Karate by definition means empty hand. Certain weapons were developed and used during the same time that the martial arts were being created. These techniques are parallel to the techniques used in karate. Even though the study of ancient weapons (kobudo) is a separate martial art, they work together in harmony, improving the basics of both empty hand and the weapons simultaneously. This is furthered by the study of the Japanese samurai sword. This is the single weapon that Okinawan weapon systems were created to defend against.
Our System is YAMASHITA-MATAOSHI system headed by Tadashi Yamashita. Regional leader is Dave Bloem and taught at Bassai by Phil Oakes. The system is distinctly different than most of the traditional Okinawa kobudo systems in that it incorporates some Chinese weapons and fighting philosophies and tends to be more dynamic. In society today modern weapons have replaced the sword and other ancient weapons. Yet the study has some definite benefits.