|Dr. Adam trains in kobudo at the Az Hombu Dojo|
It was a challenge keeping everyone in one piece; so the grandmaster spaced the deshi (students) with strict orders for no one to practice by themselves (for fear that someone might accidentally walk into their bo), and for everyone to carry bo in a vertical position held against the right (migi) shoulder. In this way, the karate instructor was able to keep everyone safe from a rogue swing. The classes focused on basic strikes (uchi), blocks (uke), kata, and a few applications (bunkai) on crowded kobudo nights. We all breathed a sigh of relief whenever a class ended and everyone left the dojo without a bo imprint on the side of their heads (atana).
|Dr. Amit demonstrates bo tsuki at|
University of Wyoming
|Nodes (shaku) are clearly seen in bamboo fence|
|A similar weapon to bo is kuwa - the garden hoe. The hoe is|
not as fast as weapon, but it provides an added attraction of
a cutting edge at one end.
Several years ago, at one of the many Juko Kai International clinics on kobujutsu, we trained in samurai bojutsu arts. I was a little nervous, but also very excited when we started training in kumite. We were at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis and had about 50 yudansha in a hanger. Like most Shorin-Ryu systems, we wore no protective gear - just had to defend ourselves, and it was more like a battlefield. We did not get a chance to pick a uke (partner), it was every karate-ka for himself and herself. So you had to be on the lookout for anyone near you as everyone and everything was fair game. Often we would find ourselves defending against 2, 3, and sometimes 4 and 5 martial artists. Talk about fun. Most people would think this would lead to serious injury, but we were all well trained and loved the martial arts and the only injuries were bruises to fingers because of misplaced blocks.
|Gardening with a smile|
|Soke Hausel from the Arizona Hombu dojo in Mesa, Arizona teaching bo clinic at Corbett Gym at the University of Wyoming in Laramie|