The Kubaton is a small baton developed by a Japanese self-defense master for use as a restraint device. The Kubaton proved so effective in law enforcement work that it has become one of the most commonly carried martial arts weapons in the United States. The Kubaton combines functionality and convenience and sometimes is attached to a key chain for even more convenience. It is light, inexpensive, easy to use, legal in most areas and available from a variety of retailers.
The self-defense techniques used with a Kubaton are very simple ones. They work by trapping the nerves in the skin between the two hard surfaces (the Kubaton and the opponent’s bones). If used properly, the pain is excruciating and leaves no lasting injury. There are non-lethal impact points on the body suitable for the Kubaton. These are along the spine, chest, solar plexus, and various pressure points along the arms and legs. Extremely effective locations include the throat, eyes and groin, but these locations may lead to permanent injury to the opponent. These techniques are easy to apply, but you must understand how they work, how your opponent will react, the best way to manage the effect, and how to control your attacker after using the technique.
The human body has many methods that ensure its survival in times of danger. One of the most effective methods is the release of a chemical called Adrenaline. There are dozens of physical responses to Adrenaline such as making the heart pump faster, sending blood to the muscles and making an individual stronger. It also numbs pain so that an individual can overcome injury or exhaustion to get away from danger. These things should be recognized when dealing with an opponent and if you cause consistent pain using a Kubaton, the opponent will eventually panic. Adrenaline will surge into his body and he will eventually no longer feel the Kubaton. The secret is to apply pain in only the amount necessary to get compliance and then release the pressure. This will slow your opponent’s flow of adrenaline and help you to keep him under control.
When you are dealing with opponents under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their pain threshold will differ. They may not react to pain very quickly or at all. The Kubaton may be ineffective as a restraint under these circumstances, so you need to judge accordingly.
In a different approach, the Kubaton can be used as a jabbing or striking weapon. The Kubaton can be used underhand or overhand with a swing or jabbing technique. Of course, the Kubaton is only effective if used forcefully and accurately to the impact points. It does have the same limitations that all short-range, hand-to-hand self-defense weapons have. You must be in close physical contact with your opponent to use a Kubaton. If you are elderly or physically challenged, the Kubaton may not be the best self-defense weapon for you.