Train with Weapons

Martial Arts Classes

Kobudo Combat Martial Arts: ages 13+

Sensei Brooks teaches all martial arts students, personalizing to each's abilities.

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Classes meet from 7:00-8:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday

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Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu is one of the very few martial arts that incorporate the use of age-appropriate weaponry into normal training.

Don't Limit Your Training

If someone were to attack you, they will probably do it with some sort of weapon. If you don't train to defend against weapons, you won't be prepared for the most likely attack scenario.

Better Understanding of Martial Arts

Training with weapons teaches important skills aside from the obvious offensive and defensive benefits. Students gain an increased understanding of distance, timing, body structure and shape. They also learn to use weapons to influence opponents psychologically, since weapons attract an attacker's focus. In addition, we teach how to use an opponents' overconfidence in their weapons against them.

Safety First!

The most important concept of every martial art is, "Stay Safe!" The whole point of training in a martial art is to protect ourselves and those around us. We realize that training with weapons can be exciting and fun. However, in order to keep everyone safe, padded and dull training weapons are usually used in the dojo. Solid or pointed weapons are restricted to teens and adults. All students are taught to exercise extreme caution, care, and respect for others when handling any weapon.

Anything and Everything

Bujinkan students are very creative in their definition of the word "weapon". Since most people in our country do not walk around armed with guns, baseball bats, or samurai swords, we need to know how to use our training with common, everyday items. For example, if you know how to use a knife, what's to say you can't use your keys or a pencil to stab like a knife? Or say you don't happen to be walking down the street with a rope in your purse when you get attacked. Why not use the purse strap as a rope instead?

Your Arsenal

Here is a list of some of the most common weapons used in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu:

Projectile Weapons

Picture of a Plastic Beretta Handgun
Picture of Ninja Stars
Picture of Pepper Spray
Blinding powder /
Pepper spray
Alternatives: anything small that you can throw. Loose change, keys, pens, grass or gravel, baby powder, etc.

Small Sneaky Weapons

Picture of a KBAR Knife
Picture of Tekagi Shuko
Picture Not Yet Available
Picture of Tessen
Picture of Jutte
Alternatives: anything small that you can jab, slice or flip. Keys, scissors, pens, water bottles, trowels, etc.


Picture of a Katana Sword
Picture of a Wakizashi Sword
Picture of a Tanto Short Sword
Picture of an Odachi Greatsword
Picture of a Ninjato
Alternatives: anything thin of moderate length that has a handle. Hedge trimmers, rebar, camping pie irons, etc.
Training Swords
Picture of a Bokken Training Sword
Picture of a Shinai Training Sword
Fukuro Shinai

Short Staff

Picture of a Hanbo Half Staff
Picture of a Jo Staff
Picture of a Japanese Saya
Saya (scabbard for a Japanese sword)
Alternatives: any blunt stick ~4 feet long and under: baseball bats, sticks, pipes, etc.

Long Staff / Spears

Picture of a Rokushakubo Staff
Rokushakubo / Bo
Picture of a Yari Spear
Picture of a Naginata
Alternatives: any blunt or sharp stick over ~4 feet long: Mops, shovels, rakes, pool cues, etc.


Picture of a Kama Sickle
Picture of a Kamayari Sickle Spear
Picture of a Kusarigama
Alternatives: anything with a hook on it: garden claw, fishing pole, etc.

Flexible Weapons

Picture of a Coil of Rope
Nawa / Ropes
Picture of Chains
Picture of a Kusari Fundo
Picture of a Kyoketsu Shoge
Kyoketsu shoge
Alternatives: any piece of flexible material. Jackets, purse straps, belts, bike locks, etc.

Heavy Melee Weapons

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Ono (axe)
Picture of an Otsuchi War Hammer
Picture of a Kanabo
Alternatives: Any heavy object you can swing: hammers, rocks, mauls, hatchets, etc.