Students practising katana kata

Kobudo is the study of traditional Okinawan/Japanese weapons. We encourage students to spend a little time each lesson practising traditional weapons kata. Although not compulsory for lower kyu grades, the practice of weapons improves balance, coordination, concentration, and muscle control, all of which helps the student in their general ju-jitsu practice.

Before taking their first Dan grade (Black Belt) students are expected to perform 5 basic weapons kata (sets of moves). These are:

Students at all levels are encouraged to spend a few minutes during each lesson learning the weapons kata. Before taking their black belt, students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the first kata in each of the 5 weapons listed above.

After passing at level 5, further weapons kata are studied, including: