“Karate and kobudo start with etiquette. This must be practiced until second nature. Only then can a student truly begin the study of karate and kobudo.”
– Soke Hausel (grandmaster of Seiyo Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo)
KOBUDO CLASSES. Most members attend kobudo classes. Since we teach many weapons, we recommend students specialize in a weapon of choice, until they reach shodan (1st black belt) level. Kobudo developed as a response to Okinawan King Shoshin banning bladed weapons in the 15th century. Some responded by using tools of trade for weapons.
These include tuja (3-prong spear), nunchaku, sansetsukun, tonfa, sai, nunteibo, kama, kusarigama, nitanbo, bo, hanbo, kubotan, eku, ra-ke, kuwa, hari (fish hooks), nireki (hand rakes), surichin, tinbe, tetsubo, suruji, tekko, gekiguan (stick with weighted chain attached to one end), techu (ring stick), take no bo (cane), kasa (umbrella), ogi (hand fan), kanzashi (hairpin), kisiru (tobacco pipe), mame (dried beans or throwing pebbles), kaki (firearms). We also teach members to use common everyday tools.
BO-JUTSU (Rokubo, Bo, Staff). Members of Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu train with rokubo as part of karate training. Nearly all Okinawan karate schools incorporate kobudo into the teaching curriculum. Depending on a person’s expertise and ability, members have an opportunity to learn basics, self-defense (bunkai), and as many as 10 Okinawan bo-justu kata, along with a Japanese samurai form.
NUNCHAKU (Chuks, Nunchuks). Nunchaku is not just for swinging; in fact, most self-defense applications use chucks as an extension of karate techniques. The nunchaku is used for blocking, striking, & restraining. In addition to learning basics and self-defense applications, students have an opportunity to learn as many as 6 kata.
TONFA-JUTSU (tonfa, tuifa). At one time, the most common police baton in the world, was a side-handle baton known as tonfa. This is a very effective self-defense tool. Our students have the opportunity to learn 3 Okinawa karate, along with basics and self-defense applications.
KAMA-JUTSU (kama, gama). A great farming tool and a formable self-defense weapon. Kamajutsu students learn self-defense applications, basics and 3 Okinawa kata.
SAI. A three prong tool, likely derived from China, some Okinawans adapted this tool for self defense. Our students learn to use this tool for self-defense, and have an opportunity to learn as many as 5 kata.
TEKKO. Horseshoes anyone? Tekko, known as Okinawan knuckle-dusters, are typically found around barns. Horseshoes, stirrups, sticks, can be modified and made into tekko.
NUNTEI BO. A bo with manji no sai attached to one end. Originally used by fishermen to spear fish and hook fish nets.
KUWA. If you like gardening, you’ll love kuwa. We train members to use kuwa in kata and self-defense.
SANSETSUKON (3-sectional staff). This tool came from China and was adapted to karate.
NITANBO. Two sticks (typically about 2-feet in length) used in self-defense.
TSUE (Take no bo). A very nice tool that can be taken anywhere.
EKU (iiku). The eku is simply an oar. As you can imagine, this tool is a great self-defense weapon.