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October 21 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Istead Rise Community Centre
Worcester Close, Istead Rise, Graesend Kent, D13 9LB
Weapons like the Tonfa are most commonly associated with the Okinawan martial arts, its origin is heavily debated. One of the most commonly cited origins for these Weapons is China, although origins from Indonesia to Thailand are also possible. Okinawan tradition derives the tonfa from a millstone handle. The Chinese and Malay words for the weapon (guai and topang respectively) literally mean crutch, which may suggest the weapon originating from the crutch. In Cambodia and Thailand a similar weapon is used consisting of a pair of short clubs tied onto the forearms, known in Thai as mai sok and in Khmer as bokgatau. In Thailand and Malaysia the mai sok often has a similar design to the tonfa, with a perpendicular handle rather than being tied on. This weapon might be the original version of the tonfa.
Weapons, The sai is a traditional piercing melee weapon used in Okinawa. The basic form of the weapon is that of a pointed, prong shaped metal baton, with two curved prongs (yoku) projecting from the handle (tsuka). There are many different types of sai with varying prongs for trapping and blocking.
The Tonfa Weapons course will cover the basic form from the associated pairs work enabling the students to progress with their understanding the angles of attack and defence using this weapon. The pairs work is very similar to the Ippon Kumite from the karate (empty hand art) as students are familiar with the concept behind its structure which will facilitate a fast learning curve. Stances are identical as is the basic movements of the arm, Soto Uke Uchi Uke Jodan Uke and Gedan Bari. The student already has the body skill from karate training to enabling them to transfer these skills across to the Tonfa and other Okinawan Weapons and many other systems from other Martail arts such as the stick from Thailand and the Philippines