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What is a Kubotan weapon and why it's effective

Product EvaluationLance Murray3 Comments

A Kubotan is a pressure point weapon, a self-defense keychain weapon developed by Sōke Takayuki Kubota in the late 1960s. It is typically no more than 5.5 inches long and about half an inch in diameter. The material is usually of a hard high-impact plastic. The body of the Kubotan is lined with six round grooves with a screw eye or swivel and split ring attachment at one end for keys.  The Kubotan keychain was originally based on a small bamboo weapon called the "hashi stick", an invention by Kubota's father Denjiro. Its popularity grew in 1969 to 1970s when Kubota, at the request of Senator Edward M. Davis then former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, created the weapon and began training female officers in its application. It is often touted as extremely effective in breaking the will of unruly suspects with painful locks and pressure point strikes. Because of this, the Kubotan is also sometimes dubbed the 'instrument of attitude adjustment'. The principal targets in self-defence include bony, fleshy and sensitive parts such as knuckles, forearms, the bridge of the nose, shins, stomach, solar plexus, spine, temple, ribs, groin, neck and eyes. The Kubotan is usually held in either an icepick grip (for hammerfist strikes) or forward grip (for stabbing, pressure point attacks and seizing). Common uses include hardening the fist for punching, attacking vulnerable parts of an assailant's body, and gaining leverage on an assailant's wrist, fingers and joints.  As a pressure point weapon it can attack any point a finger can, but with greater penetration because of the smaller surface area at the ends.   A typical pain compliance technique involves seizing an attacker's wrist and sealing both hands around it with the length of the Kubotan laid across the radius bone. Downward squeezing pressure is then applied to the bone to take down the attacker.

The Kubotan may appear as an innocuous key fob to the untrained eye. In some cases however it may be recognized and considered an offensive weapon in some jurisdictions. In the United States there are few legal restrictions on Kubotans, with the notable exception that they are prohibited as carry-on items for air travellers.  Improvised versions of the Kubotan can be readily found and put to use. Because a Kubotan is just a rod of a hard material, any restrictive regulation would most likely be ambiguous and undefined due to the ability for any common item to be used in a kubotan-like fashion. In this respect, the Kubotan can be substituted by everyday items such as hairbrushes, pens, markers, flashlights, small wooden dowels and even electronic cigarettes.  A Kubotan weapon can be a good choice for you, especially if you usually have it in your hand, ready to use at any time, but it is a short effective distance of your arms length, meaning that you have to be in contact of your assailant in order for it to work, you can't throw it and expect it to be of any effectiveness.  If you decide to carry a Kubotan and plan to use it for your defense then you'll have to practice using it and should take a self defense class. This is very important because taking a self defense class will help you to know how to react correctly when the time comes, therefore you will have greater success at defending yourself and getting away.  There a lot of video's out there for you to watch but actually taking a class and practicing is best.  Check out this video, it's one of many that will give you an idea of what it will do when used properly.

Remember to be aware of your surroundings and look in peoples eyes, that will help a lot.  Thank you for visiting my blog and stay safe.