Martial Arts Weapons Training
Martial Arts Weapons Training (Sai, Kama, Tonfa) Part-4
(50:45) The second part of the ‘Arakaki-fukan’, is what we call ‘Arakaki-no-kon’, ‘Arakaki-no-koni’.
(50:54) If we are doing it only in a second part, we started the same. Position inside the down foot, bow. I’m going to bring my arm across, but this time I’m going to drop into a horse stance with my left foot sliding to the left and bring the stick as such.
(51:16) The way that I am doing that is by turning my hand, this hand, turning my hand and sliding at this hand, so that I’ve got an equal two and two grip on the bow.
(51:40) I bring it here to a chamber position, I’m going to block to my peel of this forward and strike forward with this part of the bow. What I am doing, could either be what is called the satchel, I’m going to knock that person backwards of flat on the rear end or if I do it more ballistic, faster and harder, I’m going to be breaking wrist or knocking into the sternum.
(52:08) Now I’m going to back off, I come like so.
(52:16) Once again, here.
(52:37) Okay, from the beginning motion. Taking the arm out of the sleeve, crossing the forehead, dropping and sliding, the shot show. We are going to step back and get it to our defensive position. The defensive decision put something in between me and the opponent.
(52:55) I bring it over to the top and advance and come with volunteered equivalent of a karate reverse punch. One, two, an uppercut, across the neck, opposite motion and back to where we started. Once again, across the forehead, dropping, shot show. Defensive posture, offensive, one, two, three, four, five, six. I’m going to drop my weight and as I drop, I’m waiting a minute to look at my left.
(53:34) Step in the left, come in with a curling motion and bring it down like so.
(53:43) So I came from here, I came forward, striking, turning, when I toss, I’m not just using my arm, I’m turning my body weight to the twirl and drop him down.
(54:03) I’m now going to slide the weapon back so that my hand comes almost to the end and slide the weapon back, I’m going to take my back hand then I will slide it up to my hip.
(54:15) Keeping my low posture, I step forward, I’m going to pull very hard with my left hip. I’m going to come across for the sweeping motion with my right hand.
(54:31) This is very important that when I do this, I twist my wrist. I was here, I’m pulling and twisting, I’m coming around, pay attention to the wrist. Twisting the wrist.
(54:49) Once again, defensive posture, offensive action. One, two, three, four, five, six. Keeping the low posture, looking, striking ,as the striking comes in, one, two, three, four, drop.
(55:15) Pulling back, sliding up. Stepping in, I’m in ‘kosa-datchi’ here, cross leg stands, protection only, forward motion, rendition, twisting my whole body, striking. What was my barrel leg now becomes my forward leg and now I’m going to move backward. I bring my leg up, as I bring my leg up, I’m bringing my hand up. The motion from the front, I construct, I just struck, I moved in, came like so, I’m now going to step forward, strike with the leg.
(55:56) The actual direction, here, here, and here. Very important part of this is where I place the bottom of the weapon. When the stick does coming we may cause pedigrees, they will come all the way up to here with this. Very silly. Two reasons— when I hit there is got to be something behind this, other than just my hand and if I hit and it gets pushed back into me, if this is placed at my throat, I’m not going to be right into the stick.
(56:38) Once again, defensive posture, offensive action. One, two, three, four, five, six. Keeping low, prepare like motion, retraction. Let’s do that again. Defensive posture, offensive action. One, two, three, four, five, six. Stepping into prepare like motion, I’m bringing it now, sliding as I step forward and strike, long screaming strike. Slide back, severe like action with the butt to the chest and back.
(57:26) I’m now going to step forward and across, sweep the bow this way, this way and this way. I step around, sweep the bow this way, this way, and this way. I’m now going to go to the rear end of my stick.
(57:51) I will face forward so that you can see what I am doing, so re-done in motion that we have done already in the form.
(57:59) The defensive to the offensive, one, two, three, four, five, six. From the beginning.
(59:13) Relax, follow the form. I’m going to bring my back leg all the way around, so it becomes my back leg facing this way. Back up into a cat stance, one and two.
(59:27) The ‘Kata’ ends this way. This is a standard guard position, bring the bow and bow.
(1:00:25) Arakaki-no-tondai. This is the first and second ‘kata’ which are actually the first grade and second grade of the Arakaki sticks. Knowing two ‘Katas’ makes you actually know the ‘Kata’. The actual ‘Kata’, once again, this is number one and number two ancient ‘Unshu’.
(1:02:12) Kama, unlike the kobudo weapons, this is actually was a farm tool. The interesting techniques of ‘Tey’, the original Okinawa combative system, were incorporated into the use of something that the Okinawans carried daily with at work.
(1:02:30) The thing that one has to remember with ‘Kama is to have always have respect with the weapon. Not fear on it but a respect for it. Why? Because its likes. Many times we utilize the ‘Kama’ and we forget where we are putting one of our arms when we are using the other arms in the opposite modality
(1:02:48) Another problem is some people were utilize a technique too close to their own body. There are two problems with that. Number one, you are going to wind up getting bit by the weapon, number two, the techniques close to your body will not be as effective because these are offensive and defensive weapons.
(1:03:05) You want to have them so that you can keep the other person’s weapon away from you. The kama can be held at various lengths. It can be held all the way at the end, it could be held much closer to the blade, if you are going to be using the handle part for blocking, which is primarily where you block with, it has been in a hole to down here.
(1:03:28) If you are going to be using offensively, then you hold it further up. This is actually a stronger grip for ripping , slashing and stabbing. And of course, this is going to give more power for the sweeping motions.
(1:03:44) The kama can be used to stab, straight forward, it can be used to slash, very similar to a sword but you are using the tip mark on the slash. But the most interesting part to me of the use of the Kama, is the used of the middle of the blade. Where the Kama grabs and pulls. When it grabs and pulls, that pull is actually slicing.