Shihan Nishiuchi explains and demonstrates basic theory, exercises, techniques, drills and authentic katas of a wide variety of traditional Okinawan weapons.
DVD 1: Tonfa: Explains and demonstrates basic theory, exercises, techniques, drills and authentic tonfa kata.
DVD 2: Oar: The basic applications of the iyeku, the oar, including the sand throw and a rare 600 year old kata, Tsuken-Aka-Chu-No-Iyuke-De.
DVD 3: Kama: The basic exercises, blocks, attacks, cutting techniques and catching of an opponent's weapons. Also the little known Ko-Bu-Ni-Cho-Gama, two sickle, kata is shown.
DVD 4: Nunchaku: Included are exercises with the nunchaku, basic moves, chokes, takedowns and two special katas.
DVD 5: Demonstrates exercises with the sai, including basics, drills, throwing and catching techniques and how to disable an opponent's weapons. Includes the famous two sai and three sai katas.
DVD 6: Bo vol 1: Learn the most fundamental and important techniques needed to learn the bo. The original version of the first and most popular bo kata of all time, Shu-Shi-No-Kon is demonstrated.
DVD 7: Bo vol 2: Shows very practical bo applications, including more advanced techniques and the three famous katas Cho-Un-No-Kon, Saku-Gawa-No-Kon, and Tsu-Ken-No-Kon in their original forms.
DVD 8: Hoe (Kuwa): This simple Okinawan farmer tool changes to a powerful weapon. A rare kata, Matayo-Shi-No-Kuwa-Nu-De, is also shown. The hoe is one of the Okinawan kobudo weapons which is little known, even among the Okinawans. For the first time ever, these ancient secret techniques are revealed.
DVD 9: Nunti: This weapon is normally used with two manji sai. Shows the rare nunti kata, Matayoshi-No-Nunti, basics, and advanced techniques against an opponent attacking with a variety of weapons. This unique weapon was featured in the movie Karate Kid II.
DVD 10: Timbei (Shield & Sword): This is one of the Okinawan weapons, which was influenced by the Chinese, since Okinawa is located close to mainland China. This set of weapons includes a shield and a sword or hand held spear called a Rochin. Matayoshi-No-Timbei kata is shown. See how the ancient people fought with these weapons and then learn how to handle them.
DVD 11: Suruchin (Whip Rope): The Okinawan fisherman simply tied two rocks together with a shuro (hemp) rope and used this as a powerful self-defense weapon. This weapon is one of the most difficult weapons to master, but is very effective once mastered. Shows how to use this weapon step by step without getting hit. This weapon is especially fun and challenging.
Although on first viewing Shihan Nishiuchi's videos might seem simple, there is something here for everyone from beginner to advanced. With solid basic instructions and room to interpret and perform bunkai with yourself and your teachers or students.
The no-frills kobudo is solid, and there are many useful little gems of wisdom along the way. (How to make sure you are holding your nunti aligned properly without having to see it, for example)
A bit of history and a bit of philosophy sneaks its way in here and there as well and personally I'd love to hear more of them.
I have already bought Nishiuchi's books and look forward to finding the updated version of these videos and looking into his sword teachings.
In my 40 plus years in the martial arts i have met many Okinawan stylist who claim high ranks , but are for some reason unfamiliar with the full spectrum of Okinawan weaponry , such as the Kuwa and Timbei, this is strange because the black jacket and white trousers represent the balance of skill in both weapons and empty hand in Ryukyu Kempo. This is a superb set of dvds that will give you a AUTHENTIC introduction into the lesser known ,and to an extent extinct aspect of anchient Okinawan weaponry, You will be fascinated by the ingenuity of of the okinawan people. Many martial artist no nothing of how to use these weapons but here is the grand opportunity to learn from a TRUE MASTER, and enthrall the audience at you next demo by showing the power, beauty, and dynamic grace of true authentic kobudo.