Kubotan Self Defense

Learn how to use Kubotan for self defense

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How to use a Kubotan for self defense?

Kubotan is a very versatile tool for its shape and solidness. It can be used creatively in many daily life tasks and not just as an effective self defense tool. The solid material of the kubaton, makes it also usable in many critical situations for example to break glass or to hammer something.

However the most important use for a Kubotan that concerns us here is in self defense so let’s go through this.

Basic Kubotan Grips:

The kubotan grip will determine the type of applications and defenses you will be usining agains your attacker. It’s important to train different grips because you never know what circumstances you will be in, during an attack.

  • Ice pick grip: This is actually my personal favorite for the versatility of the applications.
  • Hammer grip: The kubotan is held as it you are holding a hammer.
  • Center point grip: This is where you hold the kubotan in the middle of you hand so its both ends can be seen. This is the best grip for fist loading techniques.

In this video, famous self defense instructor Peter Weckauf is showing different grips and applications that can be used with the pocket stick or the kubotan. The video is also showing the verstatility of the tools that can be used in the same way as the kubotan if you don’t have one.


Kubotan Applications:

Kubotans have many applications in self defense, the major ones are as follows:

  1. Compliance and restrain tool: you can use it to restrain and control your attacker, a lot of a fancy techniques are available for this application.
  2. Striking tool: you can jab and stab with the kubotan in different hand grips.
  3. Anchoring or locking tool: also a sort of control for your attacker may be to calm him down or until you can escape or you get some help.
  4. Fist loading tool: just punch with the kubotan in your fist, it will add a lot of power to your punches.

The Kubotan is usually used by security gaurds or police enforcements for trapping, joint locking, blocking and extracting people. There are also tons of martial arts techniques where the Kubotan can be used artfully and elegantly, but when it comes to self protection or defense situation we need to only care about using it as effective and as quickly as possible to end or control the current situation.

Another use of the kubotan is flailing the keys, I am personally not a big fan of this technique and don’t find it useful but still this is one more thing you can do with the kubotan keyring if you see the use for it.

Kubotan major targets:

Kubotan techniques can be applied against any soft tissue, bony areas or nerve pressure points on an attacker’s body. The targets vary based on the situation and how much force or stopping power you need to put into your defense. This depends of course on the nature and criticality of the situation. The common targets on an attacker’s body are as follows:

  • eyes, temple, throat, skull, solar plexus, collar bone, groin, spine, joints in general.

Although there are body targets in which applying the technique against will be most effective, but hitting with the kubotan will be painful to any body part, so it’s not an exact science.

The main principle is to be able to use the Kubotan to punish your attacker as much as needed to stop his attack and nothing more than that, or you will have to answer for that.

So, the basic idea is to master fundamental effective combatives using the Kubotan because those will come naturally to you in a tough situation. After mastering the basic grips and strikes you can then get more advanced kubotan techniques in your arsenal to handle different types of attacks.

Below are some selected videos that elaborate on this concept of using the Kubotan in a very basic but effective way in a street fight.

Your practice need to be simple enough that you can apply it in any situation and it has to always start by practicing Kubotan drawing techniques as fast and smooth as possible. Mastering all the techniques in the world is not going to help you if you can’t draw your weapon at the right time when you need to. So start here.

I included this video because this is how I think the kubotan should be used in most cases. You need to learn how to draw your kubotan and then use it for what it is good for. No need for fancy moves unless you are willing to put in great deal of time mastering techniques that you might not have the time to apply in a real fight.

Joe’s vidoes about yawara stick are always good to watch. This video elaborate on the same concept of using the kubotan instinctively against your attacker’s body. The most fundamental part is to take the attacker’s mind off you as soon as possible and according to how threatinging the sitution is.

Another cool video from raw combat, that elaborates on the same concept of reality based use of the kubotan or pocket stick. Most street attacks are violent and you will have to learn to use your weapon combatively to finish at attack by applying the needed force.


Is a Kubotan effective in a street fight?

The short answer is YES, Kubotan works very effectively for street self defense.

Kubotan is being used frequently by a police officers as the basic non-lethal weapon taught enforcement academies and if such professionals use it for such critical situations that means that it works.

Basic self-defense skills with a Kubotan can be taught in an hour or so. A full course can be completed in a day. But it requires some practice to develop the required the motor skills after taking the course.

In law enforcement jobs, Kubotan is often used to get people out of close-quarters situations. They’re great for extracting people from vehicles or from doorways or other areas where they grab on to a fixed object and hold on to resist arrest.

In grasping a fixed object like a steering wheel or a door frame, the subject exposes their wrist, which is the primary point of attack with the Kubotan in an arrest situation. In a crowded environment like a bar, a Kubotan was much more useful than a traditional impact weapon like a baton or an aerosol spray.

The great thing about the Kubotan is that You can carry it just about everywhere, and they aren’t expensive. Most people don’t know how to use them, so if you lose control of the Kubotan, it’s not likely to be used against you the way a knife, gun, or pepper spray could.

I think it’s an excellent choice as a personal defense weapon. It’s best to get some training from a qualified instructor. If you locate an instructor, ask some questions about where their training came from and what organizations support or endorse it.

Get yourself a Kubotan if it is allowed in your city and carry it in your keychain, find a good instructor to give you the basics of how to use it and just practice that regularly, you never know when you might need to use it.

Kubotan & Yawara stick “A Guide for the First Timer”

The yawara stick  is a japanese weapon used in many martial arts. It’s basically a palm stick that was usually made out of wood. Kubotan is just the modernized version of the yawara stick.

Both Kubotans and Yawara sticks are close-quarter martial art weapons and we can trace their origins to medieval Japan. Kubotan is actually a derivative of the fabled Yawara stick (the most favored weapon of the Buddhist monks in Feudal Japan). The Kubotan is 5.5 inches long and has a diameter of 0.56 inches. Yawara has a design that is similar to the Buddhist religious object, Vajra. Unlike the Kubotan, the Yawara sticks are much thicker in construction. The unique design of this weapon enables it to jut out from either sides of the palms (while holding it).

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Yawara Kubotan

Kubatons come with keyrings while yawars don’t

While looking for Kubotan vs Yawara differences, you will find that Kubotan usually comes with a keyring. This enables in concealing the weapon in a very effective way. Besides, you must also never ignore the convenience offered by the weapon when it has a key ring. By all probabilities, you might have come across someone having this weapon and may have thought of it as a fancy key chain!

Kubotans and yawars use

The  application of both Kubotan and Yawara sticks is interesting. Targets for both are fleshy regions of the body while applying the weapon. When used effectively, both of the sticks can help in inflicting damages to the bones as well as the joints. It is also possible to use the sticks on pressure points. In other words, these self-defense weapons are highly effective for incapacitating any assailant within a matter of seconds for the skilled person.

Is it legal to carry a kubotan keychain or a yawara stick?

The experts often teach various so-called ‘compliance techniques’ for efficient usage of Kubotan and Yawara sticks. Law enforcement officials across the nation are already proficient in the proper application of these self-defense sticks. The rules about carrying the weapon vary across the globe. For instance, the UK authorities consider it unlawful to carry these weapons. Another aspect that people can find while searching for Kubotan vs Yawara differences is that it is very much possible to apply the defensive tactics even without the presence of these self-defense sticks. A law enforcement official can apply the same strategies to incapacitate an assailant using his or her flashlight. Likewise, a woman can tackle troublemakers by using her hairbrush as a weapon.

The History of Kubotan and Yawara Sticks

The history of Kubotan and Yawara stick is equally interesting. Kubotan focuses on restraining people without causing any kind of permanent injuries. We can find the first application of the same self-defense weapon by 1970s. Instrument of attitude adjustment – this was the phrase used to describe the efficiency of the Kubotan. The same weapon has undergone through various evolutionary phases, which included replacing the wooden stick with aluminum alloys because there are much lighter and easier to handle. As mentioned earlier, the Kubotan is a modification of the Yawara stick initially used by the Buddhist monks for self-defense purposes. The monks used to carry two Yawara sticks at the same time to improve the overall efficiency levels of the martial technique. By the 1940s, the law-enforcement officials began to apply the same sticks for subduing assailants. Yawara sticks are not lethal by itself; however, today you can come across various iterations of the same weapons that can cause permanent damages to different parts of the body. The Buddhist monks also practiced Yawarajitsu – a martial art that makes liberal use of these sticks.

The Efficiency of Kubotan and Yawara Sticks

Unlike the traditional self-defense weapons, the Kubotan and the Yawara are highly effective in locking the assailant tight preventing them from inflicting any more damage. Some Kubotan have spiked or pointed edges that can cause incredible pain within a few seconds of proper application. Those who have an interest in learning more about the proper use of these self-defense weapons must initially learn more about the critical ‘pain points’ in our body. Flailing is another kind of attack made possible due to the presence of the key ring on the Kubotan stick. Liberal application of these sticks on the tendons and ligaments can also infect vast amounts of pain.

Finally the yawra stick is an incredible little tool, that is also fun to learn. Browse the site for more information about applying both the yawara stick or the kubotan techniques in self defense situations.

Check out those beautiful wooden kubotans and yawara sticks !

Self defense for Women: Learn how to use the Kubotan now

Self protection and self defense are a significant priority for women. Rape, assault, abuse, and domestic violence are the most common crimes that can happen to a woman. It is proven that most rape cases are perpetrated by men that are known to the woman in question. On the other hand, assailant attack women because they believe that women are more passive and cannot fight back. The best option for women to fight these crimes is by avoiding being alone in areas that they feel insecure or areas that are not well lit. However, finding oneself in such places is sometimes unavoidable. Therefore, finding a way of fighting back becomes the best option since self defense is a person’s principal.

There are several self defense products and weapons which women may use for self protection. However, in many cases, some of them tend to be heavy, others risky to use and others may be illegal in some states. A Kubotan is an exceptionally helpful self-defense-weapon for women. It is easy to carry and very efficient. Kubotan for women’s self defense, women’s personal protection is the best of all women’s’ self defense weapons.

The Kubotan

A Kubotan is a close-quarter-self-defense-weapon normally 5.5″ long and 0.56″ in diameter. It is thicker to some extent or equal size to that of a marker pen. The Kubotan is usually attached with a key ring for concealment and protection, to the untrained eye, this weapon appears innocent. The Kubotan is ideal to hide in the women’s purse or pocket and it is also easy to grip. An “ice pick” is the ideal grip which is very simple for the untrained woman to strike with. The Kubotan is flexible enough to help present benefit to women that are not armed in a self defense circumstances.

How women can use the Kubotan for self defense?

The Kubotan is most likely the most productive self-defense-weapon used by women for self protection in America today. This weapon is designed to fit-the-hand, with an inch plus half of its material protruding in all the ends. Women just need to know their grip to well, not to light to make the Kubotan fly-off their hand for the period of an attack and not to stiff to an extent that they may end up hurting themselves. They need to grip it in a way that it will be comfortable for them to use it.

They can choose a Kubotan with a round end, a sharp end, or a flat end, depending on the needs that they have.

Where to hit with the Kubotan?

Kubotan is intended to hit some specific body parts. These are the parts of the body that will hurt the most, enabling you to stop your attacker and get an opportunity to escape. These include:

Pectoral muscles
Areas around the eyes and the ayes itself
The bladder’s lower back
Beneath the armpit
All sides of the neck.

How Kubotan works?

Usually the Kubotan is attached to a Keyring that makes it to appear as a risk free “key fob”.
Kubotan for women’s self defense, women’s personal protection offers a sense of security to most women, because many self-defense-situations for women take place while holding-keys to open a parked car. The Kubotan can be used in a diversity of self-defense tactics which includes:

Hammer fist-Strike- This is a move of self-defense which involves holding of the Kubotan like an ice pick. Grasp Kubotan using your fist, and ensure that the Kubotan’s point end is facing downwards and that you are vertically holding your fist. A hammer fist-strike involves a-downward-force which enables the point of the-Kubotan to hit an assailant in the most sensitive areas that can disable them, and provides you with an opportunity to escape.

Flailing- Because several Kubotan’s are attached to key chains, a flair type weapon can also be used. With a hard grip on Kubotan’s end which is not attached to your-key chain, swipe-out-in-an-arc, focusing the keys as the major defensive-weapon.

Combination attacks- Kubotan can be used in many different kinds of combination attacks that can blend the moves of self-defense and martial arts with the use of the-Kubotan. For instance, you can use your arms to wrap an assailant’s neck at the back, and dig into the little of their back using a Kubotan.

Fist Hardening- Women can use the Kubotan in a grip to increase their punches power. Grasp the Kubotan in the middle of your fingers while making the usual fist that offers an extra weight to your-strikes.

Pressure-point-Attack- In a situation of self-defense, it is important to know your assailant’s pressure points. You will need to hold the Kubotan using your forward grip in most pressure-points-attacks. Select one or many pressure points, and stab using the tip of your Kubotan.

Is the Kubotan effective for women’s self defense?

The efficiency and effectiveness of the Kubotan in a situation of self defense for women will usually depend on several factors such as:

Surprise elements
Situational variables
The level of your Kubotan training
The methods that will be employed by your assailant

It is evident that the Kubotan will be much effective if used together with other measures of self defense, like carrying pepper spray or a stun gun. Also taking classes of self defense to improve one’s training.

What is a Kubotan and how to use it?

Watching the news or reading the news papers for few minutes a day is enough to realize the increasing crime rate in different regions around the world. Our personal protection is our own responsibility after all and we cannot always rely on the police who might not be available at the place or on the time that we need them.

Kubotan is one of my favorite self defense weapons, because it is easy to carry, learn and use under stress. Let’s see.

What is a kubotan?

kubotan stick It is named after the developer of kubotan, Takayuki Kubotan, and was meant for use mainly by the police officers. Its also known as kubaton, kobotan and kobutan.

A kubotan is a five to six inch long stick self defense weapon made of either steel, wood, strong plastic or other durable material. It is the modern version of the Yawara stick and very commonly used in martial arts and everyday law enforcement. It is very effective as a force amplifier and its use is only limited to your imagination, given its ease and simplicity. As it does not necessarily require you to be a martial student to understand how to use it, you can never go wrong hitting with a Kubotan.

What are the types of kubotan?

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Kubotans vary in form, there are the kubotan key chains, spikes ended kubotan, blunt ended standard kubotan and kubotan knives. Interestingly enough, there are kubotans that even carry ninja darts, pepper spray or carry mace in them. It is an effective aid to confrontation with its principal area of enforcing the attack when in self defense being: the flesh, bony areas and nerve targets like the groins, solar plexus, knuckles, eyes, nose bridge, spine, stomach, neck, forearms, temple, shins and ribs.

How to hold a Kubotan?

gripBefore understanding how to use it, it is important that you know how to hold it. Kubotan can be held in a forward grip; if planning to use it for stabbing or attacking pressure points, or in an ice grip, if planning to through hammer fist strikes. These are the basic applications of kubotan. These simple components are meant to enable you avoid getting frustrated and confused when struggling to remember particular strikes for particular targets. Simply remember to strike bony areas and stab or poke pressure points and nerve centers.


How to use a Kubotan?

Here is a demo of how the kubotan can be used in a self defense situation.

The strikes from kubotan are more effective at a close range; when the attacker is reaching out to push or grab you. A quick and snapping strike can be taken against the extending hand completely disabling it. The same punch can also be applied towards an in coming kick or punch. A small swerve away from the assailant attack may be needed then a quick, which does not necessarily need to be perfect, strike can be imposed on the attacker to disable him. The need for the blow not being perfect relies on the fact that the body nerves are close to the human body surface and especially in the bony regions; therefore, any glancing blow will inflict enough pain on the assailant.
The weapon rigidity enables you resist the assailant’s efforts strongly. In case you are already grabbed on to by an attacker, you can release yourself by poking or pressing the kubotan against attackers exposed region. In circumstances whereby you find yourself bear hugged, head locked or chocked, though your movements might be restricted, jamming the kubotans tip to whatever area you can reach in the assailants anatomy would still work.
The other method of releasing yourself from an attack is by snagging the attackers limbs ones they advance an attack on you. To be able to do this, you will have to hold the kubotan with some inches of it protruding, then hook it on the assailant’s part of the body and follow it with a strike.

In case you are pinned from behind, you may consider holding it like an ice-pick and stabbing it backwards into the attackers flesh.
The other simple method of defending your self using the kubotan, apart from poking and striking, is by either holding onto the keys and swinging the kubotan or holding on to the kubotan and driving the keys into the assailant’s face. When using kubotan, in self defense, it’s believed that you cannot make wrong movements, and because of its many ways to use it, there really is no correct way of holding it. Different strikes would require different ways of holding it which all depend on your preference and situation you find yourself in. Identify the most desirable targets which are always the collarbone, shin, kneecap, hip borne and ankle and strike.I will tell you ‘it’s one of the best and legally approve tools of self defense.


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