Budo Foundation offers many forms of Oriental Weapons training,
including, the Katana (the most popular) Bo, Jo, Bokken and
originates from the samurai classes of feudal japan, during which they
developed the use of the sword to an art. The sword was used for close range
combat and dueling.
The real core of Kenjutsu is of course the person rather than the weapon and
it’s study incorporates strong spiritual and philosophical aspects.
Kenjutsu will develop your ability
to assess space and distance, whilst increasing your sense of balance and building on your co-ordination skills. Throughout your training you will come to develop a `Oneness with the sword', where your sword becomes an expansion of your body.
Nunchukas are an ancient martial
arts weapon derived from the rice flails. Nunchukas consist of two sticks joined
by chain or rope that can be moved at great speed around the body and
used as a very effective weapon.
training involves great discipline, speed and co-ordination of movement and
this develops from learning Kata work. Though the Nunchakas can be
difficult to master, they are fun to learn.
The bo, being the way of the wood.
In feudal Japan it was part of the bugei (early Japanese martial arts) and was used by samurai, priests, and commoners alike.
6ft long, made it an apt weapon against swordsmen, disarming the opponent while allowing the user to remain at a safe distance.
Traditionally, the bo evolved from poles balanced across the shoulders to carry water or other loads. As a fighting instrument,
it allowed locking and striking against a range of weapons.
The bo is currently used in kata performance and improves
balance and upper-body strength.