Weapons of Ryukyu Kobujutsu

The Ryukyu Kobujutsu Association teaches the traditional eight kinds of weapon as handed down by the late Grandmaster Shinken Taira. These weapons are:

  • Bo, (Kon), Jo Bo, Roku Shaku Bo, Kyu Shaku Bo and Eiku (Suna Kake no Kon)
  • Sai, (also Manji Sai)
  • Tonfa
  • Nunchaku, (also San Chaku)
  • Kama
  • Tekko
  • Tinbe-Rochin
  • Surujin. (short and long Surujin

In addition Shuriken (Shingetsu Ryu ) from Fujita Seiko (1898- 1966) is taught and is a good compliment to the necessity to throw both Sai and Rochin in the advanced stages.

A comprehensive and structured system passed down from Sensei Taira and further developed by Sensei Motokatsu Inoue provides 42 traditional and authentic kata with kihon and complete bunkai on a singular technical basis and in renzoku practice.

These weapons are linked in their usage and action and naturally compliment corresponding open hand techniques. It is important to understand these links, as this allows progression and continual enhancement in the understanding of bujutsu; each weapon’s strength, weakness and speciality of deployment. Starting with the Bo, being the longest weapon, the system builds the complete sphere of application through each weapon, using them as stepping stones towards the complete approach of being able to use any object as a weapon.

In this section you can learn about the weapons of Ryukyu Kobujutsu, the history of each weapon, their strengths and weaknesses and their usage within the Ryukyu Kobujutsu system.

A structured approach provides the right platform for building on and intertwining with open hand ensuring all training is relevant to the study of true authentic Kobujutsu and Bujutsu.