Kobudo Tonfa. £ £ Click the image to see the full canvas artwork. Selected artwork from the Hooded Arts clothing range are available as striking box. Weapon training class at the Santa Ana dojo during the month of September will be Tonfa. Any questions regarding Kobudo class, please speak with Senpai.

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Hausel poses for Hall of Fame induction photo at the. Posted by Soke Hausel at 2: The tonfa is more readily recognized by its modern development in the form of the police Side-handle batonbut many traditional tonfa techniques differ from side-handle baton techniques.

The tekko is usually made to the width of the hand with anything between one and three protruding points on the knuckle front with protruding points at the top and the bottom of the knuckle. There is much controversy over its origins: The bo is the earliest of all Okinawan weapons and effectively one of the earliest of all weapons in the form of a basic staffand is traditionally made from red or white oak. Possibly because of the unique ‘traditional setting and atmosphere of the dojo’ – and much of the training is in Japanese.

Charles trains with Ryan Harden at Mesa Gilbert dojo. A nunchaku is two sections of wood or metal in modern incarnations connected by a cord or chain. But others suggest the weapon was indigenous to Okinawa and there may have been a parallel evolution of weapons in other Asian countries. Leather cords are used for practice or kumite, whereas chains are favored for demonstration, but rope most commonly of hemp was the original material used. So what is a tonfa?


Arizona’s Guide to Tonfa – Martial Arts Weapon of Self-Defense

One of the basic moves for this weapon utilizes the fact that a fisherman fighting on the beach would be able to fling sand at an opponent. The tonfa can also be wielded in such a way as to use the knob as a striking implement similar to a okbudo. The size of tonfa is determined similar to sai and should extend about one inch beyond the elbow for combat: It is a weapon which can be easily hidden prior to use, and due to this fact can be devastatingly effective.

The spearhead then protrudes from the shaft and can be found in many differing designs varying from spears to short swords and machete-style implements. The same strikes and blocks used in kobudo are used in karate with some minor modifications.

Okinawan kobudō – Wikipedia

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. With the close relationship between China and Okinawa any connection between kobdo two countries must always be considered. Watch out for that tonfa! Large amounts of energy can be imparted to the kobydo by twirling the tonfa by the handle.

The edge of a traditional rice sickle, such as one would purchase from a Japanese hardware store, continues to the handle without a notch, as this is not needed for its intended use. The tonfa may have originated as the handle of a millstone used for grinding grain. Imagine, fighting another martial artist with these wooden weapons with no protective gear. And that is because they have all learn self-control.

Typically, two tonfa were used in vertical and horizontal millstones with projecting knobs inserted into sockets on either side of the stone. Retrieved from ” https: They all came out of the exams with only a few minor bruises. Its length is determined by measuring from the tip of the elbow to the wrist. Weapons similar to the tonfa are found in other Asian countries including China, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.


They can be made of any hard material but are predominantly honfa in aluminium, iron, steel, or wood. Even so, our students also learn to use just one tonfa. Join our training sessions at 60 W.

This is highly unlikely as metal on Okinawa was in short supply at this time and a stick would have served this purpose more satisfactorily for a poor commoner, or Heimin.

Okinawan kobudō

After the students learn kihon basicsbunkai applications koubdo, ippon kumite sparring and kata forms of tonfathey will be tested for proficiency in this tool and then move on to learn other weapons along with karate empty hand training. Guai is thought to have originated in China prior to BC.

This is one of many kobudo weapons that is used at the Arizona Hombu dojo in ChandlerMesa and Gilbert in the east valley of Phoenix. The weapons of kobuod are thought to have connections with farming and fishing cultures of Okinawa.

The weight of the weapon is important. The styles listed below may practice strictly weapons, or may practice another martial arts usually karate as well. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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