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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 796
EAN: 9780897500807
ISBN: 0897500806
Label: Black Belt Communications
Manufacturer: Black Belt Communications
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 1982-05-01
Publisher: Black Belt Communications
Studio: Black Belt Communications

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In this fully illustrated book, Demura explores the full range of tonfa tactics: stances, karate and tonfa similarities, tonfa striking techniques, and self-defense applications. Demura is a member of Black Belt’s Hall of Fame.


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Summary: Good introduction to the tonfa
Comment: _Tonfa-Karate_Weapon_of_Self-Defense_ by Fumio Demura is an excellent introductory text to the tonfa. For those not familiar with it, tonfa are a handheld weapon that look like a 1 to 2-inch thick piece of hardwood about 6-8 inches longer than the forearm, with a handle about 4 or 5 inches from one end. The handle is held in the fist and the rest of the tonfa is used as a guard along the forearm, or either end can be used as a punch extender, the tonfa can be rotated around the handle for a circular strike, and there are numerous trapping techniques that can be used with the tonfa.

This book does a very good job talking about the history of the tonfa, construction and types of materials, and basic stances, strikes, and blocks with the tonfa. It also has some more complicated striking techniques and a number of multi-step drills to show how the tonfa can be used against other weapons and how the tonfa can be to trap or lock another person's limbs. Some techniques use only one tonfa, and some use two.

I consider it to be quite a good book for someone (like me) who is new to the tonfa.

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Summary: An excellent introduction to the tonfa
Comment: This book covers all the fundamental aspects of the tonfa. It looks at stances, basic strikes, swings etc. It is relatively simple and doesn't go into any depth or any advanced techniques, so I consider this book to be only a reference source for the seasoned tonfa practitioner. But anyone who's new to the tonfa should most certainly buy this book. It will lay a strong foundation in their techniques as they move onto more advanced levels.

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Summary: Tonfariffic
Comment: Another solid text from our friend Sensei Demura. This is part of his popular set on Okinawan Weaponry and well worth the cost. Portrayed in the book is weapon history, basic stances, grips, blocks and strikes. Demura also covers self defense applications against many various attacks. For all Karate and Kobudo students I would reccomend this book!

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Summary: A Classic Refernce Tool for Okinawan Weapons
Comment: Sensei Demura's books are a must have for any traditonal martial artist, or anyone wishing to understand the true natue and application of traditional Okinawan Weapons.
It covers the basic grips, strikes, stances, and blocks with a basic kata (form) and even some self-defense applications.
The pictures are relatively easy to follow and each has a discription of the technique involved.
This series of weapons books from Demura Sensei is considered by many to be the classics of weapons texts. Although they are a little dated, and learning any weapon is easier from DVD or video, it is a great reference piece and a must have for any serious student of the martial arts and kobudo.


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