Kama – Traditional Martial Arts Weapon
The Kama is a martial arts weapon based on a farming instrument, the small scythe used for cutting rice. This weapon is used in a variety of Japanese, Filipino, Indonesian and Chinese martial arts styles.
In Okinawan/Japanese Kobudo, Kama are traditionally used in pairs. In basic forms, the Kama are held towards the bottom of the handle and are used to defend against opponents armed with swords or other long reach weapons such as Bo or Jo. A typical Kama technique will involve blocking an oncoming strike with one Kama then using the other to counterattack. Also both Kama can be used simultaneously to block or trap an opponents weapon or to deliver a double strike.
Advanced Kama forms utilize a short strap attached to the bottom of the Kama which are used to swing or spin the Kama at great speed in order to deliver an attack. This Kama jutsu technique is often referred to as the “Flying Kama” and takes a great deal of skill and coordination to master. As with all martial arts weapons, it is advised to seek professional instruction and beginners should start with wood or foam practice Kama. Martial arts students should only practice techniques under the supervision of a trained martial arts instructor.
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Demonstration Video of Kama Techniques
Demonstration of Flying Kama