Thursday, November 14, 2013

Martial Arts Weapons and Gardening in Arizona

As Ryan attacks with tanto (knife), Adam blocks with the ei (handle) of the
kuwa. We found that most hoe from Lowe's will work as long as the blade is secured to the
Weeding a garden can get boring quickly. To stem boredom, I often take a break and shadow box the imaginary ninja climbing over my wall while invading my back yard with their chains (manrikigusari), sickles (gusarigama), swords (katana), star darts (suriken) and nunchuks (nunchaku). But the Gilbert ninjas are no match for my hoe (kuwa) or rake (ra-ke). 

The battle begins after I've removed a few weeds and my mind  wanders. Soon, there are ninjas climbing all over my back wall! Using my peasant hoe I purchased from the nearby hardware store, I take on the well-armed ninjas.

I block the attack from a club (hanbo) from the ninja who strikes to the top of my head using my 'ei' (handle) and follow with a cut to his toes using the kuwaba (bladed end of the hoe). While the ninja is hopping around on his good foot, I finish him by hooking the back of his good knee with the kuwaba pulling him off balance and quickly chambered my weapon to finish him with tsuki (thrust strike) on the knee cap. You should of heard him yell.

Amada blocks bo strike from Adam using the 'ei' of the kuwa.
I strike overhead in an attempt to hit the next ninja - but he blocks my hoe with his bo (staff). So I quickly hook his bo pulling him off balance and swing my hoe striking with the egashira (non-bladed end) knocking him into my swimming pool. I strike the next ninja with the ejiri (butt of the handle) and the battle is over that quick. I take a deep breath, observe the damage to my garden, and then continue removing weeds until the next wave of ninja invade my garden (and mind). It was a good day to be a peasant in Gilbert Arizona.

Neal attacks with knife but is stopped by thrust with blade
end of kuwa.
At the Arizona School of Traditional Karate, many peasants from Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale show up with garden tools for kobudo lessons in our classes.

Kuwa is just one of the many weapons taught to these peasants. A form of shadow boxing, known as kata, help all of us karate practitioners to become experts in martial arts. How else could I defend so many ninja with just a hoe or a rake?

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