Kobudo (MA Weapons) at the Arizona Hombu Dojo, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Arizona
KOBUDO CLASSES. Kobudo Classes (martial arts weapons) at the Arizona Hombu dojo focus on kata (forms), bunkai (practical applications from kata) & controlled kumite (sparring). Students are recommended to attend kobudo classes, but children are required to reach a level of blue belt before attending and 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. Thus, some Okinawan people learned to use tools of trade as weapons. Farmers experimented with bo (6-foot staff) used to transport goods, fishermen used rope and rocks to produce suruchin and merchants used rice grinder handles and horse bridles to develop tonfa while stirrups & horseshoes became tekko for punching.
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