Karatedo and Kata and essentially the same, and this is valid for kobudo. Kobudo is developed through the study and continual practice of kata and each and every technique or movement in a kata must be understood and developed into bunkai or self-defense applications. The bunkai also needs to be pragmatic otherwise the value of the technique will be useless.
There are few kuwa kata: I only know of one - Matayoshi No Kuwa Nu De (Kue no de), which is the kata of Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Kobudo Kai, and I’ve seen variations of this kata.
|Parts of the Okinawan Kuwa include the bo handle (eii), the |
pommel (ejiri), the head (egashira) and blade (kuwaba). Here
Sensei Bill Borea from Seiyo No Shorin-Ryu Karate Renmei
defends against strike by Sensei Paula Borea at the
Arizona School of Traditional Karate in Mesa, Arizona.
Kuwa is used similar to a bo, but it has the advantage of a blade at one end. The egashira is used to hook weapons to redirect them, hook an opponents knee, back of neck, foot, etc and is also used for tsuki (thrust strikes). The kuwaba is used to cut an opponent as well as remove toes, ears, and fingers. The butt of the kuwa (ejiri) is used for thrust strikes, while the bo handle (eii) has many uses including blocks and strikes. So the next time you are working in your tomato garden in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Phoenix, etc., remember, you have a weapon in your hands - just learn how to use this fabulous weapon!
|Training in Kue no De Kata at the Arizona School of Traditional Karate|
|Training with hanbo (3-foot stick) in Mesa, Arizona at the Arizona School of Traditional Martial Arts, 60 W. Baseline.|