Wooden Weapons for Japanese Martial Arts
There are hundreds of Japanese wooden weapons, each arising from different martial schools. Some, like many of the Okinawan kobudo weapons arose from the shape and size of farm tools and even rowing oars. Kingfisher, however, focuses on a specialized group of wooden weapons associated with the Samurai: primarily the bokken (wooden sword) and its permutations including the short bokken and wooden version of the tanto (Japanese fighting knife).
Additionally, the Japanese mid-length staff (the Jo), which has a long association with the Japanese sword arts, is also included as a major part of our work.