Kobudo is the classical weapon tradition of Okinawan martial arts. The study of Kobudo was developed from farm and fishing tools used as a defense against the sword of the Japanese. Today on Okinawa Karate and Kobudo are considered 'intangible cultural assets.'
The practice of kobudo provides the student with a wide variety of benefits:
Improved physical fitness,
Hand-eye coordination through the manipulation of weapons
Defensive improvisation skills through the usage of unlikely implements as weapons
Increased cultural awareness through the preservation of Okinawa culture