Okinawa Kobudo is believed to have begun in the 12th century in the Okinawa islands. Kobudo developed during constant wars and political power struggles between warlords and regional kingdoms. During this time, peasants had to learn to defend themselves against roving thieves, pirates, armies, and Samurai. The only weapons that the peasants had were simple farming and fishing tools. The weapons that are used and taught today are the Bo, Nunchaku, Sai, Kama, and Tonfa. It was illegal for the peasants to practice any type of martial arts so the techniques were disguised as cultural dances and movements. Kobudo is a unique blend of old and new forms representing the Kobudo Masters.
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