KOBUDO CLASSES - the Ancient Okinawan Art of Weapons
In 1480 AD, King Shoshin of Okinawa outlawed bladed weapons because of his non-violent Buddhist philosophy & concern over recent civil war. However, the Okinawan people were more concerned for personal safety; thus, the art of kobudo (Okinawa Martial Arts Weapons) evolved with peasants developing martial arts weapons using tools of trade.
Without a standing army, Okinawa was invaded in the early 17th century by well-armed samurai from Japan. At this point, it was illegal to practice any form of martial arts; even so, peasants continued to train in karate and kobudo in secret using farming & fishing implements. Okinawan martial artists were very creative in methods to disguise martial arts weapons in plain site.
Dr. Teule (from France) practices kobudo at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate with Ryan Harden with tonfa (Okinawan rice grinder handle). (Above photo - Rich Mendolia trains with Shihan Neal Adam, PhD, using kuwa.
Kobudo (ancient Okinawan martial arts weapons) is taught in our martial arts schools in Arizona, Utah & Wyoming. Kobudo & kobujutsu are martial arts that use Okinawan & Japanese weapons including Nunchaku, Sansetsukon (3-sectional nunchuku), Tonfa (side-handle police baton), Sai, Kama (sickle), Gusarigama, Hanbo (half-staff), Nitanbo (two sticks), Kibo or Kioga (expandable baton), Kuai or Tsue (Cane), Bo (staff), Katana (Samurai Sword), Yari (spear), Naginata, Kobutan, Eku (oar), Ra-ke (rake), Kuwa (hoe), Manrikigusari (rope), Tanto (knife), Hari (fish hooks), Nireki (two rakes), Surichin (weighted rope or chain) & more. These are taught to all Seiyo Shorin-Ryu karate students in our martial arts schools including those in Arizona.