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Kubotan keychains are simple, yet effective self-defense tools. One of my favorite self-defense weapons is the telescopic steel baton. I love Filipino martial arts and the Escrima sticks. The telescopic steel batons are similar but more conveniently sized until needed. But I still can’t say enough about Kubotans. They are sometimes referred to as mini batons; what you lose in impact reach, you gain some versatility.

Also called yawara sticks, (or spelled kubaton), the kubotan is a highly accessible and effective non-lethal defense tool attached to your keys. Kubotans can be used to apply pressure to sensitive parts of an attacker’s body, stabilize your fist, or gain leverage on an attacker’s wrist or fingers.

Kubotans can be effective on both bony surfaces and soft tissue, while also causing temporary paralysis or extreme pain on nerve or pressure points. Think of the difference between stomping on someone’s foot with a normal flat shoe or stepping down with a high heel. Both will hurt, but the power is greatly intensified when all of the pressure is concentrated into a much smaller and more compact surface area.

Kubotans can provide an inexpensive and easily learned method of self-defense, even for individuals without previous martial arts experience. Increasing the power of any strike, it is far better to not waste time and react naturally without missing an opportunity by trying to be overly precise. Kubotans are rather forgiving, as there really isn’t a wrong strike. It doesn’t need to be perfect, just hit as hard the closest body part as you can. Even glancing blows may inflict enough pain to make an attacker think twice about continuing his attack.

If you are taking aim, some good soft targets for a kubotan are the temple, face, solar plexus, throat, groin, stomach, and arm. Some effective harder targets could be the top of the skull, collarbone, hipbone, kneecap, shin, or ankle. But there are plenty of nerves close to the surface of most bony parts if you miss. Specific nerves such as the radial or meridian on the arm, or femoral, peroneal, or sciatic on the leg are great choices. A good sharp strike to any bony part of their body should persuade an attacker to back off. If the force of the blow is not hindered by too much clothing, an even harder, well-placed strike can easily break bones.

Aggressively poking or striking vulnerable areas of the body are the most basic applications for kubotans. Generally speaking, fleshy areas are more susceptible to sharp pokes and jabs with the ends of the Kubotan while hammering strikes work better against bony surfaces. Without trying to think too hard about it, you can avoid confusion and frustration by simply remembering to poke hard into the soft tissue or pressure points and strike hard on bones. You can also hold the kubotan and swing the keys in a very compact and deliberate blow to the attacker’s face or throat.

Our kubotans are made of aircraft-grade aluminum and come in black, blue, red, and silver colors. Simply attach your kubotan to your keychain and you will always have it with you.

Kubotans are not particularly intimidating and are seen as little more than a non-descriptive keychain by most people. But it remains an effective self-defense instrument for those enlightened by the power a Kubotan can unleash. Kubotan keychains are entirely unregulated and legal just about anywhere, in case you live in a jurisdiction that limits your ability to keep yourself safe by banning firearms, pepper spray, or stun guns.

It really can save your life. How can you beat that for under $10.00?

Be Safe, Be Prepared.


See Also: Tactical Pens for Self-Defense and Everyday Carry (EDC)

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