrain his ability to attack you. Different joint locks and pain compliance techniques fall into this category. These types of techniques are the main use of the kubotan for the police enforcement personel and security gaurds to control different situations without causing injury to the other person.
  • Striking techniques: This is the most famous and basic use of the kubotan keychain. The kubotan basicly acts as a force maximizer in striking techniques and for a skilled user who knows where and how to strike, it becomes a very effective tool to end an attack immediatly.  You don’t necessarily need to strike with the kubabon, in its simplist form kubaton can just be used to greatly strengthen you punches (known as fist loading).

There are multiple resources and ways a person can use to start learning basic and simple kubotan techniques for self defense. Some of these resources are listed in our kubotan training resources page.

In this post we will focus on the most basic techniques that you need to start with.

The kubotan techniques videos below shows some very basic striking  and defense techniques that you can start practicing and using right away.  Once you got the basic understanding keep drilling the following kubotan fighting techniques until you can do them instinctively. This is very essential in self defense situations. Fortunately once you grasp those basic techniques you will never be dependent on your kubotan being with you, any thing that has such shape can be applied in similar fashion.

Let’s start:

Kubotan Grips and striking targets:

This youtube video illustrates the basic grip of the kubotan, the instructor also demonstrates different angles of attacks and pressure points you should target with the kubotan for maximum impact.

Kubotan striking techniques:

The next video also the instructor explains the basic Kubotan strikes  techniques and builds on them by introducing the concept of the checking hand and incorporating other body parts combatives, that you need to integrate in your traning protocol as well.

The instructor shows also how to drill the basic kubotan strikes all by yourself and do your kubotan training at home on a simple door frame. It’s very important to practice these fundamnetals and to learn the natural flow from one strike to another against different targets and pressure points.

Now, it’s you turn to practice some of the techniques illustrated in these videos until.

In our Resources page, you will also find a list of different kubotan techniques DVDs, manuals and videos that can aid your in learing to use the keychain for your self protection.