|If you are into gardening - the Okinawa kama is hard to beat when it comes to removing weeds. And if you are|
into karate, kobudo, and self-defense, the Okinawa kama is a must! Kamajutsu at the Arizona Hombu Dojo, Mesa
If you are into gardening - there is nothing like sharp Okinawa kama for removing weeds from your garden. But if you are into traditional martial arts like many of our adult students at the Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa, there is nothing like kama for self-defense. But to protect ourselves and our training partners, we train only with non-shapened kama because we all want to be able to go home and text with all of our digits still attached.
|Training with Nunchaku|
|Ben defends attack by Gavin at the Arizona Hombu during ippon kumite (one step|
Anyway, kama was likely a weapon of the peasant class on Okinawa, simply because it would have been a tool of farmers – something beneath the Pechin class (Okinawan equivalent of Samurai). One of the great controversies of Okinawa karate was how the martial art developed. Many think of karate as a form of self-defense used only by Okinawan bodyguards and royalty, others argue it was a peasant art. The martial art of kobudo argues this was a combat art for peasants.
|Training in kama and bo at Kobudo class in Mesa, Arizona|
|Okinawan farmers at the Arizona Hombu dojo train with farming implements. Photo shows karate students|
and instructors training with kama (Okinawa sickles) during kobudo class.
|Kama and bokken - traditional Okinawan martial arts at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate.|