Kobudo Art

Kobudo fighting system was replica handbags outlet  developed in Okinawa, (an island off the coast of Japan) using weapons, some of which were from the every day life of farmers, while others were introduced to the Ryu Kyu Islands of Okinawa through trading with the Chinese and Indian cultures.

Most weapons used in kobudo resemble farming tools employed by the natives of the Okinawa Islands. The weapons-based fighting that Okinawans secretly practiced, and many of the types of weapons they practiced with, had strong Chinese roots, and examples of similar weapons have been found in China and India, pre-dating the Okinawa adaptations.

It is only natural that while Okinawan martial artists, who were prohibited from carrying weapons, began to develop ways of using ordinary tools, fishery and farming equipment as tools of self defense. And as they kept adapting these ordinary tools into fighting and self defense weapons, Kobudo the Okinawan martial art of weaponry was born.

Weapons of Kubudo

Depending on where you study replica givenchy handbags  and what the lineage of a particular Ryukyu Kodudo Style, you will need to study a primary weapon and a secondary weapon and their relative forms: 

These weapons are listed below:

1) SAI (short sword  or forked metal clubs)

2) BO (six foot staff

3) TONFA (wooden handle)

4)   NUNCHAKU (small 2-section staff)

5) KAMA (sickles)

6) EKU or KAI (fighting oar),NITANBO (double short sticks)

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8) TEKKO (metal knuckle-dusters)

The Bo is a six-foot staff, tapered at either end. It was developed from a farming tool called a tenbin: a stick placed across the shoulders with baskets or sacks hanging from either
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The bo, along with shorter variations such
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The bo is considered the 'king' of the Okinawa kobudo weapons. The bo is the earliest of all okinawa kobudo weapons (and effectively one of the earliest of all weapons in the form of a basic staff), and is traditionally made from red or white oak.

Sai - Kobudo WeaponThe Sai is often believed to be variation on a tool used to create furrows in the ground, it is more likely that these weapons are from India and were introduced to the warrior class of Okinawa via the Chinese.

A sai appears similar to a short sword, but is not bladed and the end is traditionally blunt. The two shorter prongs on either side of the main shaft are used for trapping other weapons such as swords or bo.

The sai originally reached Japan in the form of the jitte or jutte, which has only a single prong. Both are truncheon-like weapons, used for striking and bludgeoning.

Nunchaku - Okinawan Kobudo WeaponA Nunchaku is two 
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The nunchaku was popularized by Bruce Lee in a number of films, made in both Hollywood and Hong Kong.

The Tonfa is more readily recognized as the police nightstick. It supposedly originated as the handle of a millstone used for grinding grain.

The tonfa is traditionally made from red oak, and can be gripped by the short perpendicular handle or by the longer main shaft.

As with all Okinawa kobudo weapons, many of the forms are extensions of 'empty hand' techniques, adapted for weapons combat.

The Kama; the only one to possess a blade, the traditional farming sickle, and considered the hardest to learn due to the inherent danger in practicing with such a weapon.

For more information on Okinawan Kobudo the readers may consult the Okinawan Karate and Kobudo, at:  
Kobudo Okinawan Martial Weapon Arts web site.