Okinawan Kobudo Weapons

The term “Kobudo” refers to the weapons systems of Okinawan martial arts. Most Kobudo weapon techniques are adaptations of their Karate empty hand technique counterparts.  Thus Kobudo weapons act as extensions of karate techniques, enhancing a practitioner’s attack and defense capabilities.  It is widely believed that many Kobudo weapons originally existed as farming tools and were repurposed for self defense against swords and other weapons.

Nunchaku 1


Nunchaku are a mid to long range weapon comprised of two batons held together by a length of rope or chain.  Nunchaku serve primarily as a flailing weapon, but can also be used for blocking and grappling.

Nunchaku class is offered for beginner and advanced levels on Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm.  All nunchaku used at Amato’s are specifically designed for safe training and made of foam rubber padded plastic.

Bo Staff 1


The Bo is a long wooden staff.  While it works as a mid-range weapon, it excels at long range attack.  The bo can be used for striking, sweeping and blocking and is highly effective against the sword. 

We offer an Okinawan Bo class on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:00pm.  We also teach a Samurai-based Bo style from mainland Japan as part of our sword program on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Sai 1


The Sai is a pointed metal baton with two curved prongs projecting from the handle.  While it resembles a dagger, it does not possess a cutting edge.  Sais are used in pairs for close to mid-range combat.  Virtually every empty hand karate block and strike can be adapted into a sai technique.  Sais are effective against the sword and can be used to break blades.

Sai class is held on Mondays from 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm.  All sais used for training at Amato’s are blunted.