There are many benefits in training with martial arts weapons. Weapons work as light weights as well as weapons. Using them will help develop muscle tone and strength. Performing forms with weapons also helps develop coordination.
We teach both short and long range range. An example of a short range weapon would be a pair of kamas. The bo staff is a long range weapon.
Martial arts weapons are thought of as extensions of your arms. Strikes and blocks with weapons are basically traditional martial art techniques with the extensions. So, martial arts students need to learn martial arts techniques using their own bodies first before learning to use weapons. This helps students understand the applications behind weapons techniques.
Bo Staff is our primary weapon. All students are required to learn bo staff at intermediate rank. If the student chooses, they may begin earlier but it is not required until 6th gup.
Our bo staff instructor, Will Etter, has earned dozens of trophies in weapons competitions in New England as well as TN, GA and the Carolinas.
The Kali stick form is also required curriculum. We teach it in our regular classes as well as our weapons classes. It is a basic form that can be learned as early as white belt, learning stick low blocks along with traditional martial arts low blocks.
We also teach many stick to stick techniques. All of our instructors contribute to these lessons
We use bokkens and katanas to teach basic techniques and forms. When you reach advanced level, basic defense and sparring is added to the curriculum.
We start teaching with the 8 basic strikes, which is used to understand spatial awareness and to learn to use a sword to defend yourself from attacks coming from different angles. You will also learn correct breathing techniques and good posture from practicing sword.
Our sword instructor, Ian Turnage, has been studying sword intensely for the past two years and has won several awards at tournaments in TN, GA and the Carolinas
Fighting fans are our latest obsession. We are learning, teaching and creating forms. We first discovered fans at a tournament where we heard a big snap, almost like a gunshot. All eyes turned to the noise, and it was one small woman with two big fans. We immediately went online and ordered some.
Since then we have tracked down videos, lessons, techniques and forms at all levels and it has become part of our weekly routine, practicing both tricking and forms. Fan is taught by our head instructor, Victoria Rivas.
Although not as frequently as the other weapons, we also learn and give lessons in nunchaku, kamas and knife. All of our black belts have had knife training. Will and Victoria have trained with kamas also. We are all competent with chuks, but recently lost our resident chuk instructor to college in Knoxville but we hope to have him back for summers! We would also like to track down someone who can train us in sai! We love weapons and are always anxious to learn a new one!