Most people have heard of karate, and they know that the Okinawans also used weapons to defend themselves. They recall the nunchaku (nunchuks) from Bruce Lee and maybe even the sai from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Okinawan weapons have made their way into pop culture, but there is actually a whole art dedicated to the various implements of Okinawan origin.
(Kobudo Collection of Bruce Heilman, Hanshi)
Okinawa Kenpo Kobudo is a system that utilizes many old weapons developed over generations. Popular weapons such as bo, sai, and tonfa feature prominently in the art. However, we also utilize a wide variety of more rare tools like the tekkos, nunti, eiku, etc.
Learning Okinawan Kobudo is a careful process as practitioners must keep themselves and their training partners safe. Weapons are introduced in a strategic order, starting off with the relatively safe bo and working up to higher risk weapons like the nunchaku and kama (sickle).
Students who participate in the kobudo program will find their open hand style enriched by the body movements and deep study of concepts like leverage, distance, and timing. Practitioners of many different styles have tried kobudo and found it very rewarding.
One extremely valuable aspect about Okinawan weapons is how transferable they are to everyday implements. Many of the weapons were developed from regular tools the Okinawans had nearby. As such, our every day tools and possessions can use the fundamental lessons learned in kobudo for modern self defense.
We can teach martial arts beginners as well as individuals with years of experience in established arts. If you’d like to learn more, reach out to us and we’d be happy to arrange a time for you to visit and chat with us.