|Soke Hausel with traditional Okinawan tekko|
Kobudo weapons are derived from peasant tools used in the professions of farming, fishing, and various merchant occupations. When Okinawan royalty decided peasants should not be armed, the peasants armed themselves with tools of trade. After all, it is the right of all people to defend their selves, families and neighbors.
Similar to kobudo tools, modern tools can be used as self-defense weapons. They are everywhere - car keys, magazines, books, pens, belts, even cell phones - basically anything with an edge, significant mass, point, or method for great acceleration.
As an example, one of our outstanding members - Kyoshi Adam, 7th dan, a local university professor, has demonstrated kata he created using tools of trade - including the tools of a professor and tools of today's farmer. Of course, we don't practice these kata in our system, they are for entertainment value and to make others aware of all of the potential weapons at hand. In another example, while teaching a group of Chandler librarians in the Phoenix valley, Soke Hausel introduced them to the self-defense weapons of their trade - books, magazines, cell phones, staplers, pens and other tools.
|Dr. Adam demonstrates Cornchuks|
Brass knuckles have been outlawed in some states as well as in countries, just like the nunchaku. It may not make horse sense to outlaw brass knuckles and nunchaku while legalizing sharpen swords, hunting knives, fire arms and the like - especially since we have the US Constitution that allows us to arm ourselves, but unless you have a lot of money for lawyers, I recommend learning your local laws and removing legislators from office who do not support the intent of the Constitution.
|Training with tekko at the annual Arizona-Utah Shorin-Ryu clinic in|
Mesa, Arizona. The tekko can bring a person luck if they are attacked by
a mugger at night.
|Horse shoe and stirrup style of tekko|
|The kubotan is designed to be held in one's hand|
|Car keys can be quickly modified to a tekko or even kuboton|
|A modern version of kuboton known as car keys.|
|Dr. Adam dressed for his Nerd Kata using the tools|
of trade for faculty, as modern kobudo tools.
|Training with traditional tekko, Arizona Hombu Karate dojo|
|Practicing bunkai - traditional self-defense applications with tekko.|