Weapons Training is usually studied for the last 20 minutes of each class. We train a different weapon each month and based on a 6 month training cycle by the time you achieve Black Belt you would have had about 7 months training in each weapon. By Black Belt you can use all the weapons that we train in quite well as well as Kicking, Punching, Locking, Grappling, Choking, Throwing and Breakfalls.
Why Weapons Training?
Curiously when I talk about weapons training a lot of people, even other martial artists, 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!”(As if just because we didn't introduce the weapon means there won't be one involved, talk about missing the point!)..................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.
The Hanbo (3foot) staff is a very versatile training weapon. The curriculum includes striking, locking, throwing and defence techniques against other weapons using the Hanbo.
The Jo (4 foot) staff is very similar in length to a Hanbo but is used more like a Bo. The Jo is one of the two policing weapons used in Japan even today, the other being Hojojutsu rope tying.
The Bo (6 foot ) staff we studay at our Dojo has many training drills against a swordsman. Students learn the Bo strikes and blocks as well as the Sword blocks and cuts and how the two are put together in a flowing sequence of movements based around strategy, distance and timing.
Kasarifundo means weighted chain. Roughly 1 meter in length it is a very interesting weapon to study. The flexibility of the chain combined with the striking power of the weights makes it a formidable weapon to learn. We pratice the techniques with a length of rope for safety reaosns.
How to tie up another person with a length of rope. This can be done with a stationary person or against a moving opponent capturing the limbs with the rope and creating loops to restrict movement bringing your opponent down to a controled position.
With so many knife attacks in melbourne each year this is a very important and relevant area of training. We pratice a full curriculum of techniques including evasion, disarming, strikes, pressure points, limb controls and nerve strikes. Knife defence training
The short sword usually worn in the belt next to the Katana it is a formidable wepon. sometimes used on its own sometimes used in conjunction with the sword.
The Japanese Sword or Katana. We study techniques fom the Kukishin Ryu school of swordsmanship as well as it being the primary weapon we train against for Bo Jo and Hanbo.