What is a Zubo?
The Zubo™ is a massage tool developed by Ollie Batts for use by massage therapists, dancers, martial artists, and others who want to loosen up muscles and soft tissues or clear blocked energy meridians. It was designed to preserve fingers and hands when applying pressure. Ollie has also demonstrated how it can be used to mobilise the fingers, wrists and hands.
How to use a Zubo
The Zubo can be used in many different ways in a self defense situation. There are several ways to hold a Zubo, as Ollie demonstrates in the video below. The Zubo can be used to apply pressure to sensitive areas of an attacker's body. These include the sternum, the wrist, the neck, and various painful nerve points.
It can also be used to strike an attacker, to shield against their strikes, or to pinch a thin fold of skin to cause pain and distraction.
Ollie Batts shows how to use the Zubo in Self Defense
This video was filmed at a seminar where Ollie taught participants how to manipulate the Zubo and how to use it in self defense. He demonstrated several ways to escape from an attacker, as well as ways to control them.
Enter the Zubo
Other Self Defense Tools
In my opinion, the most valuable self defense tool available to most of us is... our brain. Use forward-planning to avoid dangerous situations whenever possible. If you find yourself in a bad situation, you need to get out of it as quickly as possible:
- Use your voice
- Use distraction
- Make sure other's nearby realise you need assistance - scream or use a personal alarm
- Avoid physical conflict, if possible
- Think about escape, first and foremost
If you feel more confident using a self defense tool, the Zubo is ideal. Alternatives include perfume spray which can be used to attack the eyes and cloud the vision. In dark areas, a torch could be used to dazzle an attacker. Small coins, sweets, or even soil which can be thrown into the face to distract the attacker. Pens can be used to prod or poke sensitive areas - see the tactical pen below.
Carry a Torch, not a Weapon
A light and strong flashlight, ideally waterproof and shock proof, is a very useful tool in self defense situations. Choose one with a strong aluminum body, a crenellated bezel, and a push-button power switch that can be operated with one hand. If you are anxious about the area you are in, carry the torch in your hand with the light off. If approached, flick the switch and point the torch directly into the person's eyes. This should dazzle the other person, giving you a chance to see who it is, and take any necessary action.
Strong and light torch, with waterproof aluminum body, and a crenellated bezel. Can also be used for detecting fake money or stains.
Is it legal?
Whether or not it is legal to carry a particular self defense tool depends on where you are. If you are uncertain, it is a good idea to check with your local police department.
Avoid carrying illegal weapons, if you don't want problems with the police. Also avoid carrying sharp objects that could be used against you. Everyday objects, such as a torch, keys, a perfume spray, pens or a Zubo massager can be useful for personal defense, without infringing laws. If in doubt, don't take the risk.
Noise and attention are an attacker's worst enemy is attention. Personal alarms require no training to operate, so they can be used by anyone young or old. This model is a dual function emergency tool, with a very loud 130 dB alarm, and a backup security screamer whistle built into the end of the alarm, in case you forget to replace the batteries.