Weapons workshop brings a gathering

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

PARTICIPANTS from all varieties of martial arts came together for a day with a difference when master sensei Jason Griffiths conducted a special weapons workshop in Gladstone recently.

Griffiths, a Koryu Uchinadi (old style karate) instructor educated students and instructors from four different martial art styles.

The master sensei was pleased with the response and explained the importance of teaching people about the origins of traditional Okinawan weapons.

'To see so many people from so many different styles of martial arts here today is fantastic,' Griffiths said.

"This was a really good group to teach because of their fine attitude regarding the weapons used by the Okinawans.

'Traditionally the Okinawans were fisherman and farmers, so that translated into their weapons.'

These weapons include the Kai, Rochin (turtle shield), short spear similar to what was used in the movie Troy, nunchaku, bo staff and ricehandle.

After learning about each of the weapons, the students were taught techniques on how the weapons were used in Okinawa and Japan hundreds of years ago.

They then applied them to form a one-person practice pattern, which is better known today as 'kata'.

'It does not matter what style of martial art you come from because the principles associated with technique apply,' he said.

'One of my favourite sayings is that pain never discriminates.

'I always remember what Bruce Lee once said ? Knowing is not enough, we must apply.'

Sensei Griffiths will be hosting another workshop in June which will cover drills and old-style ground fighting techniques and drills.

Anyone interested in attending can phone Rob McIntyre on 0439 739 619.



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