The Kubaton: Unasumming & Awesome Weapon

Because the Kubaton is often times associated with Martial Arts weapons, one may assume that this “short stick” wields an ancient history like many of its counterparts. However, this is not the case. The Kubaton was developed in the later half of the 20th century by Grand Master Takayuki Kubota, founder of the Gosoku-ryu style of Karate.

        Born on September 20, 1934 in  Kumamoto, Japan, Kubota  was a  self defense instructor for the Tokyo Police department in the 1950s where he was noted for his practical style in karate.  In late 1964, after having been invited to give a demonstration at Parker’s First Annual International Karate Tournament in Long Beach, California, Kubota permanently relocated to America where he taught self defense technique at the Los Angeles Police Academy for several years; and it is during this time that the kubaton was invented.

Initially designed for female LAPD officers as a tool to restrain suspects without permanent injury. The kubaton is often touted as extremely effective in breaking the will of unruly suspects with painful locks and pressure point strikes. It is because of this, that the kubaton has been dubbed the “Instrument of Attitude Adjustment.”

Originally made of hard high impact plastic, the kubaton keychain is about 5.5 inches long and 0.56 inches in diameter. The body is lined with six round grooves for added grip, and there is a screw eye with a split ring attached to one end for keys.  Today, there are many other forms and variations of the original design available, ranging from aluminum alloy to spiked, pointed, tapered ones to more offensive looking “ninja” models that have blades, spikes, hidden darts, or pepper spray.

However the design, the principle areas of attack are unanimous. The kubaton is generally held in an icepick or forward grip, and is used to attack bony, fleshy, and nerve targets such as knuckles, forearms, the bridge of the nose, solar plexus, temple, etc. A few common uses for the kubaton include hardening the fist for punching and gaining leverage on an attacker’s wrist, fingers, and joints. Also, because the kubaton is small enough to attack anywhere the finger can, it can also be used as a pressure point and pain compliance weapon, as well as a flailing tool when keys are attached.

Lastly, due to the size and shape of the kubaton, many of the self defense techniques learned can be replaced by everyday items such as flashlights, pens, and markers, making the kubaton a versatile and great weapon to have under one’s belt!

We offer the Kubaton Course to both students and non-students, i.e. family members and relatives! Check it out!


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