I have been using Kubotans and Yawara sticks since I started training in the martial arts when I was twelve years old. There is something about them that intrigues me . Maybe it's the fact that you can totally dominate an assailant with a short piece of wood. Maybe it's because you can carry your weapon in plain view and people just think it's your keychain. I can't quite put my finger on it, so I don't. I just train with them and carry them with me at all times. As a police officer, I have to use them from time to time and they never let me down. This website is devoted to the promotion and general informaton about Kubotans and Yawara sticks. 99% of the people I talk to have never even heard of a Kubotan and have no idea what one is. Let's start there...
Invented by Soke Takayuki Kubota, the Kubotan is a highly effective, legal weapon that anyone can carry at anytime (at least in the U.S.). The Kubotan is an intermediate control device disguised as a keychain for your car and/or house keys. When used against an assailant it is capable of applying pain compliance, impact damage, or even shattering force if necessary. The proper use of this tool (like any other weapon, for that matter) is totally dependent on the amount of training received. But one of the great things about the Kubotan, unlike other weapons common to the martial arts, is that it doesn't require years of training in order for it to be effective.
Now, back on track...The Kubotan provides the much needed degree of force between weaponless defense techniques and the use of deadly force. When you strike with the Kubotan, the amount of pressure exerted is forced into a small, very precise surface area, thus increasing the damage inflicted dramatically.
A general rule to remember when thinking of employing the Kubotan is to strike the area of the body where bone comes close to the surface of the skin. The exceptions to this rule are the head and spinal column, which you should avoid altogether (especially for Law Enforcement). Bony areas that would be considered valid targets would be the collarbone, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, sternum plate, and rib cage. Certain large muscle areas such as the top of the thigh muscle can also be added, because of the configuration of certain Kubotan strikes.
Key things to remember are:
1) Be aware of your surroundings (situational awareness)
2) When you are attacked, explode into your attacker with speed and ferocity.
3) Quickly get away from your attacker and leave the area.
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