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Okinawan Weapons




The Eku was, and is, a genuine tool of Okinawan fisherman. Its popularity was obviously greatest in fishing areas, like Tomari and some of the outlying islands.

The Okinawan oar is only slightly shorter in length than a Bo, and has a long narrow paddle. One side of the paddle is flat, or gently convex, while the other side is peaked. The tip is rounded or slightly pointed.

Its systemization is related greatly to the Bo, but its techniques take advantage of its unique structure. There are techniques for scooping sand into an enemy's face, striking with either end, chopping with the edges and percussive strikes with the flat.

The oar has not been very popular in Japan, however, it is not uncommon among high level Karate-ka on Okinawa.


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