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KUBOTAN

Takayuki Kubota was born in Kumamoto Japan in 1934. It was here, at the age of 4 that he began his studies of Karate and Jitsu. Master Takayuki Kubota developed techniques utilizing a very old martial arts weapon called a ”Yawara Jitsu.” After small changes in the grip and adding a key ring (5 in length by 5/8"in diameter ) it is now known as the Kubotan. Kubota’s extensive experience in the martial arts and his training of law enforcement/security personnel has provided the fundamentals of KUBOTAN training.

Various police/security departments in the United States have experienced increasing attacks upon their officers. These attacks were often directed against female police/security/correctional officers or officers of smaller physical stature.

There was a considerable need for new TECHNIQUES which would allow the officer, regardless of size, to effectively defend him\herself and gain immediate control of a much larger or stronger subject. It is readily available to be used on particular areas of the body which may cause the subject to go to the ground quickly to be handcuffed and controlled with an absolute minimum use of force. An person does not require any martial arts training to use this tool effectively.

Kubotan Keychains:

The kubaton keychain is a miniature baton developed by the Japanese self-defence master Takayuki Kubota for use as a restraint device.

The self-defence techniques utilized in conjunction with the kubotan are extremely simple ones. They work by trapping the nerves in the skin between the two hard surfaces, these being the kubotan and one of the opponent's bones. If carried out properly, the pain is excruciating but very short-term, leaving no lasting injury of any sort.

There are non-lethal impact points suitable for the kubaton keychain along the spine, chest, and solar plexus, as well as pressure points along the arms and legs. Other, more damaging locations include the throat, eyes, and groin - but there are no guarantees that driving the kubaton into these locations will not resort in permanent injury to the opponent, so they should not be used except under the most grave of circumstances .

These techniques are simple to apply, but to make them effective you must understand how they cause pain, how your opponent will react to this pain, the best way to manage the effect, and how to control your opponent once you have used a technique.

In the course of its evolution, the human body has developed many methods that help ensure its survival in times of danger. One of the most effective of these methods is the release of a chemical known as Adrenaline. There are more than 150 different known physical responses to this chemical. For example, it makes the heart pump faster, sending blood to the muscles and making an individual stronger. It also numbs pain so that an individual can overcome either injury or over-exert himself to get away from danger. These things should be borne in mind when dealing with an opponent; if you apply consistent, unceasing pain using a kubotan keychain, the opponent will eventually panic. Adrenaline will surge into his blood supply to the point where he no longer feels the kubotan, and you'll quickly lose control of him. The secret is to apply pain to get compliance, then release the pressure once you have it. Reapply as needed to keep the pain going on and off. This will help calm your opponent's flow of adrenaline, helping you to keep him under control.

The kubotan keychain (or, for that matter, any weapon) has its limitations. When you are dealing with opponents under the influence of drugs or alcohol, both their pain threshold and adrenaline responses will be different. They may, in fact, not react to pain at all. In addition, opponents with serious mental health problems often fail to react normally to pain, fail to feel it, or just don't understand what is happening to them. This type of individual may also appear very strong for their size. The kubotan may be ineffective as a restraint under these circumstances.

Additionally, the kubaton keychain can be used as a jabbing or striking weapon. It has two different usable impact surfaces: the keys and the shaft. The kubaton can be delivered underhand or overhand while strikes can be delivered using a swing or jabbing technique.

These techniques include Jab with Keys, Jab with Shaft, Underhand Swing with Keys, Overhand Swing with Keys, Underhand Swing with Shaft, Overhand Swing with Shaft. Of course, the kubotan is only fully effective if delivered forcefully and accurately to the impact points.

It also suffers from the same limitation that all other short-range, hand-to-hand self-defence weapons have; you have to be in close, physical contact with your opponent to use a kubaton.

Suggested Reading: Kubaton Key-chain; Instrument of Attitude Adjustment by Takayuki Kubota (1985) Close Encounters; The Arresting Art of Taiho-jutsu by Takayuki Kubota (1998)


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