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By Jikishin Kobudo, Oct 19 2013 11:00AM

A farmer prepares for work in the field, carrying his spade (Kuma). He is protected from the elements by his sun shade (Kasa) and raincoat (Mino). For the purposes of self defence, the Kasa could become a shield (Tengpei), the Kuwa could be wielded with bludgeoning and cutting actions and the Mino might act as cushioning armour (Yoroi).

By Jikishin Kobudo, Sep 27 2013 11:00AM

We are fortunate to practice martial arts amongst one of the largest collections of arms and armour in the world, at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, England.

One of the objects on is display is exhibit XXVIM.17: Listed as a Chinese parrying weapon. The weapon is steel and measures 48.9cm in length. Its shaft is octagonal and the hilt is very sturdy.

The exact age of this weapon has not yet been determined, but we believe it to be at least one hundred years old. This weapon was purchased from a collection of South and East Asian weapons in the second half of the 20th century.

At the moment we are investigating as to whether this item is Okinawan or indeed Chinese and would welcome the thoughts of other martial artists with experience in this area. The item can be viewed at the museum inside the Oriental Gallery.

By Jikishin Kobudo, Sep 11 2013 11:00AM

This armour was made by the legendary Iwai Yosaemon of Nara, who was personal armourer to the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Ieyasu's son, Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada, gave the armour to Captain John Saris in 1613 as part of a gift for King James 1st of England.

The armour is currently displayed in the Tower of London in England as part of the collection held by the Royal Armouries Museum. It has been on display there since at least 1660. Another armour made for James 1st is on display in the Leeds Museuem.

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