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 comes in four different colors. They measure about 5 1/2" long, about 1/2" in diameter, and weight 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 key ring 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, the arm, the 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.
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 kuboton 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 kuboton 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.