It’s not just spins and nunchuck skills! Kobudo is the Okinawan art of weaponry. It’s not really lost, but is often misunderstood. What you see is just the beginning of what you can get out of this art. Knowing where kobudo comes from relates to what it can address and where it can go! Context is everything and the history of kobudo is a shining example of the past and the present.
Kobudo is it’s own distinct art, but the concepts and applications cross paths with open hand systems. It has direct and practical applications in defense, as well.
In-depth analysis of kobudo can help students perform and apply technique in an effective manner and spur on-going improvement. For instructors, it offers a rich pool of material to help keep students on track and interested in the system, as well as providing a conduit for personal martial growth and a deeper connection to the system you teach.
Bring this to your training in 2 ways!
Instructor Focused Workshop: Kobudo theory analysis session(s) working with standard kata & drill sets or specific forms for your school. Aimed at instructors & senior students. We dive into that material and look for all the opportunities to tear it apart, tie it all together and extend it into your training and teaching.
Hosted open seminar: Hosted at your location using lecture, drills and kata, allowing the participants to discover( and rediscover ) the functionality in this art, for beginners or experienced attendees. Participants will be encouraged to review their technical tool box and add new concepts and applications. System-specific forms can also be used to reinforce your system-specific concepts.
Seminars are led by Paul Wilson of White Rock Kenshinkan and co-host of the Karate Cafe Podcast. Wilson Sensei is Austin’s leading instructor in kata application, hosting annual open seminars attended by instructors and students from Okinawan, Japanese, Korean and U.S. based systems. The seminars are based on understanding the commonalities of our arts, the concepts that join our lineages and removing the politics that block learning.
Tonight we covered material for the next level, ippon kumite with a counter and an intro to kobudo with some bo warm up exercises and a couple of basic techniques.
Kumite – See!? All that talk about blocking with intent and looking for circles comes into play more now! Good clean blocks and don’t rush the counter…
Kobudo- a bit on the bo and common concepts that are in karate and kobudo. See the push/pull and the circles in the techniques? Kobudo helps with awareness, as you can see. Or probably feel, once or twice…