How to use a Kubotan – Basics

How to Use a KubotanHave you ever needed a weapon at short notice which is easy to get to and can inflict a whole lot of pain? Who hasn’t? A Kubotan (sometimes spelled as Kubaton or Kobutan) is a self-defense weapon that you can put on your key chain. It is about 5 and a half inches long and half an inch wide. A Kubotan is a great compact self-defense weapon that is easy to use as well as easy to carry discretely.

The Kubotan has small grooves along the shaft so that you can grip easier. It is made from various materials such as metal, plastic and often polymer and when used correctly can cause severe pain. For example, if you hit the attacker in the appropriate spots you can definitely do some severe damage.

Basic Kubotan Techniques

There are a lot of basic techniques that even a beginner will be able to be able to perform. Here are some of those basic techniques that will help you to use your Kubotan more effectively.

  • Strike with a knife-thrust stabbing motion or a hammer fist action. You must use your thumb to make sure the end of the barrel is completely secure.
  • Push against areas of the attacker that are sensitive. This will help to repel the attacker. Aim for the upper lip, back of the hand, sternum, or upper rib cage.
  • There are other sensitive parts of the body that you could aim for such the groin (ouch!), shins, solar plexus, under the nose, and knees. Back of the neck and calves are great ways to cause the assailant severe pain.
  • Always use your free hand for blocking. You can even use your other hand as a weapon to jab your assailant in the eye. Be quick like a cat!
  • When you strike your weapon downward this gives you the space to get out of the way and move away from the attacker. You can then take this opportunity to run away.
  • It is important to remember to not put yourself in any more danger than necessary. Stick to the basics or you will be in serious trouble.

Kubotan Pressure Points and Effective Strike Locations

There are specific pressure points that allow you to inflict more pain on your assailant with your Kubotan. Below you can see a diagram of the exact pressure points to target using a Kubotan so you get them right every time.

effective kubotan strike points

Here is a list of some general pressure points that will cause serious pain when you strike with a Kubotan.

  • Top of the head
  • Front of the shoulder muscle.
  • Eyes, nose, temple, and top of the head.
  • Throat, armpit, nipple, and heart.
  • Skull, spine, back of the neck.

It also has been proven effective to study pressure points on your own body so you are prepared if there ever is an attack. While you can practice these pressure points on yourself, don’t do it when you are having a bad day. No need to hurt yourself.

Keep the Kubotan on your keys, in your pocket, or in your purse for easy access. No fuss, no bother.


The Kubotan can be an extremely helpful weapon for self-defense. This is a low-cost product that can be used by men, women, and any other experienced users. Knowing how to properly hold and use this weapon can be a great way to fight or scare off attackers.

Make sure you use it correctly, we wouldn’t want to have to bring Mom in on this one. May the force be with you.

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