The tonfa (or police baton) was originally a wooden
handle that fit into a hole on the side of a millstone used to grind
rice and other grains, dating back to 15th century Okinawa. The handle,
which was easily disengaged from the millstone, became a very effective
weapon of defense. The Tonfa's circular movements as a farm implement
evolved into its rotating strikes as a weapon. They may be used for
blocks, thrusts, and strikes.
In 1906, the ownership of weapons was prohibited on the Okinawan Islands
by the Japanese invaders. As a result, an exploration of self-defence
techniques and new weapons for self-defense began. By spinning the tonfa
around the short handle, tremendous striking force may be generated. By
using the long portion in conjunction with the short handle, the tonfa
may be used for numerous come-a-longs and arm locks.
Two tonfa were often used simultaneously, and were very efficient
against armed assailants. The side of the tonfa was used for blocking,
and the ends for direct punches. Continued practice with the tonfa can
help improve balance, coordination and physical strength.
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