weapon that is not often seen in Japan proper, the Nunti, or
Nunte, is also known formally as a Nuntesu. It is a type of
Sai with points, or tips, on both ends, rather than a handle.
In addition, one of the tines is reversed, so that their is
a sort of "double sai" effect.
To many, the Manji-sai is really a regularly handled sai, with
one tine reversed. Regardless, Taira is credited with developing
the Jigen no sai kata for the Nuntesu. Other Nunti, or Nuntesu,
kata can be traced to the Uhugushiku (gate guard) and Kanagushiku
One of the more unique aspects of the Nunte is that it is often
attached to a Bo, and made in to a composite weapon called the
Nuntebo (nunte-staff). This was supposedly accomplished by those
who spent most of their time in and around the docks and marshes
of Tomari. Used as a boat tool, the Nunte spear may actually
have been a functional device in the harbor areas of Okinawa.
Practice consists of the Tsuken Nuntebo, Matayoshi Nuntebo,
Uhugushiku no Nuntebo or by adapting a Bo form such as Choun
no kon to the peculiarities of this composite device.