Glossary – By Category

Weapons - Kobudo

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  • b

  • 6 foot wooden staff tapering from 1 inch in the center to 3/4 inches on each end
  • c

  • A standard walking cane with a curved handle used in the Wakiniguri  Cane kata as taught by Taika Seiyu Oyata.
  • Mistake made in translation.  See Tijikun Bo.
  • e

  • A sea going boat oar unique in design; round shaft; head is curved on one side and comes to a point on the other side
  • An eku is an ancient weapon of Okinawan kobud? that originated from an oar, approximately 160 cm in length.  It consists of a shaft and a blade.  The blade is curved on one side and comes to a point down the middle on the other side.
  • j

  • 48- to 50-inch wooden staff can be tapered as the bo or with a reverse taper (larger at each end)
  • k

  • Bladed sickle originally used to cut sugarcane and rice
  • m

  • Sai with prongs facing in opposite directions
  • n

  • Wooden flail; two pieces of wood attached with a cord that is swung and twirled in order to strike an opponent; can also be used to trap weapons and limbs
  • Manji attached to the end of a bo
  • s

  • A dagger with two sharp prongs curving outward from the hilt, originating in Okinawa and often used in pairs
  • 6ft rope with weights tied to both ends
  • t

  • Two short sticks, about 2 ft long, used in pairs for striking and grappling
  • Originally the handle for a grinder; used as a flail to spin and strike opponents

Numbers - Bango

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  • ichi
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  • ni
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  • san
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  • shi
  • 5

  • go
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  • roku
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  • shichi
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  • hachi
  • 9

  • ku
  • 1

  • to or ju