Kobujutsu is a Japanese term meaning ‘Old Warrior Arts’. The general usage of the term relates to the practice of Oriental Weapons.
There is also a word KOBUDO, which means ‘Old Martial Way’. The two practices are almost indistinguishable from each other, the main difference being that Kobujutsu teaches you how to use weapons effectively, where as Kobudo teaches you how to be a more self-disciplined person through practising with weapons. The methods are essentially the same – only the objectives are different.
The weapons system was practised by Master Gichin Funakoshi, the Founder of Shotokan Karate. However, this system was not taught to the Japan Karate Association and therefore there are no weapons in modern Shotokan Karate.
From the grade of Shodan (first level of Black Belt) weapon training forms part of our syllabus. The weapons we practise are as taught by the Ryukyu Kobujutsu Association from Japan (Chief Instructor in the UK Sensei Julian Mead).
The weapons are as follows:
- Bo (Kon)
- Sai and Menji Sai