Kobudo is basically a weapon based martial art that originated in the early 19th century from Okinawa – An island in South Japan. The popularity of this art has seen immense rise in the past two decades and this is why you will see various organizations and institutions offering Kobudo classes.
As far as these classes are concerned, the Kobudo lessons taught there are very exclusive and involve learning the following weapons.
- This is the most important weapon to be taught about in these classes.
- It is basically a 6 feet long staff and can be shorter or longer as well.
- It could be made up hard materials like red or white oak and in some cases, of flexible materials too like bamboo, pine or rattan.
- The art of using this Bo is given the name of Bojutsu and it can be ornated with stripes of metal along its sides with specialized grips in the mid.
- It is a three-pronged truncheon that has blunt ends.
- The two short ends are used for taping and breaking other weapons like Bo, sword, etc.
- This weapon is almost similar to side-handled baton and can be welded with one in each hand. The technique used in its application is almost like fighting empty handedly.
- This very popular weapon involves two pieces of wood or metal attached to each other with a chord.
- In the advanced version, this chord has been replaced by a stainless steel chain.
- The Chinese design is rounded, while the Okinawan is octagonal.
- It was popularized in Bruce Lee movies and is now common at the dojos.
- This weapon is a kind of farming sickle and has a relatively short handle with curved blade at the end.
- It is relatively more difficult to learn, but with the expert staff of Kobudo classes, you can learn using it like an expert.
Other very common weapons that you can learn operating thorough the kobudo lessons are – Tekko and Surujin.