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Martial Arts and Real-World Self-Defense - Using the Kubotan Self-Defense Keychain

Jeffrey Miller

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The most surprising thing that my students learn when I teach a seminar or workshop on the Kubotan self-defense keychain, is just how many things can be done with this simple-looking little tool. And that, is part of it's power!

Many people, including would-be attackers, underestimate the effectiveness of the Kubotan. After all, it looks like a fat pencil and is barely big enough to fit extend from the closed hand that's holding it. But that is where the magic begins.

While most teachers focus on using the Kubotan in an overtly aggressive manner, I teach my students to use this powerful little weapon to “attack the hidden spots" - the places where your assailant can neither see nor protect. . .

. . until it's too late.

The Kubotan has three basic functions, or methods, by which it can deliver the maximum amount of damage with a minimal amount of effort on the part of the defender. This methods are:

1. Levering or crushing

2. Striking, and. . .

3. Scraping

And, when done against specific targets on the opponent's body, the results can be devastating.

The three attack methods can be used in a variety of ways against specific “sensitive areas, " known as kyusho (pronounced “kyoo-show") in Japanese. These three areas, or target types, are. . .

1. Pressure points (these are the same ones used in accupressure and accupuncture for healing)

2. Soft areas (like the eyes, thinner skin in the insides and backs of the arms, lips, etc. ), and. . .

3. Bone structure (especially areas not covered by muscle).

The Kubotan self-defense keychain is a very powerful weapon, even in the hands of a novice. In fact, I would say that it's the best first-weapon for the beginner or person with no formal training looking to give themselves the advantage of a weapon, without the longer learning curve usually required.

Jeffrey M. Miller is the founder and master instructor of Warrior Concepts International. A senior teacher in the Japanese warrior art of Ninjutsu, he specializes in teaching the ancient ways of self-protection and personal development lessons in a way that is easily understood and put to use by modern Western students and corporate clients. He is the author of the book, KUBOTAN: Self-Defense Keychain and the best selling Safety DVD, Danger Prevention Tactics: Protecting Yourself Like a Pro To learn more about self-defense and other subjects related to the martial arts, self-protection, personal development & self-improvement, you can subscribe to his online newsletter, at


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