Okinawan kobudō refers to the weapon systems of Okinawan martial arts. These systems can have from one to as many as a dozen weapons in their curriculum, among the rokushakubo (six foot staff, known as the “bō”), sai (dagger-shaped truncheon), tonfa (handled club), kama (sickle), and nunchaku (chained sticks), but also the tekko (steelknuckle), tinbe-rochin (shield and spear), and surujin (weighted chain).
Less common Okinawan weapons include the tambo (short stick), the hanbō (middle length staff) and the eku (boat oar of traditional Okinawan design).
In the spirit of the Seven Samurai, “one suffers, all suffer”. Fortunately, in our modern times we are not quite so extreme, but the Gashuku is still a time to push personal limits and is an excellent opportunity for students to meet on a more informal and social basis. Many good friendships have been formed in the past, and many good friendships will be formed from Gashuku to come.
A normal class consists of children going through a set of limbering, strengthening and co-ordination exercises, followed by learning the punching, blocking and kicking skills of Karate Do.