How to Use a Kubotan

One of my favorite weapons is the kubotan.  I prefer the ones made with metal alloy because they hold up well, are strong and reliable, and will not break when you use them.

The kubotan is a handy weapon that can be carried as a keychain.  Much more effective than using your keys, and you will always have it with you when you need it.

The techniques for using a kubotan can be used as effectively with pens, toothbrushes, the handle on eating utensils, sticks – anything that is handy will work just as effectively.  Tactical pens are used in the same way.

The thing about carrying a weapon is it is never there when you need it.  You have to reach for a gun or open your knife, but when you attach your keys to your kubotan, you have it in your hand, ready to go.
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Qi – Life Force

Chinese character for chiThere is a power within each of us, but few are aware of how powerful we really are.  This is our life force, and it is known simply as Qi.

The word for “life force” is written three ways:  chi, ki, or Qi (pronounced “chee” or “kee”).  In this article, it is spelled “Qi”.

Ki is the Japanese spelling, and chi or Qi are used interchangeably or when designating a specific Chinese art, such as qigong or chi-kung (pronounced “ki-gong”) or tai chi (pronounced “tie chee”).  However, the meaning of “chi” in tai chi comes from the concept of yin and yang, and is not the same concept we are discussing here. Continue reading “Qi – Life Force”

Why Learn Self-Defense

woman knees man in groin
Check out those heels. A perfect weapon.

Why learn self-defense? 

What is the value of knowing how to defend yourself?  Women are at a greater daily risk for assault than men.  How many precautions do you take during the day to assure your safety?

Do you carry your keys ready to strike, check your backseat before getting into the car, park in a lighted area, never go out alone after dark?  Here are four things most women do every day as second nature.  Do men take these kinds of precautions?

It is a brave woman who will come forth and talk about a rape to a room full of men who have no clue what she is feeling. A room full of men who have had their own sexual exploits have taken advantage of their fair share of women.

A man has his fun, his fling, and forgets about the woman he’s hurt. She is the one that carries the memory.

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Empowering Self Defense

 

 

There are new terms cropping up to define woman’s self-defense; empowerment defense; feminist defense.  Whatever the style is called, the driving idea behind these schools is this:

Why spend years studying the martial arts when you can learn to defend yourself in a short amount of time without all the philosophy and practice?

In an attempt to quiet that claim, here is my experience with that question.  My karate adventure started in June of 1985.  The first day I walked into the dojo, I was hooked in the first five minutes.  I loved the discipline and the exercise.  My body quickly became strong and fit.  But the main reason for taking this class, besides wanting to learn to ward off attackers, was that Continue reading “Empowering Self Defense”