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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Training includes katabunkai applications and ippon kumite controlled sparringwhether they are in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, India, Vietnam or were ever they might be.

List of styles History Timeline Hard and soft. But the weapons-based fighting that they secretly practiced and the types of weapons they practiced with had strong Chinese roots, and examples of similar weapons have been found in China, Malaysia and Indonesia [3] pre-dating the Okinawan adaptations.

The tonfa can klbudo be wielded in such a way as to use the knob as a striking implement similar to a hammer. Mobudo can be used in pairs. When the handle is grasped, the shaft protects the forearm and hand while the knob tsukagashira and tsuka protects the thumb. Some karate systems include weapons standard in their curriculum, while others may offer weapons training optionally.

Its length is determined kobudp measuring from the tip of the elbow to the wrist. It is a weapon which can be easily hidden prior to use, and due to this fact can be devastatingly effective. kbudo

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

Large amounts of energy can be imparted to the shaft by twirling the tonfa by the handle. Imagine, fighting another martial artist with these wooden weapons with no protective gear. It is a generic term coined in the twentieth century. Hausel poses for Hall of Fame induction photo at the. The weapons practiced by each style are listed. With the close relationship between China and Okinawa any connection between these two countries must always be considered. The tonfa became popular worldwide as a night stick used by law enforcement personnel.


Generally, weapons systems are not automatically formalized as karate koobudo.

These karate systems may or may not be listed here. It was perhaps developed from a farming tool called a tenbin: Some of these kobudo weapons kobkdo The weight of the weapon is important. This mill was not used for any Okinawan weapons. Three traditional grips 1 natural honte mochi2 reverse gyakute mochiand 3 special grip tokushu mochi are used.

I suspect there was some influence by Heimin societies, simply because it lobudo often discussed in Okinawan folklore and also these kobudo weapons were tools of trade for the commoner, something a member of the koudo society of Okinawa Pechin would likely have ignored.

They can be made of any hard material but are predominantly found in aluminium, iron, steel, or wood. As a result, as a law-enforcement weapon, the tonfa became awkward and under-used. Chinese nunchaku tend to be rounded, whereas Okinawan ones are octagonal, and they were originally linked by horse hair.

The sansetsukon is similar to a nunchaku, but has three sections of wood or metal in modern incarnations connected by a cord or chain.

Kobudo Tonfa

Arizona karatearizona kobudoChandler KarateGilbert KarateHauselMesa karatephoenix karatetempe karate. At this point, the millstone was driven along a trough to grind grain into flour. In the modern era, found with a bladed instrument at one end and a weight at the other, the surujin techniques are very similar to those of the nunchaku.

George Mumford from Boston, trains with tonfa at the.

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.


Some individual schools may teach additional weapons not necessarily taught by others in their system. The tonfa, the classical night stick also referred to as the PR and side-handle baton, has been used by law enforcement agencies around the globe, but few officers really know how to use this baton.

The bo was also possibly used as the handle to a rake or a shovel.

Junior Kobudo – Tonfa – Genbu-Kai News

Retrieved from ” https: Thus it has more pragmatic application to Shorin-Ryu martial artists and the Japanese police. They do not include all those from the Matayoshi, Uhuchiku and Yamanni streams however. It is one of the least known Okinawan weapons. In this context, it is thought that tonfa may have been developed from a wooden handle of tonca millstone, a common agricultural tool.

kobido The bo is considered the ‘king’ of the Okinawa weapons, as all others exploit its weaknesses in fighting it, whereas when it is fighting them it kobuddo using its strengths against them. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The edge of a traditional rice sickle, such as one would purchase from a Japanese hardware store, continues to the tonnfa without a notch, as this is not needed for its intended use.

The weapon is metal and of the truncheon class with its length dependent upon the forearm of the user. The kobudo traditions were shaped by indigenous Okinawan techniques that were modified from imported methods principally from China. The tinbe-rochin consists of a shield and spear. They all came out of the exams with only a few minor bruises.