For the first time in Tensoku Ryu you will become proficient at the use of non-traditional Japanese weapons. You will study the Okinawa weapon commonly called the Tonfa. You will also study Filipino fighting sticks, commonly called the Yantok, Escrima Sticks, or Rattan Sticks. You will also study use of the traditional Japanese Yawara.
These weapons will present new challenges for you. Even though these weapons are smaller than the Jo and Bo, they require greater skill. You will also find that they are much more mentally challenging. We therefore have numerous drills for you to practice in addition to Kata specific to the Tonfa and Yantok.
These weapons can be frustrating to learn. Take your time and become as familiar with the weapons as you can. Gain experience by simply handling these weapons frequently. When you experience problems, slow down and focus on details. Trying to do things quickly before you have adequate experience will be the most likely cause of future frustrations. It may take you hundreds of hours of practice to feel truly comfortable with these weapons. But take it one hour at a time. You’ll get there.
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The origins of the Tonfa are hard to pin down. There is some evidence that it may have originated in China, Indonesia, or other locations in Southeast Asia. Today it ...Read More
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