The word Kobudo refers to classical weapons training from the Ryukyu islands (or Okinawa.) During the feudal period in history, the ruling Japanese banned the Okinawans from owning or using the most advanced weapons of the time. Consequently, the Ryukyu people developed ways to protect themselves using common tools and everyday items.
So, Kobudo at ZenQuest includes training for weapons like: the Bo (staff), the Nunchaku (chorded sticks), the Sai (Okinawan Daggers), the Jiffa (Hairpins), and Escrima sticks. Very soon, we will add more Kata (individual routines) for these weapons, as well as prearranged sparring drills for Bo vs. Bo and Bo vs. Sai! We will also soon add Kata for the Tekko (horse stirrups.)
Plans are also in the works to add another class to the current schedule. We’re looking forward to some great training and fun in this exciting martial art in 2015!