Open Hand / Impact Weapons course, we place a wooden
dowel in front of each student just before we cover
anatomy. During that block of instruction, students
are encouraged to poke and prod their own bodies to
identify specific points and judge effectiveness on
One of the many things the CQCG advocates is ALWAYS
having an impact weapon IN your hand whenever possible.
Instead of looking at the differences in weapons we
concentrate on what they have in common. Whether it
is a flashlight, pen or kubatons
you can do all the same techniques.
The wooden dowels served the purpose but I wanted something
more uniform that we could offer the students. I began
to search the net for some decent Kubatons and found
hundreds of faceless Ninja sites before I stumbled across
Alpha Innovations owned and operated by Jeff Ferrand.
It seems Jeff's family has been in the injection
molding business for about 40 yrs. John's interest
in combatives and martial arts led to the natural progression
of him forming Alpha
Innovations and beginning to make Kubatons.
After getting two in the mail the fist thing I noticed
was the quality of construction and how “clean”
they looked. By this stage in the game you would think
I would be beyond what I did next… I struck the
back of my hand with the Kubatons.
It is amazing the amount of force the tapered tip concentrates
on a small surface area resulting in some pain and tingling
Later that day I spoke with Jeff on the phone and started
discussing the idea of Koppo sticks and some other nasties
that the CQCG had come up with that seemed to be right
up his alley.
Needless to say the wooden dowels will be replaced at
the next MCS course by Alpha Innovation's Kubatons.
I found Jeff to be a gentleman and
easy to deal with and I encourage anyone looking for
some heavy duty, low cost impact weapons to contact
Innovations. I would also stay tuned for some collaborations
between Jeff and the CQCG.