KOBUDO (MA Weapons), Arizona Hombu Dojo (East Valley Phoenix), Mesa, AZ
"Karate and kobudo start with etiquette. This must be practiced until second nature. Only then can a student truly begin the study of karate and kobudo."
- Soke Hausel (Founder of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate
KOBUDO CLASSES. Kobudo Classes (martial arts weapons) at the Arizona Hombu dojo focus on kata (forms), bunkai (practical applications) & controlled kumite (sparring). All students are recommended to attend kobudo classes, and wear safety goggles.
Kobudo likely developed following a proclamation by Okinawan King Shoshin in 1480 AD that banned bladed
weapons. So, some Okinawans learned to use tools of trade for 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 & horse bridles to develop tonfa while stirrups & horseshoes became tekko.
Traditional Okinawan weapons are numerous and include tuja (3-prong spear), nunchaku, (the traditional chuks) sansetsukun (aka sanbon nunchaku) or 3-sectional staff, tonfa (side-handle baton), sai (fork-like weapon), manji no sai (sai with one prong directed in opposite direction), nuntei-bo (bo 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 traditional weapons including some everyday tools in our homes, cars and office. For more information, review the following links:Arizona Kobudo