Weapons Training is usually conducted the last 20 minutes of each class. We train a different weapon each month and based on a 6 month training cycle.
By Black Belt you can use all the weapons that we train in as well as being skilled in Kicking, Punching, Locking, Grappling, Choking, Throwing and Breakfalls.
We study what in Japan is known as a Sogo Bujutsu or complete system of martial arts for you to learn. This is not usual in martial arts normally you only learn one or two aspects such as kicking and punching like in Karate and Tae kwondo. Very few systems are naturally complete, most have to add on other systems to try to fill in the original styles gaps.
Often when I talk about weapons training a lot of people, even other martial artists, don't understand just how important this training is. They'll say to me
“Why study weapons ? I mean your not going to have a weapon with you if you get attacked on the street are you!”
(they forget two things, everything is a weapon and just because we didn't introduce the weapon doesn't means there won't be one involved) My standard answer is "No..........but they might! " and if they do I want to know at least a little about how different weapons work so I can better protect myself........ It's also a lot of fun.
Weapons studied include Sword, Short Sword and Knife Defence as well as 6ft, 4ft and 3ft sticks to name a few.