Kubotans are highly accessible, extremely durable, and very effective self defense weapons. They can be used for stabilizing your fist, applying pressure to sensitive parts of an assailant's body, swinging at, or gaining leverage on an assailant's wrist or fingers.
These defensive weapons are made of high-density aluminum and come in four different colors. They measure about 5 1/2" long, about 1/2" in diameter, and weigh about 4 ounces.
Kubotans have pointed tips. You can attach it to your keychain so you always have it with you.
Also referred to as the Yawara, it is designed to be used against bony surfaces, soft tissue, and nerve points. It is effective because of the temporary paralysis or extreme pain it causes. Especially for those without experience in a martial art, this weapon provides an inexpensive and easily learned method of self defense. Comes with the keyring so you can attach to your regular keychain.
It is not necessary to waste time or miss an opportunity by trying to be overly precise. It's better to react naturally.
Good targets are the groin, stomach, solar plexus, throat, eyes, arm, shin, hip bone, collarbone, ankle, and kneecap.
A sharp strike to a bony part of the body will painfully encourage an assailant to stop his or her attack. A harder, well-placed blow can easily break bones--especially if the force of the blow is not hindered by clothing.
The most basic applications involve striking or poking vulnerable areas of the body, including the eyes. Generally speaking, swinging strikes work better against bony surfaces while fleshy areas are more susceptible to pokes and jabs with the ends of the Kubotan.
There is no wrong strike! Just hit as hard as you can the closest body part.
With this concept in mind, a person avoids the confusion and frustration of trying to remember specific strikes for specific targets. Instead, one simply remembers to strike bones and poke soft tissue and pressure points.
The strike does not have to be perfect. Since nerves are close to the surface of most bony parts, even a glancing blow will inflict enough pain to make your assailant think twice about continuing his attack.
You can also use the keys that you have attached. You hold the kubotan and swing the keys. Most effective when you hit the face since there is a higher probability of drawing blood. The keys will scrape into the flesh and cause pain and bleeding. We have a keychain knife based on this principle.
Don't be squeamish! Do you think they care about you at all?
The kubotan is legal and entirely unregulated. To most people, the Kubotan is little more than a nondescript key ring. While it is not particularly intimidating, it remains an effective self defense instrument. It really can save your life.
These also work great as a glass breaker in the event of an accident where one couldn't exit through the automobile door(s).
An additional option similar to the kubotan is what is referred to as a tactical pen. This is a writing instrument made of strong metal that can also be used in the same manner.
There are various types of weapons that you can use for self defense, but keep in mind if they are suitable to carry around. Some weapons can be bulky, and others can pose a risk to you such as a pepper spray if it blows back into you. Using a kubotan is a useful weapon that can be easily carried with you.
Also called a yawara, it is a stick that is short in nature and made of either wood, PVC, bone, or metal. These materials are strong and very difficult to break or splinter. This handheld weapon will fit into the palm of your hand.
You will be able to store the keychain weapon in your pocket or your handbag or even on your key-chain. When used correctly, it can protect your life against an unknown attacker.
The important aspect of using a self defense weapon such as this is knowing how to use it in the correct manner. Below are some useful tips on using yours safely and with effect.
The Yawara is useful in causing a lot of pain when you use it to hit certain parts of the body on your attacker. The pain caused will give you an ample chance to flee from your attacker.
The areas to target are the nose, between the eye area, on each side of the neck, the throat, under the armpit, lower back near where the bladder is situated, the groin area, and any of the pectoral muscles.
Have a Firm Grip
Kubotans should fit into the palm of your hand with a few inches protruding out from each end of your hand. Don’t clinch it, but at the same time make sure your grip is firm.
There are different styles of these types so you would need to choose the one that you feel most comfortable with. Some have a flat end or a round end or a sharp end. You will need to decide which one appeals to you best.
Know how to Hit
The most important factor when using this device is to ensure that the tip of the stick makes the biggest impact when you thrust or jab. You can use either a downward, sideward, or upward thrust. And you can use it to cause pain to pressure points.
You will need to learn to make sure that you are able to transfer the strength in your arms into the hand region. This will ensure that you are using it to the best of your ability.
Another technique is to swipe at the face of your attacker while your keys are attached. This will scrape the flesh and cause bleeding and pain.
Practice Makes Perfect
You can make use of a punching bag or a dummy to perfect your skills with your Kubotan. The main aim is to build up your strength and perfect the areas that you would hit an attacker with.
Don’t wait until you’ll really need to use a kubotan to wield it. Practice for 30 minutes with it several times a week. This will help make you more confident in using it and build your strength. Try to focus on the main targets (use a dummy or a punching bag). The better you are at hitting your target, the more you can protect yourself.
The more accurate your hits are when you are practicing the more you will be able to protect yourself in real danger.