Kubotan: Diminutive And Subtle But Packs A Punch

By: Carlton Straeker

Something as subtle and diminutive as a Kubotan, or mini-baton, can transform a mild-mannered and law abiding citizen into an effective fighter against a daunting criminal. Kubotans come in different designs and materials, thereby concealing their function. One type is fashioned as a keychain of about 5.5 inches in length and made of metal in different colors; the tip might be pointed or flat, depending on your preference. I prefer the black one with a pointed tip since it is less visible to the public eye and exerts more pressure with the same amount of force applied than the one with a flat tip. Others are made to appear like a fat Sharpie from Cold Steel; however, its thick polymer skin can withstand hard impacts; it is appropriately called, "Sharkie."

I find the keychain Kubotan practical since I can always carry it attached with a set of keys. More so, it is readily available for use at anytime anywhere since it is legal to carry in most, if not, all states. Firmly held with your weapon hand, which is the dominant hand, the Kubotan's strike areas are:
1. The bony parts of the body, which induce sharp pain.
2. The nerve centers, which render limbs such as arms and legs useless in gripping, punching, striking, or kicking.
3. And vital areas such as the temples, eyeballs, and lymph nodes, which induce permanent injuries and even death.

Certain martial arts, particularly a style of Filipino stickfighting called Serrada Escrima, greatly enhances the efficiency of the Kubotan. This art was founded by the late Grandmaster Angel Cabales. With Serrada Escrima's flowing techniques as close to trapping range (a term coined by Bruce Lee for his Jeet Kune Do style of martial arts) between combatants sometimes, a Kubotan in the hands of an escrimador can unleash devastating strikes to an unsuspecting perpetrator. The frequency, speed, quality, and location of blows can render anyone combat ineffective in a matter of seconds.

In the liberal and politically correct state of California, it is considered a felony under the penal code to carry a stick or any length rod in public that might be construed as a weapon. On the other hand, carrying a cane or walking stick is perfectly legal. Ironic isn't it since the latter devices can generate more impact at their tips due to their longer lengths? Therefore, an innocent looking keychain Kubotan might be the perfect companion as well as an equalizer against a bigger and stronger opponent.

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