Thursday, September 22, 2011

Adult Martial Artists learn Tonfa in Arizona

Rich defends strike from Neal Adam.
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.
Watch out for that tonfa! Dr. Adam blocks attack by
Ryan Harden and follows up with a classical tonfa
strike

Charles trains with Ryan Harden at Mesa Gilbert dojo