Kobujutsu Programs

Kobujutsu Programs offered through the 

The offers two Kobujutsu training programs. As a registered member of our dojo, the student will receive instruction and accreditation in both Okinawan Goju-Ryu and Okinawan Kobujutsu. 

For those martial arts schools seeking to advance their programs, we offer a stand-alone Kobujutsu certification program though the International Hokama Kobudo Organization. This program offers established dojo instructors and their students, regardless of style, the opportunity to obtain national and international accreditation and instructor certification. 

The is only one of six dojos in North America and the only dojo outside of the northeast US coast licensed to offer instruction and certification in this system.

Any established martial arts school interested in adding a legitimate Kobudo training program to their system, please contact Shihan McMains by sending an email to info@houstonkarate.org with “Kobujutsu Training” in the email subject line.

The Curriculum of the International Hokama Kobudo Federation

  • Bo 

    The Rokushaku Bo 六尺棒 (6’ staff) (pronounced “kon” in Okinawa) is easily one of the world’s oldest tools and battle implement. A 5’ bo is used by our younger Jr. students.

  • Eiku 櫂o

    The term Eiku (エークー katakana) actually refers to the local wood most commonly used to make Okinawan oars. Like the bo, the eiku was a common, everyday tool, specifically used by the Okinawan fisherman.

  • Kama 

    The Kama (sickle), like the bo and eiku, had its origins as a farming/work implement. The kama is one of the few Okinawan implements with a metal blade, as bladed weapons or the ownership of forgeable metals had been outlawed, except by nobility and the military.

  • Nunchaku 雙節棍

    There is much controversy over the origins of the Nunchaku (pair knotted/joined sticks): some say it was originally a Chinese weapon, others say it evolved from a threshing flail, while one theory purports that it was developed from a horse's bit. Nunchaku practice can include one nunchaku or in pairs.

  • Sai 

    Before it’s arrival in Okinawa, the Sai (hairpin) was already being used in other Asian countries including India, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. It may have been brought to Okinawa from one or several of these places simultaneously. The use of the sai gained its popularity through its use as a restraining device of Okinawan law enforcement in the late 19th century.

  • Tonfa トンファー

    The Tonfa (tuifa – Okinawa) / 拐 ch (crutch / old man’s cane) is believed to have originated in either China or Southeast Asia where it is used in the respective fighting styles. A similar weapon called the mai sok san is used in Krabi-krabong, a weapons-based system from Thailand.

  • Tanbo 短棒

    The Tanbo (baton) (yantok – Filipino) is traditionally taught using a single stick (24”). Within our dojo, our trainings use 1 and 2 sticks. The drills practiced in our dojo are based on Shihan McMains’ many years of training in Modern Arnis (Escrima) under its founder, the late Prof. Remy Presas. There are no kata taught for the tanbo.

  • Sansetsu Kon 三節鞭

    The Sansetsu Kon (3 Sectional Nunchaku) or sanchaku, consists of 3 pieces of wood ½ the length of the usual nunchaku (~6”) and joined together by cord. The smaller size allows the sansetsu kon to be hidden in clothing or bag. Like the full-size nunchaku, sansetsu kon can be practiced using a single unit or in pairs.

Kata List

  • Kumi-Bo 組棍
  • Oshiro no Kon 大城の棍
  • Shuji no Kon Sho 周氏の棍小
  • Shuji no Kon Dai 周氏の棍大
  • Sakugawa no Kon 佐久川の棍
  • Tokuyama no Tonfa 徳山市の拐
  • Hokama no Nunchaku 外間の雙節棍
  • Sansetsu no Kon三節の棍
  • Chibana no Sai 知花の釵
  • Hamahiga no Sai 浜比嘉の釵
  • Goeku no Ueku Di 五櫂の櫂手