Kobudo is the study of the old martial way of weapons, particularly those developed as seemingly innocuous farming or fishing implements. Included among the many classical Okinawan kobudo weapons are the rokushaku bo (six-foot staff), jiffa (hairpin), eku (oar), sai (blunt and rounded truncheon), and nunchaku (twin-connected sections of wood). Training in these traditional weapons is included in Gushi-sensei’s Ryukokaku karate and kobudo curriculum, and is included in the curriculum at this dojo. 


At Joe Graziano’s Okinawan Karate dojo, the Ryukokaku kobudo curriculum is integrated in an individual student’s study as the empty hand skills of the student progress, and at the instructor’s discretion.



















About Kobudo














Proper kobudo practice employs the very same principles as those of empty-hand fighting.  The more skilled you become in employing the principles of your karate study, the more skilled you will become in kobudo, as any given weapon is an extension of your “empty hand”. Conversely, the study of kobudo principles, for example staying relaxed and natural, and projecting the weapon to its intended target with maximum explosive speed and power, helps you to similarly deploy your body’s natural weapons.


As is the case in karate training, the kobudo principles are reinforced through repetitive technique training in the kata (forms).  In addition to the classical eight kata of Uechi-ryu Karate, the seven kobudo kata taught in Gushi-sensei’s (Ryukokaku) kobudo curriculum (three bo kata, and one each of jiffa, sai, eku, and nunchaku) complement and reinforce the Uechi training.