Traditional Martial Arts Weapons

Master David Garrison has become one of the most sought after instructors in the world, well known for his unique prowess in weapons. In this advanced class, students will learn from an array of weapons and techniques described below.

Okinawan Weapons/Kobudo History and Context

Okinawa is a small island located south of Japan. In the 17th century the powerful Satsuma Clan invaded Okinawa composed of Japanese samurai. The Satsuma placed a new weapons ban on the people of Okinawa, leaving them defenseless against the steel of the samurai’s swords. In an attempt to protect themselves from the devastating forces of the Satsuma, the people of Okinawa looked to simple farming implements, which the samurai would not be able to confiscate, as new methods of defense. This use of weapons developed into kobudo, or "ancient martial art," as we know it today and comprise many of the weapons we teach today at Barrington Tiger Academy.



Nunchaku or Nunchaks


A traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope

Bō Staff


A very tall and long staff weapon used in Okinawa and feudal Japan. Bō are typically around 1.8 m (5.9 ft) long.



A traditional Filipino and Japanese farming implement similar to a sickle used for reaping crops and also employed as a weapon singly or in pairs.

Kali Sticks


Filipino weapon-based martial arts and fighting systems using simple long slender, blunt, hand-held, generally wooden 'sticks'.

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