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By Jikishin Kobudo, Jun 22 2016 11:12AM

We have had four sets of replicas made of these that have just arrived today. An outstanding weapon, that has hardly been put down all afternoon. Now we just need to find out a bit more about their history.

If anyone has seen or used knuckle-dusters that are exactly like these - please get in touch. They are quite rare and different from the mainstream Okinawa Tekko and are almost certainly Chinese. Of particular interest is the fact that these appear to be a mixture of Tekko and Tetchu. Oddly perhaps is also the ornate decoration along the bar that would usually be gripped, whereas the striking side is more rounded and undecorated. Possibly evidence that these were used as horse stirrups? Much to research with these and much to enjoy in their use.

By Jikishin Kobudo, Aug 21 2015 11:00AM

Four of the Sensei from Jikishin Kobudo entertained visitors today at a packed Royal Armouries Museum by teaching children the defensive martial arts techniques and stances used by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Though Jikishin Kobudo is strictly an adult club and we do not condone teaching weapons to children because weapons are malevolent in construction, we believe that offering them a censored experience of what real defensive martial arts training consists of helps children to contextualise the techniques of the cartoon in the real world and understand that weapons are not toys and the cartoons are ficticious portrayals.

Sensationalising fighting techniques is one of the biggest social problems in western society and leads to many assaults, injuries and deaths due to unrealistic expectations of fighting. We have learned that when we introduce fighting to children it must be done with much careful consideration, if it is to be done at all.

By Jikishin Kobudo, Jan 8 2015 01:29PM

This mysterious weapon is potentially one of the most important martial arts artefacts in the world. Currently in private ownership in England this weapon was formerly the property of the family of William Gladstone (1809 – 1898), four times British Prime Minister and President of the Board of Trade during the wars between Britain and China. On it is inscribed the symbol (正) which represents correctness. It has been suggested that this was presented to William Gladstone by the Chinese, though this claim as yet remains uncorroborated.

It is steel, weighs 603grams and measures 52cm in length, the shaft is circular and the cambered double-edged blade measures 8cm long and 2.5cm wide. It is ideal for strong parries and puncturing and slicing blows. The weapon is dated to 1850 (approx) and though not showing any signs of recent sharpening it still maintains a cutting edge. A single notch in the blade may suggest a use at some time.

This weapon is contemporary to the Sai and is associated with a plethora of short range steel weapons that were at one time a key feature of southern Chinese martial arts and its similarity to the Kama cannot be ignored. The exact name of this weapon is unknown and we would welcome suggestions from other martial artists and historians. This weapon has contributed to the ongoing practical research into historical fighting practice at Jikishin Kobudo and will feature as part of a martial arts demonstration at the Royal Armouries Museum in February 2015.

William Gladstone was a popular, caring and poignant man whose insight into world affairs is as relevant today as it was a century and a half ago.

“Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan among the winter snows, are as sacred in the eye of Almighty God as are your own. Remember that He who has united you together as human beings in the same flesh and blood, has bound you by the law of mutual love, that that mutual love is not limited by the shores of this island, is not limited by the boundaries of Christian civilisation, that it passes over the whole surface of the earth, and embraces the meanest along with the greatest in its wide scope” W.E. Gladstone 1879.

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.

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