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 Kobudo is the art of traditional okinawan weapon use (Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchaku etc). These weapons, which were Okinawa's residents daily-use items (most being farming tools), were employed to counter armed opponents.

The unique fighting mentality of the Ryu Kyu island locals, combined with elements of fighting systems from Southern China as well as the japanese Budo (the way of the martial arts), were the ideal basis for the creation of Kobudo.

Training in both Karate and Kobudo completes the fighting ability of the karateka (person training in the art of Karate)

Kobudo develops the fighting spirit, it strengthens the body and also builds up explosive strength. It develops the imagination, as well as the ability to use several everyday items for self defence purposes (for example a belt, an umbrella, a pen, a jacket, a newspaper etc)

Kobudo's main weapons


 Βο  : ぼう 


 The bo, or kun, is a plain wooden stick. Initially it was used as a tool to carry weights, row boats and even as a walking stick by wayfarers.

The most widespread is the roku – shaku – bo, about 1.8 m long (6 feet) and 3 cm in diameter (about 1.2 inches). Its cross section is usually circular (maru – bo), but it can also be square (haku – bo), hexagonal (rokkaku – bo), or octagonal (hakkaku – bo).

Another similar weapon to the bo is the jo, a wooden stick about 1.2 m long (4 feet).



Tonfa  トンファー 

 tonfa  Tonfa (or tomfa or tunfa) is a wooden handle that was originally used by farmers as a millstone rotation handle. It remains popular even today, being used by police (PR – 24). Traditionally, tonfa was used in pairs, while today only one is used.





saiThe original sai's name was “jitte”. It was the only farming tool capable of withstanding a japanese sword (katana) cut. It was used in pairs, even in sets of three, to lock the opponent's weapon with one sai and strike with the other. The third sai was worn on a belt, to replace a sai thrown at the opponent. Its origin remains uncertain, since it is similar to weapons of China, Thailand, India, Vietnam and Malaisia besides the farming tools of Okinawa. It was also used as a weapon by domestic police forces (ufuchiku) in Okinawa.




Nunchaku     nun ヌン, chaku  

nun  Nunchaku was originally a farming tool. It was used to strike at rice or grain to seperate the seeds. It consists of two wooden sticks of equal length, connected by rope or chain. They are usually round (maru – gata) or octagonal (hakkakukei).  A similar weapon to the nunchaku is the sansetsukon, a wooden stick divided in three parts which are connected by chain.









eku Eku is a wooden oar, used by Okinawan fishermen as a weapon against armed opponents. It is 1.6 m long (about 5 feet) and heavier than the bo.











kama   Kama is one of the few bladed Kobudo weapons. It consists of a long curved one – edged blade, originally used by farmers (sickle). It is used single or in pairs. It can be found also in Malaisia, Indonesia and Philippines.











Tekkó (σιδερογροθιές, πέταλα αλόγου)
Tekko  It originally developed out of the ordinary horseshoe, and was used as brass knuckles. It is easy to hide, small and portable.

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