Both the Samurai and Ninja were masters of many weapons. Many of these weapons are still practiced with to this day. Weapons training is essential to our arts as it builds skill in every facet of training, not simply weapons proficiency. Using a sword (Daito), 6-foot staff (Rokushaku Bo), weighted chain (Kusari), throwing stars (Teppan & Shuriken), and other weapons provides measureless gains for natural body movement, intuitive reflex, and muscle memory. Through our weapons training, an intuitive understanding of the use and function of all weapons will develop - modern, improvised, traditional, or otherwise.
Throwing stars and bo shuriken will develop the hand-eye coordination necessary to throw any number of improvised, common objects or even improve firearms proficiency. The intuitive principles of distance and projection will remain the same in each case. Sword and 3-foot staff (Hanbo) techniques can be easily adapted to suit a pool cue, baseball bat, or other similar sized object. A broom handle instantly becomes a lethal weapon in the hands of a skilled rokushaku bo practitioner. The kusari (weighted chain) provides techniques that can be used with a belt, extension cord, video game controller, or any number of common items.
An understanding of how to use and defend against a knife has been an essential part of all combat arts for centuries. Not only are these very practical, modern skills developed, but a deep and beautiful history is also preserved within, and in so keeping with the traditions of the past, we learn an indomitable spirit that is often lacking in our age. All of this developed hand-in-hand with our unarmed training creates a complete warrior, able to act and adapt skillfully in any situation, utilizing everything at his disposal.