It is commonly believed that Okinawan farming tools evolved into lethal weapons of self defense when the Satsuma samurai clan forbade the peasants from carrying arms.
The tonfa is believed to have originated as the handle of a millstone used for grinding grain. This practical weapon has survived through time and has developed into its modern day equivalent as the police side-handle baton.* This video teaches the traditional self-defense techniques and katas for the tonfa. It is an ideal teaching aid for review, rank testing, competition, and self-defense.
Grandmaster Michael A. Stelzer holds several advanced ranks (10th Dan and above) in various styles of martial arts. Additionally, he holds three doctoral of science degrees and is a certified professional wrestler.
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