Kubotan self-defense training

Thursday, July 21, 2011 @ 08:07 PM

Please watch this video about how to use the Kubotan. The Kubotan is a very effective weapon for women. I was very fortunate to meet Mr. Kubota years ago in his studio in Glendale, California, when I I was writing my book, Not An Easy Target. He spent a number of hours with me showing me basic Kubotan “moves.” He taught me various wrist and neck-lock takedown, as well as how to use the baton to slash an attacker’s face and eyes. Today, in my seminars to women, I demonstrate how to use the weapon. When walk in parking lots and malls, I carry it in my strong hands with my keys dangling down from the end of it. I’ve noticed many people, especially men, eyeing it cautiously, and sometimes a person who seems intent on approaching me will shy away from me at the last moment. In an elevator one day, one man asked me whether I was an off-duty police officer: “I’ve seen cops carrying those,” he said. “I’m not a copy.” I told him, “but I’ve been trained by the police.” He didn’t say anything after that. Besides functioning as a deterrent, the mini-baton is a symbol to its owner. One of my students told me that when she holds her mini-baton, it prompts her to be aware of her surroundings. “It’s such a good reminder,” she says. “It keeps you on your toes.”

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