Kobudo

What is kobudo?

Kobudo is the study of weapons.

Our kobudo syllabus covers Okinawan and Filipino weapons.

In feudal Japan, Okinawan farmers were force to use whatever equipment they had to hand to defend against the marauding Samurai.

At our academy, you will learn how to hold, manipulate and to use these weapons for both attack and defense.

You will also learn techniques that combine weapons with Ju Jitsu.

The weapons

The first set of weapons you will learn in your kobudo training  are listed below:

Nunchaku

Image of a set of Nunchaku

Image of a set of Nunchaku

The nunchaku is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope.

Modern-day nunchaku can be made from metal, wood, plastic or fibreglass. Toy and replica versions made of polystyrene foam or plastic are also available.

Possession of this weapon is illegal in some countries, except for use in professional martial art schools.

Tonfa

Image of a set of Tonfa

Image of a set of Tonfa

The tonfa also known as tong fa or tuifa, is a melee weapon best known for its role in the armed component of Okinawan martial arts.

It consists of a stick with a perpendicular handle attached a third of the way down the length of the stick, and is about 15–20 inches long.

Bo Staff

Image of a Bo Staff

Image of a Bo Staff

A bō is a very tall and long staff weapon used in Okinawa and feudal Japan.

Bō are typically around 1.8 m (71 in) long and used in Japanese martial arts, in particular bōjutsu

Sai

Image of a set of Sai

Image of a set of Sai

The sai is a traditional weapon used in Okinawa.

The basic form of the weapon is that of a pointed, prong shaped metal baton, with two curved prongs (yoku) projecting from the handle (tsuka).

There are many types of sai with varying prongs for trapping and blocking.

Jo Staff

Image of a Jo Staff

Image of a Jo Staff

A jō is an approximately 1.27-metre (4.2 ft) wooden staff, used in some Japanese martial arts.

The martial art of wielding the jō is called jōjutsu or jōdō.

Today, the jō is still used by some Japanese police forces.

Katana

Image of a Katana

Image of a Katana

Historically, katana were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords that were used by the samurai of feudal Japan.

The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

Kama

Image of a pair of Kama

Image of a pair of Kama

The kama is a traditional Filipino and Japanese farming implement similar to a sickle used for reaping crops and also employed as a weapon.

Escrima

Image of a pair of Escrima

Image of a pair of Escrima

Escrima sticks, or Baston, are typically constructed from rattan, an inexpensive stem from a type of Southeast Asian vine.

Hard and durable yet lightweight, it shreds only under the worst abuse and does not splinter like wood, making it a safer training tool.

This aspect makes it useful in defense against blades.