Hey everyone. I'm doing a bit of research on some of our kobudo (Okinawan weapons) forms. Mainly trying to get a better grasp on where they fit into the bigger picture of combat vs. defense. Are they derived from "battlefield" techniques or are they meant more for home protection, self defense, etc.?
Either way I have further questions about the training methods that evolved into the various kata we now have. The biggest of which, at the moment, is what kind of opponent were they designed to fight?
If anyone has info on these kata and their pre-Okinawan origins I would be interested. Or any links to sources would be appreciated as well!
Thanks for any info you can share.