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When strictly translated, the Japanese word kobudo covers all ancient martial traditions, armed or unarmed, of Okinawa or Japan. Today, when specifically referring to Okinawan traditions, the term kobudo is most often used to describe the weapons traditions of the Ryukyu Islands.

The weapons used in Kobudo that evolved from everyday farm tools and instruments are:

Kama

Is rice-harvesting hand sickle, which has short blade set at right angle to a hardwood handle. This weapon was used either single or in pairs for close work, when it could slash, hook, chop, or deflect in a wide range of basic combination tactics.

Tonfa

Used as a handle to turn the hand of perated millstone when grinding rice. It is a tapered hard wood billet between 15-20 inches in length with a short projecting side handle set about 6 inches down the billet.

Bo

Originated with the tembin, a stick held across the shoulders usually with buckets hanging from each end and used to convey food, water etc. when the need arose, the tenbin or the Bo as it is known today was manipulated to strike or blocks in techniques.

Sai

Was originally used for digging in the soil for planting seeds. The SAI originally was capable of killing an enemy with a blow to the neck or a thrust to the throat. Sai is a trishul type of weapon.

Nunchaku

The Nunchaku is constructed of two hard-wood sticks which were securely connected by rope braided from horses tails. In a defensive situation, it could be used to strike, block, hit, twist and pinch.

Eku

Eku is the paddle that was used in Okinawa, which came to be used as a weapon of defense.


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