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How To Fight

Article #9

Kubotan


The
kubotan - the rod of pain - is a very popular self-defense weapon. It was invented by Soke Takayuki Kubota, who was born in Kumamoto, Japan, in 1934. It became popular in the mid-1970s when Kubota brought the weapon to the attention of the Los Angeles Police Department, which used it to subdue uncooperative suspects. It is now one of the most popular self-defense tools around.


























Kubotan Techniques


The kubotan is used upon bony surfaces, nerve points, and soft tissue, and is effective due to the temporary paralysis or deep pain that it inflicts. It is an inexpensive and easily learned tool: you will not require years of practice to become proficient in its use. It is very suitable for women. A kubotan can be employed in any martial art, be it kung fu, karate, ju jitsu, or aikido.

Kubotans can be made from metal, plastic, or wood, and are around five-and-a-half inches long, half an inch in diameter, and weigh about four ounces. They can have pointed or flat tips. If you attach your kubotan to your key chain, you will always have it with you if you get into a
street fight.

A
kubotan increases the power of a strike. The best pressure points to attack are the kneecap, ankle, collarbone, hip bone, shin, arm, throat, solar plexus, stomach, and groin.






Kubotan Self Defense


The self defense techniques to use vary with the situation. Swinging strikes work better upon bony surfaces, while pokes and jabs are best for fleshy areas. A sharp blow to a bony area of the body will discourage an attacker from continuing. A harder blow in the appropriate place can easily break bone, particularly if there is no clothing in the way. Because nerves are near the surface at most bony parts, even a glancing blow will deliver enough pain to make your attacker think again.






Kubotan Key Chain


Many self defense situations arise while holding keys, for instance while a woman is alone in a parking lot, concentrating on her handbag, and not looking around. At such times, you will be glad you put your kubotan on a key chain. If you have done so, you can use those keys. They are very effective when used upon the face. You just stick them in the person's face and run. You should not put your thumb in the key ring, because if somebody gets hold of it, pulling will break your finger. This is why people who put up soccer goal nets never wear wedding rings. It could get nasty.







Kubotan Tips


A kubotan can be deployed in a hammer fist strike, where the kubotan is held like an icepick: grasped in your fist with the pointed end facing downward. A hammerfist strike is a downward blow. If the kubotan is used upon one of the body's pressure points, it should be held with a forward grip, and a jab should be made with its tip. A kubotan will increase the power of your punches if held in a regular fist.

The human body releases adrenaline at times of excitement. The body reacts to this chemical in more than 150 ways: the heart beats faster, which sends blood to the muscles and makes a person stronger; and pain is numbed. So if you apply unending pain with a kubotan, adrenaline will surge in an opponent's blood, and he will no longer feel the kubotan. So pressure should be released as soon as the opponent complies, and then it can be done again with effect. A kubotan may be less effective if the opponent is drunk, under the influence of drugs, or suffers from mental health problems.






Are Kubotan’s Legal?


Kubotans are legal in most states, and you should know what is the case for your location.


Darren Day is a Briton who rose to fame as a singer. Police in the United Kingdom found he had a kubotan when he was stopped for DUI. The police deemed the kubotan an offensive weapon, and Day was found guilty of carrying one after a two day trial. A friend of Day had given him the kubotan twelve years previously, after growing weary of hearing that the singer had lost his keys.


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