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Martial Arts Weapons – Is Your Child Ready to Use Them?
Given how deeply martial arts movies and the world of martial arts have penetrated our popular culture, it’s inevitable that the idea of training with a martial arts weapon may come to your child when he or she is training in a martial art. This is only natural, and it’s been the way of things since we first began training ourselves, back in the early 1970s.
Back then, of course, it was about Bruce Lee and who could forget his martial arts weapon of choice or Chuck Norris. And it was also about the “Kung Fu” television series. And even Hong Kong Phooey, the 1974 cartoon series about a not-so-great kung fu dog and his snickering cat sidekick, though that one came around a few years after we’d first begun actual training.
All of that aside, it’s probably even more the case nowadays that a child has seen Jet Li or Jackie Chan in any of at least 50 or so popular movies, using a variety of weapons in some frankly amazing ways. The magic of the martial arts through the use of digital photography and computer generated imagery is partly an explanation for what’s going on, but the fact of the matter is many martial artists are demonstrating a level of skill not usually seen back in the so-called “old days.”
So what does this mean for your child when it comes to picking up a weapon and training with it? Well, for starters it means you need to take care that what he or she sees on the video or at the theater isn’t tried, at least at first, without strict adult supervision preferably by someone trained in the arts. This is supervision by you and by his or her instructor. After all, your child will want to – and need to – practice while at home and a responsible adult should be there to watch over your child's use of the weapon.Also, never let your young student practice with a bladed weapon without some form of supervision. If you’re uncomfortable with them using something like a traditional Kama (sickle), for example, you can get them children’s versions of the weapon. Older versions of this martial arts weapon used to be actually sharp even the Kamas used for training. It is very important that a "kid safe" real weapon be used like the martial arts weapons we manufacture here.
Your child’s instructor should also evaluate his young students coordination and ability to sling a blade, or a sword or even a pair of Nunchaku (“nunchucks”), the traditional Okinawan martial arts weapons that are famous around the world. These are great tools – not toys – but they may not be suitable for a child of five unless you and his or her instructor really think your child is ready to use them and that you purchase a real martial arts weapon that is truly kid safe.
It may be that the proper way to go with your son or daughter is to start with a weapon that looks fairly benign or easy to use. It is highly probable that your art of choice will be using these types of weapons. Wooden sticks or staffs (Bo staffs and Tambos) are always a good place to begin. They may look simple, but their correct use takes just as much practice as it would if your child were to pick up the Kama or a long sword. Coincidentally, those long swords come in wooden versions called “Bokken.” And soft, foam-covered versions of nunchucks are available, too.
The point to all is not to say that your child shouldn’t be allowed to pick up a weapon. That would never do, in the first place. In the second, training with a weapon can benefit, not harm, your child’s martial arts development. No, the point is to emphasize that everything has its time, and only you and your child’s instructor can be the deciders on just when that time is as all arts are a little different.
If you’re curious about any of the martial art weapons discussed in this article, you can look at them here. Our craftsmen at Buki Yuushuu (which means “weapon excellence” in Japanese) have many fine examples of the martial arts weapons discussed here, and all are thoroughly updated and modern in every way while also being fully in line with their classic ancestors and the purpose for which they were built. And more importantly all of these martial arts weapons are kid safe.