Kubotan for Self Defense

By: Steven Rubin

My first experience with a Kubotan made me a true believer in their effectiveness.

It was an autumn day about 5 years ago when I was walking home from a local softball game. I was approached by a rather large man who asked me for a light for his cigarette, when I said “I don’t have one" he grabbed my arm and said “then how about your money". I reached into my pocket but instead of money, I pulled out my Kubotan and jammed the end hard into his forearm.

As he pulled away screaming in pain, I wrapped my fist around the Kubotan and prepared to punch him in the face, but it never came to that because he backed away saying “I was only joking" to which I replied “if that’s your idea of a joke, don’t quit your day job".

The Kubotan was originally introduced by Grandmaster Takayuki Kubota.

Its popularity began in the mid-1970s when Grandmaster Kubota brought the weapon to the attention of the LAPD and began teaching officers how to effectively use the Kubotan to subdue unruly suspects.

The Kubotan gradually expanded toward civilian self-defense application and is now one of the most popular and widely carried self-defense tools around.

The Kubotan is often seen as an oversized key ring ornament.

The end of the Kubotan is a very effective pressure point weapon that can attack any point a finger can, but with greater effectiveness.

If someone grabs you from behind, you can jam the end of the Kubotan into their hand or forearm causing instant pain to your attacker.

The principal targets for use in self-defense are boney parts, such as forearms, back of hand, shins, or even the rib cage, but no matter where a person gets hit, it’s likely to hurt quite a bit.

The Kubotan can also be used to stabilize your fist for punching.

Kubotans are highly accessible, extremely durable, effective self-defense weapons. The Kubotans are 5 inches long and made of aluminum. They come in various colors and have either pointed or flat tips.

Kubotans are considered non lethal and are legal in most states, but as with any self defense weapons, you should check the legality of Kubotans in your own area.

And as with any weapon, they are intended for self-defense purposes only. If you were to attack someone unprovoked with a Kubotan you would still be guilty of a felonious assault.

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