Tessenjutsu: The Art of Fighting “Japanese” War Fans

In Ancient Japan, fans could cool or kill.

Types of War Fans

Japanese war fan (gunsen) made of iron, bamboo...
Japanese war fan (gunsen) made of iron, bamboo and lacquer depicting the sun (1800-50) on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California. Object ID: F1998.40.25 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Gunsen: folding fans used by the average warriors to cool themselves off. Made of wood, bronze, brass or a similar metal for the inner spokes. Often used thin iron or other metals for the outer spokes or cover, making them lightweight but strong. Warriors hung their fans from the belt or the breastplate.
A typical tessen of the Edo-period (1603-1868)...
A typical tessen of the Edo-period (1603-1868). This weapon is used in tandem with the jutte in some forms of Ikkaku-ryu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Tessen: folding fans with outer spokes made of heavy plates of iron and designed to look like normal, harmless folding fans. Another version came as solid clubs shaped to look like a closed fan. Samurai took them to places where other weapons were not allowed. Also used to fend off arrows and darts.
Japanese (samurai) solid iron signal fan "...
Japanese (samurai) solid iron signal fan “gunbai or gumpai” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • Gunbai: large solid open fans made from solid iron, metal with wooden core, or solid wood. Carried by high-ranking samurai officers who used them to ward off arrows, as a sunshade, and to signal to troops.

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The warriors Kumagai Naozane and Taira no Atsumori fro the Taira clan (Artist Unknown)

Statue of Kato Kiyomasa

 at Nagoya Castle grounds

Nagoya is located in Japan

in Nagoya, Japan on the Island of Honshu

YouTube Video: Pendragon Tessen fan kata

Article Source: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_fan&gt;

Photograph of Kato Kiyomasa source: <http://www.flickr.com/photos/rekishinotabi/3557084910/&gt;

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Bojutsu — Art of the Japanese Bo Staff

Français : Démonstration de bojutsu
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Yesterday, I started taking mixed martial arts classes. I have wanted to do this for many years and have just now fit it into my schedule. My first class was one where I learning the basic movements of the bo staff or bojutsu–bo staff technique. Talk about fun! I cannot wait until I can spin that baby around like a true professional. I plan to buy my own bo staff with dragons etched into the wood, no less.

Here is a quick rundown about bojutsu (棒術). In the Japanese language, bo means “staff”.  Staffs are one of the earliest weapons in the history of humankind. Their usage in Eastern Asia spans thousands of years.

Techniques involved in bojutsu include: slashing, swinging, pole vaulting,  a prop for hand-to-hand strikes, threatening the opponent by twirling the staff at high speeds  and stabbing.  They make a fantastic offensive weapon as well as defensive in that the person wielding it can knock the opponent off-balance by catching then off guard. Once this happens, the bo staff wielder uses the many spin techniques to strike.

The thrusting, swinging, and striking techniques resemble the same empty-hand movements of karate and are often used in conjunction with this martial arts disciple. In this way, the bo staff becomes an extension of one’s arms and hands.


Carved Dragon Straight Bo

Carved Dragon Straight BoBushido Martial Arts Supplies:  http://www.shopbushido.com/weapons/staffs-bo-s-and-jo-s/carved-dragon-straight-bo.html?SID=5086e851610ab65bb52d63c2f1e24735

Bojutsu:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C5%8Djutsu

Thousand Waves Bo-Jutsu  Basics;    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba1C-GQld58&feature=related