A weapon can be any tool or instrument used to
effectively defend oneself against a stronger attacker or
attacker’s weapon. Weapons are used to increase the efficiency
of activities such as hunting, fighting, self-defense,
crime-fighting, law enforcement, and war.
The following are a few weapons which we train selected students
Okinawan Knuckle Duster. Although the Tekko can be seen
throughout Asia in different shapes, sizes and types, a look
into its origin in Okinawa tells us that the first Tekko to be
used was a horse’s shoe.
Although they may vary in length and shape, the standard Bo or
Kun is the straight, six foot long, flexible bamboo stick. A
very useful weapon when used for defense against another Bo or
Sai. Can be used for blocking, thrusting and stabbing.
In Okinawa, the forerunner of the Nunchaku was the bit used as
part of the bridle for a horse. Next came the construction of
two hardwood sticks that were securely connected by rope braided
from horses' tails. Today the sticks are connected with rope or
Originally a wooden handle fitted into a hole on the side of a
millstone, used by Okinawa's for milling grain. Oak and cherry
wood are today's most popular materials for making the Tonfa. A
very effective weapon used by police forces throughout the
The kama is one of two bladed weapons used in Kobudo. The kama
has a long, curved, single-edged blade used for mowing or
reaping a farmer's crop. It was fashioned very effectively for
self-defense use. It has the capability of killing or maiming
quickly and effectively. It is recommended that when training
alone with a live-bladed kama you keep the protection covers
over both blades.
A shuriken is literally a "sword hidden in the hand". A
traditional Japanese concealed weapon that was generally used
for throwing, and sometimes stabbing or slashing; they are
sharpened hand-held blades, originally made from a variety of
everyday items such as needles, nails, and knives, as well as
coins, washers, and other flat plates of metal.
Shuriken are commonly known in the West as "throwing stars" or
"ninja stars" though they took many different shapes and designs
during the time they were used.