Okinawans went to horse sheds, fishing boats, merchant stores to get weapons - yes, tools like forks, knives, sticks, paddles, fishing hooks, hoes, rakes; and they practiced often to develop extraordinary skills to defeat armed samurai and others. Will this happen to us? Most likely. So, bury those guns and start practicing with frying pans, shovels, rocks, etc.
At the traditional Okinawa Shorin-Ryu karate and kobudo at Seiyo no Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai hombu known as Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo in Mesa, Arizona, we teach students karate including many kata (forms), bunkai (self-defense applications), kihon (basic exercises) that are all designed to keep a person fit and prepared for self-defense. Kobudo classes teach karate students to use Okinawan weapons and even some modern tools. These weapons were originally farming, fishing and merchant implements. At the Arizona Hombu, students learn to use nunchaku, sai, kama, tonfa, sansetsukon (3-sectional staff), nitanbo, tanto (Okinawan knife), tekko (knuckle dusters), bo, hanbo, etc. Samurai (Pechin) weapons are also taught including the samurai sword, spear, naginata, kubotan, weighted chain (manrikigusari), tanto (Japanese knife), karambit (Phillipino knife), rope, hojojutsu, iaido, sojutsu, etc. These are extensions of karate and are part of nearly every Okinawan karate system.
|Soke Hausel with nunti-bo, a tool used by Okinawa|
fishermen for piercing fish and capturing nets.