Martial Arts Weapons Training : History of the Tonfa in the Martial Arts
Michael Lewis here from Christian Martial
Arts, on behalf of Expert Village. We’re going to talk today about six traditional martial
arts weapons. We’re going to talk about the history and the purpose of the tonfa. The
tonfa is actually a very interesting weapon for it’s purpose, it was actually a handle
for a grinder for rice. So what they would do is they had two stones and they would attach
the handle in and be able to turn the handle around and grind up their rice so they could
actually use it to make their food. Eventually it became a weapon that this part was the
handle that you would place your hand on and develop a figure eight pattern with it. The
great thing about the tonfa is that you have a short striking distance. So you could strike
very close and then a split second, flip it out so that you could expand your distance.
Also, you were able to block along the arm so if someone was attacking with an over head
strike you could also block that out of the way, but also at the same time flip it out
for a strike. And that is a quick history and purpose of the tonfa.