Kobudo and Kobujutsu

The Ryukyu kobudo (or sometimes kobujutsu) are the traditional weapons arts of Okinawa and the other islands of the Ryukyu archipelago. Beyond this simple definition it is very difficult to gain a clear, accurate understanding of the historical and technical development, or even the very composition. of these fighting arts. Much of what has been written in Japanese and English is misleading. Perhaps the writers were poorly informed, or wished to advance a particular point of view or agenda, or engaged in unfounded speculation.

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