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.
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
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,
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
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
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.