Tensoku Ryu Hanbo Nidan Kata

This uses two Hanbo weapons simultaneously. This can be a very confusing Kata at first since you are moving both hands, often in completely different directions, at the same time. Take it easy at first. There is no rush to learn this form. You might even wish to learn the Kata using only the right Read More …

Tensoku Ryu Hanbo Shodan Kata

The Shodan demonstrates many common uses for this weapon. Because this weapon is relatively short in length you must remain aware that when blocking with both hands the hand nearest the opponent’s weapon should not grasp the weapon but should instead merely support it from behind in some manner. This hand should also be used Read More …

Purple Belt Buki

For the first time in Tensoku Ryu you will become proficient at the use of multiple weapons (Buki). To achieve your next belt ranking you must demonstrate proficiency at the general handling and use of the Jo, Bo, and Hanbo weapons, including proficiency at six new weapons Kata. You will explore the Bo and Hanbo Read More …

Tensoku Ryu Bo Nidan

This will help you improve your handling speed and dexterity. The Kata can be performed using any Bo weapon, but a small thin Bo or a tapered Bo will be very beneficial if this Kata is performed in a tournament or as part of a demonstration. Once you become familiar with the movements you should Read More …

Tensoku Ryu Bo Shodan

This first deals primarily with fundamental blocks, strikes and throws using the Bo weapon. The Kata starts out with fairly simple movements and then slowly evolves into much more complex sequences of movement. Even so, this would still be considered to be a fairly basic Kata. Its primary purpose is to produce familiarity with use Read More …

Tensoku Ryu Jo Sandan

The Tensoku Ryu Jo Sandan deals with striking using the Jo weapon. You will explore many common striking methods as well as a series of effective and fast striking combinations. You will strike toward the head, feet, and many places in between. There are only ten strikes in the entire Kata, but they provide you Read More …

Tensoku Ryu Jo Shodan

This introduces you to basic stances, hand positions, and hand transitions using the weapon. The Kata uses a variety of different blocks and strikes to accomplish its purpose. Please keep in mind that the stances, hand positions and transitions are the primary focus of this Kata . Emphasis should not be placed on the individual Read More …

Jo Uke

Blocking with the Jo might seem relatively simple, but there are numerous things that must be considered when contemplating such a block.  The first consideration is what you are blocking.  This not only refers to the type of strike being employed against you, but the type of weapon as well.  Some blocks may work well Read More …

The Jo Weapon

  The Jo is a short staff weapon commonly slightly over four feet in length and about one inch in diameter. Different martial arts system use slightly different lengths and diameters, but the above measurements are pretty typical for the Jo. A Jo can be made from several different types of wood or can be Read More …

Weapons Safety

All weapons represent the possibility of permanent injury or death to both the user of the weapons and others who are nearby.  These injuries can be the result of inappropriate use by the practitioner or a significant flaw in the weapon itself.  To reduce the risk of injury from inappropriate use we have established a Read More …

Weapons Training Overview (Buki)

Within Tensoku Ryu we offer weapons (Buki) training relatively early for students. There are no weapons skills taught to those who have a White Belt, but once a student has a colored belt (starting with the Yellow Belt) they begin to train on weapon usage. Traditional Stick Weaponry Students who hold the rank of Yellow Read More …