Kobudô is actually a misnomer for this fascinating art. The term literally translates into English as "ancient martial ways," referring to any of the old classical martial arts of Japan. In modern times, however, it has come to be used when referring to the development of using peasant tools and farm implements of Okinawan origin as weapons. It has no sporting aspects.
The kobudôka (weapons student) trains with real weapons capable of producing a severe injury. This inherent danger leads to intense levels of concentration and psychological tension. Each student is expected to obtain and maintain their own weapons of a suitable quality.
The system taught at this Dôjô is Nikkô-ryû, a Japanese art of using weapons which traces its roots to the Ryûkyû Kobudô Hozon Shinkokai, founded in 1955 by Shinken Taira. It stresses use of the bô, tonfa, sai, kama, nunchaku, keibô, jô, and tantô as well as providing limited instruction in the major arts of kenjutsu (sword), sô-jutsu (spear), naginata-jutsu (halberd), kyûjutsu (archery), and hojutsu (firearms) so the senior student has a working knowledge of an array of weapons. Students will also receive training in several little-known weapons such as the suruchin, tinbe, kusarigama, tsue, shuriken, and others.
Kobudô is a secondary art built upon the foundations of older, classical martial arts. Applicants for acceptance must hold the rank of nikyû or higher in a primary art such as karate, aikidô, kenjutsu, jûjutsu, or similar art.