Yes, some Okinawans, even though disarmed by their king (Sho Shin) in 1480 AD, and later by Satsuma Samurai clan from neighboring Japan in 1609 AD, still found weapons of self-defense in tool boxes, mill houses, boats, etc. One of these tools, known as nuntei bo, was used to catch fish and capture fishing nets.
Each spring, the Arizona Hombu Karate Dojo in Mesa, schedules a traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate and Kobudo Clinic with members of Utah Shorin Kai from the Salt Lake valley. Karate-ka arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport to attend the annual clinic, that is scheduled a few weeks prior to the Juko Kai National Black Belt Clinic in New Braunfels, Texas. A few members from the Arizona Hombu, University of Wyoming, Gillette Shorin-Ryu, Casper Shorin-Ryu, Cheyenne Shorin-Ryu, and Grand Canyon University also attend the JKI clinic to learn more about traditional martial arts.
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Mesa with nuntei-bo
Modern nuntei-bo are mostly made of Red Oak hard wood with a chrome manji sai on one end. Woods such as White Oak, Hickory, Jatoba and Purpleheart are all good to use as a bo shaft of the weapon. The total length of a nuntei bo was not set, but many are around 81 inches. The nuntei-bo has attributes of bo, with the added attraction of various strikes, traps and hooks using the manji sai.
|Training in sojutsu with yari (Okinawan spear) at the 2018 clinic.|