Weapons of Ryukyu Kobujutsu

The Ryukyu Kobujutsu Association teaches the traditional eight kinds of weapon as handed down by the late Grandmaster Shinken Taira. These weapons are the Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Kama, Tekko, Nunchaku, Tinbe-Rochin and the Surujin. 

The Birmingham branch dojo conforms to the requirements of the Association and ensures that all students undergo the same syllabus in order to produce consistency of quality and execution of technique.

Bo -
6' Staff

The Sai
Sai -
Metal Truncheons

The Tonfa
Tonfa -
Handled Batons

The Nunchaku
Nunchaku -
Portable Bo

  Each weapon is taught according to the syllabus which creates not only the high degree of skill required to be proficient, but also instils understanding of each weapon.  These weapons are linked in usage and action and naturally compliment the corresponding open hand techniques. It is important to understand these links, as this allows progress and continual  enhancement of the understanding of their use and deployment.  

Kama -

The Tekko
Tekko - 

Tinbe Rochin - 
Shield & Spear

The Surujin
Surujin -
Weighted Chain

The background and origin of each of these weapons has, for some time been a point of controversy, however the history and usage of each weapon can be found at the RKAGB website by clicking on this link.