Weapons - Kobudo
At Kushindokai we practice kobudo (weaponry) for students at green belt level and higher. The weapon that we primarily focus on is the bo (staff), although we also practice nunchaku as well.
About the Bo Staff
The bo is part of a collection of Okinawan farm tools that were also used as weapons. The bo itself is a stick about the height of the individual that was used to carry heavy loads, such as water buckets, with the bo proportioned across the back of the neck and shoulders and the loads suspended from each end. Okinawan farmers became skillful in handling the bo because it was an object they used every day and was readily accessible. To them, it was an extension of their hands.
About the Nunchaku
The nunchaku is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope. The two sections of the weapon are commonly made out of wood, while the link is a cord or a metal chain. The nunchaku is used as a training weapon, since it allows the development of quicker hand movements and improves posture.
Allegedly adapted by Okinawan farmers from a non-weapon item, it was not a historically popular weapon because it was ineffective against the most widely used weapons of that time, and few historical techniques for its use still survive. In modern times, nunchaku were popularized by actor and martial artist Bruce Lee.