The above video shows a practice session of a kobudo drill using the Tonfa/Tuifa (side handle wooden baton). Tonfa Uchi (strikes) is the second of three basic Tonfa drills that I created for the kobudo program I run at The Academy of Traditional Karate. In addition to Tonfa Uchi (strikes) I also created Tonfa Uke (blocks) and Tonfa Combinations drills. I created these three basic drills in order to let the students become familiar with handling the Tonfa before learning the more complicated Tonfa kata. This drill uses moves from two Tonfa Kata that I practice, Onami and Tonfa no Ichi. The Tonfa Uchi drill is composed of three sets of strikes; low, middle and high. The stances used are Zenkutsu-dachi (front leaning stance), Shiko-dachi (or Jigotai-dachi, wide open-leg stance) and Neko-ashi-dachi (cat stance). The Tonfa strikes are performed in sets of four, alternating between left first, then right.
Periodically video taping practice sessions like this is a great way to review and analyze your own performance. On video you can see what you are doing well and where you can continue to improve. Practicing Karate/Kobudo is always a constant process of learning, evaluating and improving.
I videoed this practice session in our basement dojo on 11/25/23. Stay tuned for my next post which will include a step-by-step breakdown and a PDF practice reference sheet for this drill. Subsequent posts will cover the Tonfa Combinations drills which I have also video taped.
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