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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2007 4:11 pm    Post subject: Ryûkyû kobujutsu weapons Reply with quote
Here are different arts practiced in Ryûkyû Kobujutsu 琉球古武術.

Weapon names in katakana are in uchinâguchi ウチナーグチ, Okinawa dialect.


bô-jutsu 棒術, kon-jutsu 棍術 or konbô-hô 棍棒法
the art of staff
Among other things, there is the sanshaku-bô 三尺棒 (three-foot-staff), the rokushaku-bô 六尺棒 (six-foot-staff), the kyûshaku-bô 九尺棒 (nine-foot-staff). Staff is also called kun クン in Okinawa dialect.



eiku-jutsu エイク術 or kai-jutsu 櫂術

the art of the oar
Oar is also called êku エーク, uêku ウエーク, or iêku イェーク, and kai 櫂 in japanese.




kama-jutsu 鎌術 or kama no te 鎌の手




nunchaku-jutsu ヌンチャク術
the art of nunchaku (flail)
There is the nunchaku ヌンチャク or sôsetsu-kon 双節棍 (double-section staff), and the sanbon-nunchaku 三本ヌンチャク (triple-nunchaku) or sansetsu-kon 三節棍 (triple-section-staff).




sai-jutsu 釵術
the art of sai
On left hand side, there is a pair of sai 釵, and on the right hand side, a pair of manji-sai 卍釵 sai-svastika.




nunti-jutsu ヌンティ術
the art of nunti
the nunti ヌンティ looks like a manji-sai whose prongs are the same length. It's also called nunti-sai ヌンティ釵. There is a polearm made out of a nunti stuck in the tip of a staff called nunti-bô ヌンティ棒 (nunti-staff).




surujin-jutsu スルジン術
the art of the surujin
The surujin is a weighted chain or rope, whose one of the weight can be pointed.




tekkô-jutsu 鉄甲術
the art of the tekkô
A weapon closely related to brass-knuckles.




tinbê-jutsu ティンベー術
the art of the tinbê
The tinbê is a turtle shell used as a shield. It can also be made out of bamboo or iron. It's wielded along with a short spear called rôchin ローチン, or a kind of machete called seiryûtô 青龍刀.




tonfâ-jutsu トンファー術
the art of the tonfâ
Also called tonkuwa トンクワ, tonkwa トンクァ, or toifâ トイファー.


kuwa-jutsu 鍬術 or kuwa no te 鍬の手
the art of the hoe




No, those photographs don't come from my personal arsenal. I swiped them from this site about Ryûkyû Kobujutsu. I merely possess a pair of sai from my "I do so like the way Elektra wields her sai" period, twenty years ago ! Embarassed Wink

EDIT I made some further research, and found new photos on this kobudô site
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Actually, the image you posted to the right of the sai are nunti-sai, not manji-sai. Nunti-sai differ in that they don't have a true handle or pommel knob, instead they have a rear "blade."


Parts of the manji-sai:
1 = Moto (center of the Sai)
2 = Monouchi (blade)
3 = Saki (blade - point)
4 = Tsume (fork - points)
5 = Yoku (forks)
6 = Tsuka (grasp)
7 = Tsukagashira (Knauf or head of the Sai)


Parts of the nunti-sai:
1 = Moto (center of the Sai)
2 = Mae monouchi (front blade)
3 = Mae saki (front blade point)
4 = Tsume (fork - points)
5 = Yoku (fork)
6 = Ushiro monouchi (rear blade)
7 = Ushiro saki (rear blade point)

And, while I'm at it, with regards to the tinbei/rochin, while in general, the shield is made from turtle shells, and the rochin is used alongside it, there are some variants:


Types of Tinbei:
1 = Tinbe from the tank a turtle
2 = Tinbe from bamboo
3 = Tinbe from iron


Types of Rochin*:
4 = 2 variants of Maru Rochin,
5 = 2 forms of Sanmenka Rochin,
6 = 4 different Shimenka Rochin. The names of the Rochin are based on the form of the cross section of the respective point.
7 = Seiryuto (machete)

*In addition to the seiryuto, I've also come across mention that a small sword known as a banto that is also used, but I'm still trying to track down the data on it.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Wow ! Thanks a lot !

Actually, I merely translated the comment of the photo

最上部写真の左側の釵は一般的な釵で、右側の釵は”まんじ”釵と言われているものです。
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
After some researches on the web, I haven't found much info, even in japanese about, sai, manji-sai and nunti.

All I could find was this photo on a swiss site, whose comment was :
Nunti (left), Manji - Sai (middle) und Sai (right)



note the subtile length difference of the prongs of the nunti and the manji-sai. Shocked Wink
They also call the manji-sai matayoshi-sai, from martial arts master 又吉眞豊 Matayoshi Shinpô.



There also is this photo whose comment is "a weapon shaped like that [manji-sai] cannot be found only in Okinawa. There is an identical weapon from Indonesia called siku-siku."

siku-siku (weapon used in pencak silat)

In brief, all I could find is that manji-sai hasn't any tsuka ! Or is there two kind of manji-sai ? One with a shorter prong, and one with a tsuka ? I doubt it
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