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Given how deeply martial arts movies and the world of martial arts have penetrated our popular culture, it’s inevitable that the idea of training with a martial arts weapon may come to your child when he or she is training in a martial art. This is only natural, and it’s been the way of things since we first began training ourselves, back in the early 1970s.
Back then, of course, it was about Bruce Lee and who could forget his martial arts weapon of choice or Chuck Norris. And it was also about the “Kung Fu” television series. And even Hong Kong Phooey, the 1974 cartoon series about a not-so-great kung fu dog and his snickering cat sidekick, though that one came around a few years after we’d first begun actual training.
All of that aside, it’s probably even more the case nowadays that a child has seen Jet Li or Jackie Chan in any of at least 50 or so popular movies, using a variety of weapons in some frankly amazing ways. The magic of the martial arts through the use of digital photography and computer generated imagery is partly an explanation for what’s going on, but the fact of the matter is many martial artists are demonstrating a level of skill not usually seen back in the so-called “old days.”
So what does this mean for your child when it comes to picking up a weapon and training with it? Well, for starters it means you need to take care that what he or she sees on the video or at the theater isn’t tried, at least at first, without strict adult supervision preferably by someone trained in the arts. This is supervision by you and by his or her instructor. After all, your child will want to – and need to – practice while at home and a responsible adult should be there to watch over your child's use of the weapon.
Also, never let your young student practice with a bladed weapon without some form of supervision. If you’re uncomfortable with them using something like a traditional Kama (sickle), for example, you can get them children’s versions of the weapon. Older versions of this martial arts weapon used to be actually sharp even the Kamas used for training. It is very important that a "kid safe" real weapon be used like the martial arts weapons we manufacture here.
Your child’s instructor should also evaluate his young students coordination and ability to sling a blade, or a sword or even a pair of Nunchaku (“nunchucks”), the traditional Okinawan martial arts weapons that are famous around the world. These are great tools – not toys – but they may not be suitable for a child of five unless you and his or her instructor really think your child is ready to use them and that you purchase a real martial arts weapon that is truly kid safe.
It may be that the proper way to go with your son or daughter is to start with a weapon that looks fairly benign or easy to use. It is highly probable that your art of choice will be using these types of weapons. Wooden sticks or staffs (Bo staffs and Tambos) are always a good place to begin. They may look simple, but their correct use takes just as much practice as it would if your child were to pick up the Kama or a long sword. Coincidentally, those long swords come in wooden versions called “Bokken.” And soft, foam-covered versions of nunchucks are available, too.
The point to all is not to say that your child shouldn’t be allowed to pick up a weapon. That would never do, in the first place. In the second, training with a weapon can benefit, not harm, your child’s martial arts development. No, the point is to emphasize that everything has its time, and only you and your child’s instructor can be the deciders on just when that time is as all arts are a little different.
If you’re curious about any of the martial art weapons discussed in this article, you can look at them here. Our craftsmen at Buki Yuushuu (which means “weapon excellence” in Japanese) have many fine examples of the martial arts weapons discussed here, and all are thoroughly updated and modern in every way while also being fully in line with their classic ancestors and the purpose for which they were built. And more importantly all of these martial arts weapons are kid safe.
Over the centuries, many styles of unarmed combat began to spring up all across Asia. In China and Korea, there’s reliable evidence of training in organized fighting systems going back to before the ancient Romans and Greeks. In fact, some styles may go back as long as 3,000 years. Chinese Kung Fu (called that by Westerners and “Pinyin” by the Chinese themselves), like many other fighting or self-defense systems, came from a need for defense against criminals or bandits, but also as a way to bring together all parts of the body, mind, and spirit of the practitioner. In more than a few styles, meditation plays an important part in developing as a true martial artist, and not just somebody who can break a board or toss someone else around.
Taken together, the manner in which a person practices Kung Fu is called the Tao, (“Tah-oh”) or “way.” In recent times, the most famous Kung Fu artists have been Jet Li, Jackie Chan and, of course, the late Bruce Lee. An excellent example of traditional Chinese Kung Fu fighting styles and the swords and throwing daggers used in this martial art can be seen in just about any movie from the two Chinese superstars, or in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
In the days of the Chinese emperors, a great deal of fighting for control of important cities or provinces occurred with some regularity. Because of that, certain types of martial arts weapons also developed alongside the practice of Kung Fu, which took in the use of these weapons and created various strike and counter-strike techniques and patterned forms of combat. One such weapon was a long pole which had a very sharp, curved blade. Called a guandao (“gwahn-dow”), it was a really fearsome tool in the hands of the right person. The pole itself could be used to fend off an attacker, who’d quickly receive a usually-fatal cut from the blade in a counter-thrust. Ancient Koreans also used this weapon, and it was popular both with cavalry troops and infantry foot-soldiers. Just about any Jet Li historical movie features use of the guandao.
While the Japanese worked for centuries on improving the long sword, or katana, the Chinese also had a variety of swords and blades which they combined with Kung Fu. In fact, it wasn’t uncommon among ancient Chinese Shaolin temple monks to study several years or longer on just a single weapon like the Dao (“dow”), for example, which is a type of fighting sword used in many Chinese martial arts. Sometimes used in pairs in a blinding whirl of steel, people who could effectively use them were treated with respect. They’re just as dangerous as the katana, in the right hands, and might be a match for the Japanese sword, all other things being the same.
The craftsmen at Buki Yuushuu Martial Arts weapons know the history surrounding Kung Fu; and a bit of this awareness goes into each Bo staff, Kali, Japanese Kama or any other weapon they make.
Over the centuries in Asia, various styles of fighting or dealing with danger and threats came into being. The Buki Yuushuu Martial Arts Weapons family is very familiar with these styles of unarmed combat, and they wish to pass along a bit of that knowledge to martial arts students, both young and old. They also believe that having a solid understanding of the various weapons that also came into being, which help to supplement the ability of a student of karate (called a karateka in Japanese) or Kung Fu or other Asian martial art, can only be a good thing.
We’ve already touched in a basic way on a few weapons, like the long, wooden staff called a Bo and the Japanese-originated nunchaku (sometimes called “nunchucks” in popular Western karate movies). Both of these items started their lives as either a perfectly-normal walking staff in the case of the Bo, and maybe a farming tool, in the case of the nunchaku.
Almost all of us have also heard of or seen the classic Japanese long sword, called the katana. Anybody who’s watched a Japanese martial arts movie on TV will have seen examples of these weapons. Together with its shorter companion, the wakazashi, the pair makes up the ancient samurai warrior’s sword set, which is called daisho (“dye-show”) in that Asian country. Someone who practices fighting with one or both of the daisho drawn from their protective sheaths is said to be training in kenjutsu. Within Japanese sword fighting, a whole subsection focusing on just learning to draw the long sword very quickly goes by the term Iajutsu. We’d pronounce most of these “jutsu” words as “joots,” because the ‘u’ sound at the end is normally very short or even silent. So for Iajutsu, just say “yah-joots.”
But there are many more weapons that a dedicated martial artist can take the time to study or learn about. The Japanese kama, which is a type of curved-blade sickle at the end of a short stick, actually did begin its life as a traditional farming tool. In the days of the samurai and their military warlords (Shogun), they were employed by Japanese and Okinawan farmers, and their usefulness as weapons soon came to be understood. When a small ball and chain is attached to the end of the kama, it becomes a kusarigama (“koo-sree-gah-ma”). Several other martial arts, including Korean karate, or Tae Kwon Do, and some forms of Kung Fu and silat (Malaysian martial arts), also use types of kama. The word in Japanese can be either singular or plural, by the way, as can nunchaku.
Over in the Philippines, a popular martial form of combat sprung up around the time when Spanish soldiers of the 1500s were exploring in the islands. Escrima was a reaction to the military might of these soldiers, and its techniques varied from tribe to tribe. But all of them had in common the use of certain so-called “fighting sticks.” Called Kali (“kah-lee”), and originally made of strong rattan about the length of an arm, they were normally used in pairs. They’re also highly effective in the right hands.
The Buki Yuushuu Martial Arts family offers fine examples of Kali fighting sticks and nunchaku. Please remember to train wisely and use caution while practicing with these weapons.
There comes a time in the life of every martial arts school – hopefully – when the size of its student body will mean that it’ll make more financial sense to buy martial arts training weapons in large numbers rather than just one or two at a time.
The reasons for this are varied, but it will mainly mean that the school’s staff of instructors and leaders is of good quality, and the students are so happy to learn from them, they’ve attracted others to the school. It’ll also mean that the time will have come to look at harnessing the purchasing power and size of the school to benefit the students, when it comes to obtaining good quality training weapons.
Think of things this way: A dojo (Japanese) or dojang (Korean) or any other sort of school giving instruction in the martial arts will want its students to experience the complete form a martial art. One way of ensuring they do so is to make sure a good quality, but affordable, weapon such as a Kama (sickle) or Bo staff is available to them.
Now, the school’s Sensei (“teacher”) can just rely on the students to find these martial arts tools – not toys – on their own and hope they, or their parents (in the case of children and teenagers), find the right weapon and aren’t taken to the cleaners in doing so. Or, he or she can take responsibility and make sure the students are properly outfitted, and training with weapons that are well-made and reasonably priced.
This is where a good martial arts weapons wholesaler can come in. It’s no secret that the cost differences between retail and wholesale can be quite significant. So, why shouldn’t the wise Sensei use this price difference to his and his students’ advantage? The answer, of course, is he or she better. Because there’s an obligation to ensure those being trained by the Sensei receive the best instruction and the most appropriate training weapons – in terms of price and quality -- available.
What are the things to look for in a good wholesale martial arts weapons supplier? Well, the first thing is the variety of training tools and weapons the wholesaler has in his or her inventory. By this, we mean do they have more than just a few pairs of Nunchaku (“nunchucks”) in the warehouse? How many different types of weapons do they carry, in effect? Any Bo staffs? How about the half-staffs known as Tambos in Japan?
Do they also carry items like the Kamas we talked about earlier in the article, maybe? The point to all this is that a good wholesale agent will have at least one or two weapons types from each of the major classifications of Asian weapons. Staffs, bladed weapons, Nunchaku and fighting sticks in the inventory shows that the supplier will be well-stocked and able to supply the martial arts school with an adequate number of training weapons at a good price.
Look at any martial arts wholesale agent to see if he or she has a good website, with an online catalog where not only the instructor but also the students and the parents can go to see the variety of weapons available. Remember, learning a martial art is a journey for both the instructional staff and their students. Collaborating on a good supplier could be one way to involve the student body in the full life of a dojo or dojang.
The craftsmen at Buki Yuushuu have made an outstanding line-up of Asian martial arts weapons in a wide variety of styles and purposes. They range from simple and effective modern Bo staffs to very intricate and colorful Flying Kamas, and everything else in between. Please go to the online catalog at bukiyuushuu.com to see these modern, yet classic, weapons.
When a person hears the term “martial arts,” Asia, and all the forms of combat fighting in that part of the world, is usually what comes to mind. Practically anywhere over there, armed and unarmed combat styles of self-defense eventually developed. In old China, fancy swords, long poles with blades at the end, or seriously tricked-out stabbing and hacking weapons soon made their appearance. Many of them reflected the general Chinese appreciation of the simple AND complex nature of all things. As a result, weapons with multiple blades, points, hooks, daggers, chains or poles developed. Skilled martial artists could spend a long time learning how to correctly use a Longxu hook (pronounced “long-shoo”), for instance. The Longxu, or Dragon Beard Hook, combined a rope and iron ring with a deadly steel double hook, which was ridged, or serrated. The iron ring and rope also served as weapons in their own right. Of course, the classic weapon of China is the long wooden pole, which appears very simple and very complex at the same time.
In Japan, weapons developed from two different directions. Among the samurai ruling elite, most of them revolved around fencing, cutting or hacking at something. The classic Japanese katana and wakazashi sword set, for example, was restricted only to those born into this class. During the time of the samurai, in fact, a non-samurai caught using a sword could be subject to immediate execution for owning or using one. As a result, peasants, farmers and merchants who needed to protect themselves from criminals began to look at things they had on hand and studied how to turn them into weapons. Some of the weapons that the craftsmen at Buki Yuushuu make, like the Kama, were a direct result of this need to make a farm tool into something more deadly. In Japan, also, the design of a weapon reflected the strengths of the people who used them. Long, deadly and razor-sharp, the samurai sword was an excellent combat weapon and a symbol of the ruling elite carrying it. Over on the island of Okinawa, farmers soon began to realize the potential in a tool that was originally part of a millstone. Known as a Tonfa (“tone-fah”), it was a wooden pole or stick about 18 inches long that had a 5 or 6 inch long short vertical handle about 6 inches down the stick. Nowadays, we know them as police batons. Tonfa were usually used in pairs, and their whirling style of attack and defense could leave a robber severely bruised and beaten, if used correctly.
In the Philippines, the art of Escrima came about mainly as a response to the harsh treatment of native peoples by 16th century Spanish soldiers and explorers. Using what materials they had, these people began teaching themselves how to take sticks, called Kali or Arnis for short, and use them against whoever they felt was oppressing them.
There are several different categories or classes of martial arts weapons in Asia. Swords fall into one, and knives like the samurai’s tanto (“tahn-toh”) or the Philippine balisong (butterfly knife) into another. Spears and staff weapons, like the Japanese Bo, make up yet another. Kama and nunchaku are sorted into their own class, also. The point to all this is that there are many, many different weapons in Asian martial arts, so learn a bit about them. If you’d like to try out some of these weapons, Bukiyuushuu.com has an online catalog you can order from.