Monday, May 24, 2010

Numb Chuck

Thinking about a dose of home security today in the wood shop. I made a Tonfa from some closet hanger dowels and some lag bolts.

"The ownership of weapons was prohibited on the Okinawan Islands by the Japanese invaders. And so an exploration of self-defence techniques with new hidden weapons for self-defense began. The Tonfa is a martial arts fighting stick from the kobudo discipline which is the Okinawan art of fighting with weapons made or taken from everyday objects. Because the poor people of Okinawa were forbidden to own or carry weapons like swords, but they were also often attacked by others who did have such weapons.

The tonfa was originally a wooden handle that fit into a hole on the side of a millstone used to grind rice and other grains, dating back to 15th century Okinawa. The handle, which was easily disengaged from the millstone, became a very effective weapon of defense. Although data that conflicts with this is that the weapons origins can clearly be traced back to China and be found in Indonesia and surrounding locations."

Was doubting its efficacy, knocked my knuckle on the opposite hand with it, probably bruised the bone, careful kids...Remember hitting myself in the back of the head with nunchacku made from broomstix and laundry line. Domestic martialism.

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