Advanced Okinawan Kempo Karate : How To Use a Kama in Kempo Karate
The great thing about Kamas is that they can
come from different angles. There are eight directions. Like a sword, you have down, up
across, and 45 degree angle strikes. For the reverse grip, you flip the Kama upside down.
This is done by holding it between your index finger and your thumb. Let the Kamas fall
and then you quickly switch your grip up. This takes practice. If you try to do it too
fast without thinking, you’ll drop the Kama. In competition, if you drop your Kama during
the form, it is embarrassing. You’ll have points deducted. Sometimes you’ll get a zero,
which isn’t good. You just have to make sure you know what you are doing. You want to make
sure that you maintain control of your weapon at all times. Although the flashy moves may
look good, it is very hard to maintain control of the weapon. Your reverse grip, again, protects
your forearm. A Kama is not very good against a Samurai sword because wood does not block
metal as well. However, with the curved blade, if you are in very close, you can actually
strike. It is almost like an elbow strike. You bring it up and then finish. When you
are coming down, your primary target would be right above the clavicle. It is that little
nice soft spot. You bury the Kama in, right there. It is very violent and can be gross.
Also, there are hooking techniques, where you are hooking the back of the neck. Kamas
are also great to go around the limbs. If someone is trying to stab you with a knife,
you come around and then you strike. Different styles have different ways of using Kama.
Traditionally you have your reverse grip and your regular grip When you are finished, you
put the two Kama together and you bow.