|Posted by Dan Hausel, Soke on November 1, 2015 at 11:05 AM|
Over the past several months, a group of karate students at the Arizona Hombu Karate School have been training in a unusual martial art known as kobudo, and more specifically as kama. The karate students have been taught about the history of this martial art as well as its use and self-defense applications. After many months of training in this karate and kobudo art, two martial artists from Chandler and Phoenix tested for certification in the martial art at the karate school in Mesa, Arizona.
According the martial arts history, nearly 500 years ago, Okinawan King Shoshin, issued a proclamation to the people of Okinawa to surrender all bladed weapons. Some suggested the proclamation was a result of Shoshin’s fear of revolution, others believed it was because of his Zen Buddhist non-violent education - but in either case, it opened Okinawa to be invaded by foreign entities: Japan obliged and simply walked into Okinawa uncontested.
Because of the proclamation some Okinawan people began to develop the martial art and combat art of kobudo and kobujutsu in secrecy; whereby, common, everyday farming, fishing and merchant tools were converted to personal self-defense weapons and practiced with karate (the empty hand). One of the many tools used by farmers on Okinawa was a sickle - known as kama. The kama was often used in pairs and practiced as an extension of karate and included classical blocks, strikes, slices, cuts and parries. Locally, kama was modified to include straps and even chains to increase striking range.
In order to certify in kama in Shorin-Ryu, students and instructors are required to learn three traditional kata (forms) of the kama and to understand how each and every move in these kata are applied to combat and self-defense. Master instructor Neal Adam, 6th dan of Phoenix and student Ben Moeur, 3rd kyu brown belt of Chandler, passed certification exams in October and will be presented documents at the Arizona Hombu dojo Tuesday evening, November 3rd, at 6:45 pm, by Grandmaster Hausel. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.