The Kama was originally a farming instrument used for cutting rice. Shaped like a small scythe, it is an extremely effective self defense tool as well. This form introduces the basic movements for using the Kama including cutting motions, blocking and switch grip maneuvers.
SImilar to the Kama as well as some of the other weapons in this category, the Nunchaku was originally an agricultural tool used for threshing rice or soybeans. With either a chain or a rope connecting two short sticks, there are a variety of ways it can be used in a combat situation. This first form will teach some of the basic movements with the Nunchaku.
The Sai (also called a Sai Dagger) was purportedly modeled after a well known and established weapon, the trident. Known as a weapon of the Gods, the Sai was developed to be more compact and thus allow for one in each hand. Because of its unique shape, the Sai can be used to block, trap and even break an attacker’s weapon. The first Sai form develops the basic movements that will be used in each of Sai forms in this category.
Made popular by Bruce Lee, the Nunchaku can be very dynamic and this form works on the more advanced rolling movements.
The Warfan was used by Samurai for both warfare as well as signaling purposes. A Warfan could be used to ward of the attack of arrows or knives and even the occasional sword.
Involving far more advanced rotational skills, Nunchaku Kata – Level 3 should provide even the most experienced martial artists a challenge in coordination.
Warfan Kata 2 increases the level of skill in both the movement and stance work throughout the form, but also advances some of the striking methods used with the Warfan.