traditional weapons of Okinawa
iaido sword practice
'All is Ken.'
'Everything is a Sword'
- My teacher, Taira sensei
Of course, no one carries a sword, but the strategies, tactics and techniques of the sword can apply to anything you can get your hands on.
Kenjutsu with Taira Sensei, Okinawa.
Weapons classes are a great way to improve your fitness while learning new and challenging skills.
There are two ways to join our weapons classes;
1. Spend a month or so in our regular classes in order to learn the basic principles of Palace Hand
2. Take a few private lessons to learn what you need to get started
Why Join Kodokai Dojo?
Sure, every school offers a few token weapons forms (choreographed routines). But too often, these movements are simply 'made-up', have no practical application, and are not in any way related to historical weapons arts. They are performing arts, not martial arts.
At Kodokai you will learn from an instructor who learned these historical Okinawan arts in Okinawa.
Our experience and qualifications allow us to teach a depth and breadth of skills that few schools can offer. For instance, we are the only school outside Japan where you can learn the sword arts of Okinawa.
Just So You Know...
Kobujutsu = ancient martial arts, particularly arts that use weapons.
Iaido, or iaijutsu = the art drawing the sword.
Kenjutsu = battlefield tactics where the sword is already drawn.
Bo-jutsu = techniques using a wooden staff.
While we offer instruction in over 20 different weapons, your first year of training is focused on practical use of the katana (a.k.a. samurai sword) and bo (six foot staff). Classes are one hour long.
As you continue to study you may learn diverse skills with a wide array of weapons as you continue to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the sword and staff.
My first weapons teacher, Seikichi Odo,
on the left, practicing with kama (sickle) against tonfa.
When I first began with Odo Sensei I knew nothing about weapons. I continued as his student until his death, eventually receiving 8th degree black belt from him.
Upon Odo Sensei's passing I was accepted as a student under Sensei's Taira and Takamiyagi, masters of the art of Udundi.
Absolutely Authentic Weapons Arts Straight From The Source
Here is a peek into some of my personal instruction with Taira sensei and Takamiyagi sensei. The weapons arts that you learn at Kodokai Dojo are absolutely legit and come straight from the source.
Click on the music note to hear sound.
Odo Kobujutsu is one of the more diverse weapons systems of Okinawa. It employs practical strategies and powerful techniques.
This style represents the lifelong work of my teacher, Odo Seikichi, who researched various weapon methods under the tuteledge of masters Matayoshi, Toma, Kakazu, Nakamura and Seiko.
Udundi Kobujutsu, the martial arts of the former ruling family, includes weapons that were not available to commoners. The katana, straight swords, naginata and broadswords are examples of this.
Udundi was a battlefield art and, therefore, has unique strategies and skills for dealing with multiple attackers. Udundi was also a bodyguard art and includes many forms of restraint and non-lethal use of weapons making it a very practical method.
I was taught by Masters Takamiyagi Tetsuo and Taira Ryoshu and I am a 5th degree black belt authorized to teach this method.
Our weapons classes are some of our most popular offerings.
If you are interested in a different, challenging, fun and practical way to keep mentally and physically active send us a message to learn more. Kobujutsu is a practice that can keep you fit and interested for a lifetime.