- Self Defense
History The Tonfa was developed as a weapon by the Okinawans, specifically for use in conjunction with karate. Two Tonfa were often used simultaneously, and were very efficient against armed assailants.
Traditional use: Originally a bean or rice grinder handle, the Tonfa’s circular movements as a farm implement evolved into its rotating strikes as a weapon. The side of the Tonfa was used for blocking, and the ends for direct punches.
Current use: Now an advanced karate training aid, the Tonfa aids in development block-and-strike strategies and upper-body strength. It is also used on many police departments throughout the United States.
Official Statement of the OSMKKF regarding the ISMSKF, Jay Gravelle and Greg Lazarus
July 11, 2016
As June 15th, 2016, Grandmaster Fusei Kise, Kaicho Isao Kise, and the OSMKKF (Okinawa Shorinryu Matsumura Orthodox Karate and Kobudo Federation) have no interest in being involved with the ISMSKF, Greg Lazarus or Jay Gravelle as evidenced by the withdrawal of Grandmaster Kise’s support.