Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Martial Arts Weapons 2

The Unsafe and the Absurd 
This is a follow up to the Martial Art Weapons 1 blog I posted back a couple of months ago.

Keeping in mind the following rules which I discussed before
  1. Safety is the primary concern.
  2. Price shouldn’t be the determining factor, durability and safety should. 
  3. What is it’s primary use going to be? 
  4. As a general rule you get what you pay.  So keep in mind rule #1.

Tonfa on left has space between the handle and the base

In the photo notice how the handle is attached to the tonfa body, this is from a leading martial arts supply manufacturer.  When using your weapons for real contact against other weapons this could be very dangerous.  Compare it to the higher quality but more expensive tonfa on the right, from Pro Budo.  When practicing against other weapons with contact opt for the higher quality, because they both last longer and they are safer in the long run.
The handle is actually cut 1/2 way through due to a manufacturing process error, this is the 2nd set I received from the manufacturer after I complained about the same defect on the 1st pair.

Notice how wooden blades are broken due to contact
Even with training weapons when contact is being made they can break.  Notice how these wooden training kama have broken or chipped over time, the sharper metal training kama aren’t used against the good quality Bo because they would cut into or chip the more expensive Bo.  When the wooden training kama are used, care is used not to go full force keeping safety in mind. 


Ever wonder how people can spin and twirl their weapons around so fast at tournaments?  There is no real fear of getting hurt with plastic toys such as these, these aluminum kama blades got bent from storage, yes storage mind you.  Look close and you will see that these kama are the same pair shown from different angles to show how bent the blades are.  The handles are light weight plastic or maybe balsa wood and are used to teach kids and adults kama.  Kama such as these are used to teach people "Weapons" in many karate schools today.   I actually had a mother call me up one time inquiring about classes for her 7 year old child who as a Yellow belt; with only a couple of months of study, had learned kama and nunchaku.  She was offended that I wouldn’t continue his study in these weapons.

The author's training kama along side of the toy kama
The kama is a sickle use to harvest grain, cut weeds etc. etc. The blade is sharp and meant to cut with; or as one instructor told me a edged weapon acts as a matter separator (think about it).  Traditional kama katas have the person being cut, decapitated, stabbed etc. etc. and if mistakes are made when practicing using live steel (i.e. sharp) kamas then someone has scars (I speak from experience and have the scar to prove it).  What an instructor was doing teaching a 7 year old Yellow belt kama kata and/or techniques (probably with kama such as these), I have no idea.  In reality the only separating happening; was the mother from her hard earned money, and the instructor from his integrity in taking it.  

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