Thursday, September 22, 2011

Students of all ages learn to use Tonfa in Mesa and Gilbert

Sarah (2nd dan) works with Amber during tonfa class
at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa
Members of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai train each week in kobudo, the ancient art of Okinawan weapons. Training includes kata, bunkai (applications) and ippon kumite (controlled sparring), whether they are in Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, India, Vietnam or were ever they might be.

Members also train in kobujutsu, or better known as samurai weapons. In September, 2011, members of the karate school (Arizona School of Traditional Karate) in Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert were introduced to one of the many kobudo weapons of old - the tonfa, and we'll continue learning the tonfa well into the next year prior to focusing on some other weapon.

So what is a tonfa?  The tonfa became popular worldwide as a night stick used by law enforcement personnel. A skilled tonfa practitioner can defend against a variety of attacks as this is a very practical weapon.

After the students learn kihon (basics), bunkai (applications), ippon kumite (sparring) and kata (forms) of tonfa, they will be tested for proficiency in this tool and then move on to learn other weapons along with karate (empty hand) training.  We have the greatest students in the world who support one another and work with each other. Our classes include about 30% female. If you are looking for something to do each week that requires only a good nature, come join us at 60 W. Baseline Road.
Rich defends strike from Neal Adam.
Tonfa kihon (basics) training. Here our members practice age uke (rising block) - at the Mesa Gilbert Chandler
karate school in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona.
Don't mess with Texas and especially, don't mess with Sensei Paula. Sensei 
Bill Borea (3rd dan) and tries messing with Sensei Paula (2nd dan) 
and finds new bruises in the following morning. Paula is
our resident Samurai from Japan.

Charles trains with Ryan Harden at Mesa Gilbert dojo