You may be asking, "What is a kuboton?" Indeed, I spelled it wrong in a few other references within this blog. A very enterprising Japanese martial arts trainer by the name of Kuboto, sold this simple four or five inch by half inch device (kuboton) to the LA Police Force, along with a few techniques for use, as a means of restraining defiant arrestees. Mr. Kuboto and his kuboton is not new, although he has to be credited most of all, for his enterprise.
In virtually every culture old enough to have a culture of its own, there is a version of similar devices and techniques. In street fighting within the old-style gangs of the 50's and 60's in the United States, it was a large nail or rail-road spike and called a fist-load. My Dad, an American Indian, knew of methods involving a small stick or rock, which was used in virtually the same way as the Kuboton.
So what is a kuboton? It's a small stick made of aluminum, wood, plastic, rock, or what have you. As cited above, it is about five inches long and half inch in diameter, just long enough to be grasped fully, while still protruding from ones fist. One or both ends can be sharpened, but it is not necessary. It is often grooved in such a way as to prevent slippage from ones hand or off of another's limb or finger, which may be plied this way or that in order to induce compliance via pain inflicted by the device. Kuboto recommended its use as a key-chain, in order to marginally increase functionality, and, as far as I am concerned, to increase the likelihood that it will be on ones person when needed.A comb, although not ideal, might even be used as a Kuboton.
Many security screeners are now aware of what a Kuboton is and will exclude it if recognized while going into a secure area including boarding a plane. My best suggestion is to make your own, out of a five inch piece of wooden dowel with faces carved onto it like an Eskimos totem pole, or left smooth and have your initials painted colorfully to make it look more like a charm or keepsake. Another option is an over-sized pencil, cut to fit.
Another very useful combination device that can be used as both a key-chain and a kuboton--is a small, intensely bright pocket flahlight, of the kind used for denfensive shooting. Some are even designed with a wicked bezel striking end. The bright light itself can provide addition functionality and deterence to an attacker--if used to night-blind them, strike, and get away.
There are a lot of fancy Akido holds and joint manipulation which can be done by one experienced in Akido. However, if you knew Akido, the kuboton would probably be more of a hindrance than a help. The usefulness of the Kuboton in my own estimation is severalfold in practicality.
- It adds substance to instinctive strikes, scrapes, and pinches, requiring little training.
- It can be easily carried and concealed.
- It is inexpensive. A pen or pencil could be used as a kubaton.
- As a key-chain, which is how I recommend carrying it, it is usually available to you--assuming you drive or carry other types of keys. It also makes it hard to lose your keys.
- It gives you a cue or a reminder of what to do, in the event you are attacked, as you are, after-all, armed (albeit with a small stick).
- The use of the kubaton can be carried to virtually any level of expertise, thereby providing you with a self-defense mission by learning more and more.
Using my own Delta Force three points system is aided by the use of a kubaton. The process, represented by the three corners of the Greek letter known as Delta, is comprised of:
- Do nothing! And greatly increase the probability of dying!
- Distract, depart, doge and dart.
- Distract, disable, depart.
Distract is a key element in my simple system. Flinging the keys into the face of the attacker may be sufficient to distract him long enough to depart, dodge, and dart. And if used without hesitation, and very aggressively, the kuboton could provide the edge needed to survive an assault--Disable.
How do you use it? You strike your attacker viciously with the kuboton at his face gouging and pinching them until they let you go. That's the simplest answer. And it is good enough. Using the stick will be instinctive. But to elevate the use of the kuboton for the sake of discussing, you aim for the soft points and the pressure points. The eyes, adams apple, neck, both front and back, top of head (soft spot), solar plexus,under and above the collar bone. And you gouge and pinch and twist in order to inflict the most pain upon the arms and fingers of his attacker, until he lets you go. Then you depart, post haste, and dodge and dart.
The kuboton is worth considering. I have just learned of a Sure-Light brand shooters flashlight, which is quite expensive, but which has been designed to be used as a kuboton. Considering that the high-intensity beam by itself could distract and repel an attacker long enough to make sure your escape, it might also be worthy of looking at.
Personally, I believe in bigger is better, such as a cane, steering wheel lock, or umbrella, all of which are visible to your potential attacker and considered in his decision whether or not to attack you, or a knife, pepper-spray, or a knife, or a gun for those serious about defending themselves. But if you are not inclined to use one of these available methods a kuboton-type device would be better than nothing. It also doesn't hurt to carry one of these in addition to one of the others listed above.
For those more serious about specific targets using a kuboton, do a search for "death blow" to find a host of references, which show exact, lethal pressure points.
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