KOBUDO

What is Kobudo?

Kobudo is a weapon-based martial art. It focuses on kata, weapon manipulation and combat.

Kata is a series of moves and techniques similar to a choreographed fight or dance. Although usually performing independently, sometimes katas can involve two or more people.

Weapon manipulation is learning how to perform particular techniques such as blocks, strikes and tricks.

Combat with weapons (kobujitsu) is performing locks and throws on a uki (another student)

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What weapons are traditionally taught in Kobudo?

There are many traditional weapons in Kobudo. We teach: Nunchaku, Sai, Tonfa, Jo, Bo, Katana, Wakizashi, Kama, Escrima, Naginata, Kobutan and Hojojutsu.

Nunchaku

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.

Sai

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.

Tonfa

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.

Jo Staff

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.

Bo

Bo

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.

Katana

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.

Wakizashi

Wakizashi

The wakizashi has a blade between 30 and 60 cm (12 and 24 in), with wakizashi close to the length of a katana being called ō-wakizashi and closer to tantō length being called kō-wakizashi.

The wakizashi being worn together with the katana was the official sign that the wearer was a samurai or swordsman.

Kama

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.

The word Kama is a literal translation of word Sickle.

Escrima

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 defence against blades.

Naginata

Naginata

Naginata were originally used by the samurai class of feudal Japan, as well as by ashigaru (foot soldiers) and sōhei (warrior monks).

The naginata is the iconic weapon of the onna-bugeisha-archetype, a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility.

Kobutan

Kobutan

Kubotan for Self Defense Purposes. A Kubotan is, in essence, a mini stick used for self-defence.

The kubotan (or Kubaton or Kobutan) is a unique self-defence weapon that is approximately the size of a thick pen or magic marker and it often has a key ring attached to its end.

Hojojutsu

Hojojutsu Rope

Hojōjutsu is the traditional Japanese martial art of restraining a person using a cord or rope.

Encompassing many different materials, techniques and methods from many different schools, Hojōjutsu is quintessentially Japanese art that is a unique product of Japanese history and culture.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Classes are from £7.50 per student. Every additional class is 50% off.

We would encourage our younger students to train away from their parents. This helps them develop their social skills and interact with other children in the club.

No, students wear sportswear for the first few sessions. Gis can be purchased upon registration directly from SSJJKA.

Our members range from 4 to 74 years old. Kobudo is a martial art which you can practice at almost any stage of your life.

Kobudo is suitable for all levels of fitness. Training sessions are designed to help improve your fitness and to cater to all abilities.

Under 13s and new students use foam based weapons to ensure safety and mitigate risk. When they are proficient with the weapons they move on to real ones.

Students start out learning to use the weapons individually, and when they are proficient they train with other students to learn to defend themselves.

It is legal to own all weapons on this website, which can be purchased from the club. If you are travelling to and from the club with your weapons, you must carry your membership book at all times.

Kids Classes

Friday
Kobudo 19:00 – 19:50
Saturday
Kobudo 11:15 – 12:00

Adult Classes (13+)

Wednesday
Kobudo 18:30 – 19:30