Okinawan Weapons

There are many weapons in the traditional Okinawan arsenal, which began as everyday household and farming implements: long staff (bo), oar (eku),
horse harness (nunchaku), grinding handle (tuifa/tonfa), sickle (kama), and truncheon (sai), to name but a few.

Why would anyone want to practice using such old means of self-defense? The benefits of training are manual dexterity (your hands become accustomed to working various tools), body conditioning, being able to move swiftly and smoothly while under stress, and being able to use anything within reach if needed.

Beginning with the fundamentals, students will progress to the detailed movement patterns known as “kata” that define the underlying concepts of movement and defense.

 

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