Kobudo (MA Weapons) Classes at the Arizona Hombu Dojo, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Arizona
The Okinawa martial art of Kobudo goes hand in hand with Karate. Just like soul mates, these two martial arts are inseparable.
KOBUDO CLASSES. Kobudo Classes (martial arts weapons) at the Arizona Hombu dojo on the border of Mesa, Chandler & Gilbert, AZ focus on kata (forms), bunkai (practical applications from kata), and controlled kumite (one step sparring). All students are recommended to attend kobudo classes, but children are required to reach a level of blue belt before attending and they are required to wear safety goggles in kobudo classes. Adults are requested to wear safety glasses.
Kobudo is thought to have developed following a proclamation by Okinawan King Shoshin in 1480 AD that banned bladed weapons on the island nation. So many Okinawan people hid blades while others learned to use their tools of trade as weapons. Thus, some farmers began training with bo (6-foot staff) used to transport goods, some fishermen used rope and rocks to produce suruchin and some merchants used rice grinder handles and horse bridles to develop tonfa while stirrups and horseshoes became tekko for devastating punches.
Traditional Okinawan weapons are numerous and include yumi-ya (bow and arrow), ishi-yumi (cross bow), katana (sword), tanto (knife), naginata (pole arm or glaive), yari (spear), tuja (3-prong spear), nunchaku, sansetsukun also known as sanbon nunchaku (3-sectional nunchuku), tonfa (side-handle baton), sai (fork-like weapon), manji no sai (sai with one prong directed in opposite direction), nunti (7-shaku pole with manji no sai attached to one end), kama (sickle), kusarigama (kama with attached chain and weight), nitanbo (two sticks), bo or rokushaku bo (staff), hasshaku bo (8-shaku staff), kyushaku bo (9 shaku staff), jo (4 shaku staff), sanjaku bo or hanbo (3-shaku staff), kubotan (short stick), eku (oar), ra-ke (rake), kuwa (hoe), hari (fish hooks), nireki (hand rakes), surichin (weighted rope or chain), tinbe (short spear or machete with leather shield), tetsubo, suruji, tekko (horse stirrups), gekiguan (stick with weighted chain or rope attached to one end), techu (short stick or metal rod with center ring), take no bo (cane), uchi bo (two rods of unequal length attached by rope or chain), kasa (umbrella), ogi (fan), kanzashi (hairpin), kisiru (tobacco pipe), mame (dried beans or pebbles for throwing), kaki (firearms) & more. At the Arizona Hombu, members learn many of these traditional weapons including some that are everyday tools found in our houses, cars and offices. For more information, review the following links:
Nunchaku or Nunchuks