Interest in unarmed fighting arts increased during the 14th century when King Sho Hashi of Chuzan established his rule over Okinawa and banned all weapons. A more rapid development of tode followed in 1609 when the Satsuma Clan of Kyushu, Japan occupied Okinawa and again banned the possession of weapons. Thus Tode or Okinawan-Te, as the Satsuma Samurai soon called it, became the only means of protection left to the Okinawans. Thus it was this atmosphere that honed the early Karate-like arts of Okinawa into a weapon, enabling the island people to conduct a guerrilla-type war with the Japanese Samurai that later into the late 1800’s.
Importance of the Kobudo Basics
As with empty hand basics kobudo basics play a key role in your developement. It builds strength, endurance and coordination. You learn blocking, trapping and other techniques that can be applied to any type of weapon as well as empty hand!
Kobudo Kata is so important in any system. You learn how to combine different techniques and movements together with the weapon you are training on. It allows one to bring harmony between oneself and the weapon. The weapon becomes and extension of your body! Within Kenshin Kan we have a variety of Kobudo Katas that we are required to learn based on rank. We also ensure that each student learns the bunkai (practical application) of each technique within the kata.