Okinawan Kobudo is roughly translated into the Ancient Way of Peace, but more importantly, it is the addition of training with ancient weapons from Okinawan history. Isshinryu uses 3 of these weapons, the Bo, Sai, and Tuifa (AKA Tonfa). Okinawan Kobudo, has other weapons, which are not usually associated with Isshinryu, which include, Nunchaku, Kama, Eku, Tinbe-Rochin, Sansetsukon, Nunti, Kuwa, Tekko, and Suruchin.
The Kobudo curriculum’s goal is to teach traditional Okinawan Kobudo (Weapons), starting with the Bo. So what does it mean to be a traditional Bo? Traditional for the purpose of this class is learning to use the weapon in a way that represents real usage, and not fancy “tricks” as performed on the XMA circuit. Emphasis will be placed on proper striking and blocking techniques with the weapon, culminating in 2 person drills, and finally learning the kata.
NOTE: Kanji or Okinawan writing starts in the top right of a page, and works downward, and to the left. Opposite of English, which starts from the top left and works right, then down.