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Karate Weapon

Written by Sierra Rein
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When Karate was first being developed on the Japanese island of Okinawa, a ban on weapons was instigated, leaving a long time period when the craft focused on the fighting method of te, or hand, technique. The ability to rely on only the body in times of combat was enforced, and was a wonderfully effective and flexible way to fight. It was only until modern times that a karate weapon was first introduced into the techniques of Karate.

Popular examples of karate weapons include the bo, the tonfa, the sai, and (especially) the nunchaku. The bo is a long wooden staff that is thrust, swung and jabbed at opponents, while the tonfa is a club-like wooden weapon with a 90 degree angle at the end. The sai is a short-bladed sword used singly or in pairs whose origins may have been derived from a farm implement, and nunchaku are the more recognizable weapons made of two wooden staffs joined by a short chain.

How Can You Learn To Us A Karate Weapon?

The learning process in the use of a karate weapon and any other item of martial artq equipment should be treated with a lot of time and respect. Years of supervised training must be applied before a person masters the art of swinging one of these weapons at a living being with intention and skill. If you are interested in learning these skills, find a reputable Karate instructor or school that can become a safe place to learn.

However, in doing so, you must realize that you are embarking on a journey of rediscovery, discipline, and respect. Learning how to use a karate weapon just because "they look cool" is not a descent reason for beginning a Karate class. Recognize your motivations, and use them well in deciding why you want to wield a karate weapon in the first place.


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