KOBUDO

 

KOBUDO IS THE TRADITIONAL WEAPONS SYSTEM OF OKINAWA. THESE  WEAPONS WERE FARMING AND FISHING TOOLS CONVERTED FOR USE AS WEAPONS.

 

BO:
A WOODEN STAFF GENERALLY ABOUT SIX FEET LONG AND TAPERED ORIGINALLY USED TO CARRY BUCKETS OF WATER.

 

SAI:
A THREE PRONGED METAL TRUNCHEON. THIS WAS THE ONLY WEAPON THAT CAN BE THROWN.

 

TONFA:
A WOODEN WEAPON THAT WAS ORIGINALLY USED AS A MILL HANDLE. IT WAS USED AS A MODEL FOR THE MODERN POLICE  BATONS KNOWN AS A  PR 24.

 

KAMA:
A SICKLE WEAPON THAT WAS ORIGINALLY USED TO HARVEST RICE AND GRAIN

 

NUNCHAKU:
A FLAIL ORIGINALLY USED TO FLAIL GRAIN AND RICE. THIS WEAPON WAS POPULARIZED BY BRUCE LEE.

 

SURUJIN:
A ROPE OR CHAIN WITH WEIGHTS AT ONE END OR BOTH. THIS WEAPON MAY HAVE ORIGINATED FROM STRANDS OF FISHING NET.

 

TINBE & ROCHIN:
A TURTLE SHELL SHIELD AND SHORT SPEAR.

 

NUNTIBO:
A STAFF WITH A MANJI SAI ATTACHED TO THE END. ORIGINALLY USED AS A FISHING GAFF.

 

EKU:
A WEAPON ORIGINALLY USED AS A BOAT OAR. CALLED A KAI IN JAPANESE