|Soke Hausel at Arizona hombu karate dojo in Mesa with|
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 and boats. One of these is nuntei bo used to catch fish and capture fishing nets.
|Soke Hausel (center) with Hanshi Rob Watson to his left and Renshi Todd Stoneking to his right, at the Arizona Hombu|
Karate Dojo in Mesa, May, 2018
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 for use as the bo shaft of the weapon. The total length of a nuntei bo is 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.|
|Black belts Amira and Suzette train in tanto (knife) and tekko (Okinawa |