In the traditional Japanese martial arts or ryu-ha (流派 – school, style, flow, to a certain group, company, fraction), we meet various classical weapons, that from today’s view seem completely unconventional. In the past, their design and craftsmanship, represented a masterpiece of the top Japanese masters, and handling them was led to perfection. Although their efficiency in the time that we live in is unjustifiably put under a question mark, in our organization the lectures of utilizing the weapon that was used in the time of the samurai and the ninja are obligatory. That way, we continue the tradition of the previous generations that founded and transmitted the martial styles.
While learning the arts for classical weapons (bukijutsu), the student not only improves his psycho-physical abilities, but in case of self-defense learns how to use any object of his surroundings.
The training with weapons starts when the student learns well the basics of barehanded combat (taijutsu), and when the teacher is sure in his moral responsibility. During the training, to avoid more severe injuries, wooden or rubber replicas are used.
Due to the lack of space, we will mention some of the arts for weapons that are taught in our Organization:
Kenjutsu – of every serious student is expected to learn the basics of a sword combat. That way the basics of barehanded combat are strengthened and the application of the principles learned previously are practiced. The katana is the soul of the samurai, and for the ninja it represents an extended arm that can overcome the distance easier, that the victory or the defeat depends on.
Bojutsu – the art of staff combat. Rokushaku bo (180 cm), jo (128 cm) and hanbo (90 cm) are staffs with different sizes that are used to teach the basics of bujutsu. Training with them gives an excellent foundation for further prospect and opens the path to learning yari and naginata.
Sojutsu – spear combat (yari) in the past was one of the most important skills that was used on the battlefield. This weapon keeps the opponent on a safe distance, and the tip of the weapon can end in one of the many vulnerable points of the body anytime.
Naginatajutsu – one of the most complex weapon in the Japanese martial tradition. It is used for cutting, striking or blocking an attack.
Kusarigamajutsu – the usage of kama on which a chain is mounted with weights at the end was a specialty of the warriors of Iga. The great swordsman Miyamoto Musashi often told about the battle he had with the „man of Iga“ armed with this dangerous weapon.
Juttejutsu – the samurai that cared about the order and the peace during the Edo period, mastered the usage of the Japanese bat called jutte (ten arms).
Kakushibukijutsu – missile weapons (shurikens), metal claws (shuko), chains of various sizes (kusari), small daggers and blades and everything else that can easily be hidden under the clothing of the warrior, are a part of the art Kakushibukijutsu (the art of the hidden weapons).