In our tradition we teach a host of weapon arts which compliment the unarmed combat due to their usage of similar body skills. Much can be learnt about your general life from figthing with weapons and dealing with the stress of combat and confrontation. We train with many traditional wooden weapons and use specific sparring techniques with these without the use of any protection. It is easy to attack opponents when you have little chance of injury and with padding and modern sport armour students tend to think of cutting their opponent. Without this protection students do not rush in so quickly as although many of the weapons are wooden they can still break bones and create severe damage to the body. This changes the mindset from not thinking about cutting the opponent, but more not getting cut. There are many strategies in the weapons work which have been found due to fighting and battlefield testing in real environments and these lessons and concepts are just as important to unarmed Ju-Jutsu as well as every day events.
We also run separate weapons classes which are open to anyone so that people can learn and add weapons into their own style. This is one of our Authorised Licensed Programmes and we are currently looking for instructors to join, run and teach classes in their area. For more information please contact email@example.com
These include Bo (6ft staff), Jo (4ft staff), Han-bo (3ft staff) as well as smaller sticks and yawara. Many of these weapons are taught in multiple arts, but in Japanese Jutsu arts there are specific ways of moving to maximise the benefits of such weapons.
We obviously teach Japanese swordwork although when students spar they use wooden swords or bokken which do not prevent unjury, but do limit the innjury. We also teach the longer Yari (spear) and Naginata (halberd) weapons. There are then a host of shorter weapons such as short swords, daggers and knives as smaller blades used as utility knives or throwing blades.
These techniques are based around many types of objects and include throwing blades as well as blunt objects and metsubishi or blinding powders and objects.
We also teach flexible weapons such as the Manrikigusari (chain with weights on) and sickle and chain weapons such as Kusarigama and the art of Ho-Jutsu (using a rope or cord to defend and tie up your opponent).
We use and teach traditional battlefield archery techniques from various positions as well as from horseback and this differs from traditional Kyudo in many ways as the need is for fast practical shooting skills rather than the more formal kyudo techniques.
Blowing weapons and techniques include the use of blow pipes and mouth darts as well as techniques involving spraying of liquids through the air at opponents which may be flammable. We use many other small and hidden weapons such as the Jutte and Tessen (iron fan) which was originally carried by senior officials as a sign of rank but was also used as a defensive weapon.