Kobudo – Martial Arts focused on Okinawan Weapons
Kobudo is a Japanese (Okinawan) martial arts focused on weapons training. Kobudo was developed on the Okinawan islands of Japan and concentrates on traditional Okinawan weapons such as the Bo, Sai, Tonfa and Nunchaku. Kobudo practice is often included as supplemental training in many Karate schools. Kobudo weapons are used primarily in demonstrations, self-defense training and weapons katas.
While the primary weapons used for training may vary from dojo to dojo, Kobudo generally utilizes twelve martial arts weapons (i.e. Bo). It also includes more exotic weapons such as:
For more information on these twelve traditional Okinawan weapons, please visit the main Kobudo Weapons section.
List of Kobudo Focused Schools & Styles
FYI – This list does not include those Karate styles where Kobudo training is just a small part of the school’s curriculum.
- International Okinawa Kobudo Association, The Weapons of Kobudo, http://traditionaljapanesemartialarts.com/IOKA/index.html