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The origin of the Kubotan dates back to the late 1960’s and was named after its inventor, Soke Takayuku Kubota. It has been used for self defense purposes since then. Its design is based on the “Hashi Stick” (another invention from the Kubota family and is similar to the “yawara stick” or “koppo sticks”.

Don’t underestimate the Kubotans short and simple design. A Kubotan is around five to six inch long stick self defense weapon made of either steel, wood, strong plastic or other durable material but makes for a very effective as a force amplifier and its use is only limited to your imagination, given its ease and simplicity. 


Kubotans are one of the least legally restricted self defense items in the United States but they do have a few exceptions such as how they’re prohibited as carry-on items for air travel or entry in government buildings like a courthouse.

How to hold a Kubotan

First things first, it is important to understand how to properly handle it. When using Kubotan, in self defense, it is believed that you cannot make any wrong moves, and due to its many options, there really is no right way of handling it. Different attacks would call for different techniques, depending on what kind of attack you’re trying to do, and whether you plan to attack pressure points or throw hammer fists. These basic parts are designed to help you learn the basics of Kubotan without having to worry about remembering specific moves for specific targets. It can be carried as a keychain, so you will always have it close by especially since you’ll never know when you’ll need to use it but it’s best to already have it in your hand.

Where to strike

Most inexperienced people think the Kubotan is just a key nob, but its minimalist style can be useful for striking an attacker in a vital spot. When you’re trying to break someone down, you must take advantage of any weakness you find in them. Don’t hesitate to use whatever means you have to ensure that you win. If an assailant tries to attack you, don’t hesitate to fight back. You should aim to hit boney areas and cut off blood flow to the brain. Pressure points are another great target as well as wrists, groin, throat, shin, hip, ankle, kneecaps, philtrum, ears, temple, or base of skull also make good striking focal points. These places are often found close to the surface of the body, so they are easy targets for strikes. Pressing against these areas also causes pain, so you can use this to force compliance. Referring back to where you can attach your keys via the key ring, simply by holding the Kubotan, if you start swinging your keys around on the end, you have now created yourself a flail. In cases where you may get pinned from behind, try holding it like an icepick and stabbing it backwards into the attackers flesh. You do not need to stop at one strike. Use every point you practiced, swing at your attacker as if your life depends on it, stab at their eyes, and hammer into their face until they are disabled or you are able to get away.

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