|Soke Hausel with tonfa at the Arizona Hombu Karate-Kobudo Dojo, Mesa, Arizona|
Just like some of Okinawa's farmers and fishermen of old, students and faculty at the Arizona Hombu dojo (aka Arizona School of Traditional Karate) in Mesa, as well as Shorin-Ryu students from Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale, train with this self-defense weapon. The tonfa at one time was used by nearly every law enforcement agency in the US, but it lost favor to the expandable police baton (known as ASP) and to the stun gun. But to martial artists who train with tonfa, these can be very effective martial arts weapons whether held in a normal grip, reverse grip or extended grip.
|Not quite a rice mill, but same principal. This is an actual gold mill from|
Jerome, Arizona with Soke-Dai Eric Hausel.
|Dr. Teule (1st dan) from France attacks Dave from Chandler, Arizona. Dave defends with tonfa.|
|Hanshi Finley (7th dan) from the Casper Seiyo Shorin-Ryu dojo trains with tonfa using |
a reverse grip at the Arizona Hombu and striking his opponent with the pommel.
|An arastre gold mill at Jerome, Arizona. This mill was not used for any Okinawan weapons. Instead, it was used to |
extract gold. But imagine if the Okinawans had this - just think what those chains could have been used for - maybe
a manrikigusari or kamagusari.
|Bunkai training in Kobudo at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate. Left to right are Ryan, Sarah, |
Lacy, Dr. Adam, Amber, and Patrick
|Sensei Paula Borea defends attack by Sensei Bill Borea at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa-Gilbert, Arizona|