Buy a cheap copy of Bo, Sai, Tonfa and Nunchaku: Ancient book by Motokatsu Inoue. Free shipping over $ History: The bo is one of the five weapons systematized by the early Okinawan Current use: With dulled points, the sai is now a karate training weapon. Traditional use: Originally a bean or rice grinder, the tonfa’s circular NUNCHAKU. Kobudo Weapons: Bo, Tonfa, Sai, Kama, Nunchaku.

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Ancient Martial Arts of The Ryukyu Islands Bo Sai Tonfa and Nunchaku V. 1

The nunchaku was originally an agricultural tool used for threshing grain. Training extends only to yari kata, and these are not widely studied. As a fighting instrument, it allowed liocking and striking against a range of weapons.

Competitions, including free sparring and kata demonstrations with the jo, exist within the study.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. National competitions are still held, and women often compete with naginata against men armed with bokken wooden swords. The bo evolved from poles balanced across the shoulders to carry water or other loads. The sai is believed to have originated with the pitchfork.

The bokken is still used in place of the katana sword for training, competition, and demonstrations. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Ancient Martial Arts of the Ryukyu Islands: Bo, Sai, Tonfa and Nunchaku v. 1

The tonfa side-handle baton was developed as a weapon by the Okinawans, specifically for use in conjunction with karate. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with ssai warranty. Product details Paperback Publisher: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


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The tanto was used as a thrusting weapon in ciose combat, although it couid also be thrown. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Less awkward than the bo, the jo focused on basic biocking and striking maneuvers. It tests accuracy in striking and quick block-and-counter techniques.

But though weapons are not obligatory in this martial art, their use can double your strength, enhance your coordination, and make you a superior empty-handed fighter. Inwhen traditional weapons were confiscated by the Japanese military, Okinawan commoners utilized the kama as a fighting blade, often attaching a chain to the base for greater reach.

Get to Know Us. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Many schools of sojutsu the art of the spear were formed throughout history, each teaching different methods of yari fighting. In feudal Japan it was part of the bugei early Japanese martial arts and was used by samurai, nunchaki, and commoners alike. Developed by Okinawan farmers, the multi-pronged nunte was usually placed on the end of a staff to form a spear, but it couid also be thrown, or handled as a dagger or mace.

Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The nunchaku is a popular weapon for demonstrations. The katana is now primarily a popular weapon for kata competition and demonstrations. As a weapon, it was tonfq in conjunction with various karate stances and techniques, and in defense against sword attacks.


Used by men and women of the samurai class on sia and horseback, the yari has been part of Oriental weaponry for thousands of years. When used in competition it could be fatal, and samurai would often keep a bokken nearby while they slept, so intruders could be captured without spilling blood within the house.

The nunte is now found most often in kata competitions and demonstrations, either in the hand or at the end of a staff. Extremely strong wrists and forearms are necessary for this sport.

Weapons of Karate Home Weapons of Karate. Primarily a thrusting weapon, the yari existed saai several forms and styles, including the pipe spear and three-bladed spear. The blade was used to nunchaiu with wide, circular movements, and the butt could block or knock opponents off balance. Learn more about Bi Prime. The two equal sections were originally held together by horsehair and could be used against armed or unarmed assailants.