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Glossary

Introduction

~ This glossary has been compiled with children and new learners in mind. It is a list of common words and/or titles, and it is not intended to be a complete list of every word a student may hear or see written.
~ The majority of the terms described are universal to all traditional Japanese martial arts. In places however the descriptions will specify how a given term relates to the World Ju-Jitsu Federation (WJJF) specifically. For example, the belt system is described by WJJF standards and would not apply to other martial arts or governing bodies. Where readers wish to learn about those martial arts or their respective governing bodies, they may consult them for more information.
~ Each entry in this glossary is accompanied by the word(s) in Japanese text displayed in dark blue. Clicking on the Japanese text or the icon next to it will play an audio clip of how that word is pronounced.
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Basic Terms

Budล | ๆญฆ้“
โ€œBuโ€ means โ€œwarโ€ or โ€œmartialโ€ and โ€œdลโ€ means โ€œwayโ€ or โ€œpathโ€œ. Combined they come to mean โ€œWay of warโ€œ. This is not a literal path, but your metaphorical journey towards something, in this case to becoming a warrior.
This is why the WJJF membership licence is called your โ€˜Budล Passโ€™. It is your record of all your learning!

Budลka | ๆญฆ้“ๅฎถ
As we see above, Budล means โ€œWay of warโ€œ. โ€œKaโ€ primarily means โ€œhouseโ€ or โ€œfamilyโ€ but can also mean โ€œexpertโ€ or โ€œprofessionalโ€. The โ€œKaโ€ is added as a suffix to indicate what a person is an expert of. The more literal translation would be โ€œexpert in the way of warโ€œ, but it is more commonly used to simply mean โ€œmartial artistโ€œ.

Bushidล | ๆญฆๅฃซ้“
This builds on word Budล, adding in โ€œShiโ€œ, which means โ€œA well-respected manโ€œ. Put together the meaning becomes โ€œWay of the Warriorโ€œ.
Bushidล was the way of the Samurai life, similar to the concept of chivalry. It originates from the Samurai moral code and stresses frugality, loyalty, martial arts mastery, and honour unto death.
The Bushidล code is typified by eight core virtues:

Dan | ๆฎต
The word โ€œDanโ€ translates to โ€œrankโ€. The majority of the dan ranks are the number of the corresponding rank followed by โ€˜danโ€™. For example โ€œNidanโ€ is โ€œ2nd rankโ€œ, โ€œSandanโ€ is โ€œ3rd rankโ€œ, and so forth.
The only exception to this is for โ€œShodanโ€ as โ€œShoโ€ means โ€œbeginnerโ€œ, making it actually โ€œbeginner rankโ€œ. โ€œ1st rankโ€ would actually be โ€œIchidanโ€ but this word is rarly used.
The โ€˜danโ€™ grades are all the belts including and above black belt. The WJJF ranks are, in order (with corresponding colours):

~ In English these are sometimes called โ€˜Degreesโ€™. A 1st Dan may say they have a โ€œ1st degree black beltโ€, a 2nd Dan may say they have a โ€œ2nd degree black beltโ€, and so forth.
~ There is a popular myth surrounding the origins of the black belt that claims students traditionally earned a black belt over many years of hard training, by causing their white belts to become so discoloured over time that it turned black. You can read more about this myth here.
~ The word Yลซdansha | ๆœ‰ๆฎต่€… is a broader term that means โ€œperson holding a Dan rankโ€œ, and applies to anyone Shodan (1st Dan) or higher. โ€œYลซโ€ means โ€œhavingโ€œ, and โ€œShaโ€ generally means โ€œpersonโ€ or โ€œpeopleโ€œ.
~ Conversely a Mudansha | ็„กๆฎต่€… is someone without a Dan rank as โ€œMuโ€ is a prefix meaning โ€œnon-โ€œ, thus making it โ€œnon-dan personโ€œ.
~ Yลซdansha who hold Nidan or above will actually have 2 belts, their formal belt and their practice belt. The formal belts are the coloured ones seen above and are often worn for gradings, seminars or other official functions. Their Shodan (1st Dan) belt is then used as a practice belt during normal training sessions. To show they are actually a higher rank, wearer add thin coloured stripes to the ends, starting with 2 stripes for 2nd dan, 3 stripes for 3rd, and so on.
~ Within the WJJF, once a person reaches Godan | ไบ”ๆฎต (5th Dan) they may be addressed as โ€˜Masterโ€™.
~ Also within the WJJF, once a person reaches Hachidan | ๅ…ซๆฎต (8th Dan) they may be addressed as โ€˜Professorโ€™
~ See also the Titles (Shลgล | ็งฐๅท) section below.

Dลgi | ้“็€ / ้“่กฃ
An alternative name for the Keikogi (see below)
โ€œDogiโ€ translates to โ€œclothes of the wayโ€ as dลโ€ means โ€œwayโ€ or โ€œpathโ€œ, while โ€œgiโ€ generally means โ€œclothesโ€œ.
This โ€˜Dลโ€˜ (็€) is the same as used in Budล and Dลjล.

Dลjล | ้“ๅ ด
The term literally translates as โ€œplace of the wayโ€ from Japanese, though more often it roughly means โ€œMartial Arts Schoolโ€œ. This may be a dedicated building or room devoted to practising martial arts, or may be a temporary space. Some dลjลs may have multiple rooms where several classes can take place for different ability levels or skills being learnt.

Honbu Dลjล | ๆœฌ้ƒจ ้“ๅ ด
โ€œHonbuโ€ translates to โ€œheadquartersโ€œ, making a Honbu dลjล the central training facility and administrative headquarters of a particular martial arts style. For the WJJF this is โ€˜The Clark Centreโ€™, located in Liverpool, UK.

Inside the Clark Centre dลjล. Note the red and blue Tatami. (Photo copyright WJJF UK CIC)

Ju-Jitsu (aka โ€˜Jiu-Jitsuโ€™, โ€˜Jiujitsuโ€™, โ€˜Jujitsuโ€™, โ€˜Jลซjutsuโ€™) | ๆŸ”่ก“
โ€œJลซโ€ can be translated to mean โ€œgentleโ€ or โ€œsoftโ€, while โ€œJitsuโ€ can be translated to mean โ€œtechniqueโ€ or โ€œartโ€œ. Put together and it becomes โ€œThe gentle artโ€œ.
~ Modern Ju-Jitsu is based on the unarmed combat techniques used by the Samurai of medieval Japan, which they might have used if they ever found themselves without a weapon. It was designed to counter attacks from enemies wearing armour (as striking techniques were ineffective against them) instead focusing on throwing, immobilising, joint locks and choke holds.
~ There is no one correct spelling of the word when translating from Japanese to English, which is why the word is often written in various ways. You can read a detailed discussion into why here.
~ An older alternative name for Ju-Jitsu was Yawara | ๆŸ” , which is also the name of a handheld striking weapon.

Ju-Jitsuka (aka โ€˜Jiu-Jitsukaโ€™, โ€˜Jiujitsukaโ€™, โ€˜Jujitsukaโ€™, โ€˜Ju-Jutsukaโ€™) | ๆŸ”่ก“ๅฎถ
โ€œKaโ€ primarily means โ€œhouseโ€ or โ€œfamilyโ€ but can also mean โ€œexpertโ€ or โ€œprofessionalโ€. The โ€˜Kaโ€™ is added as a suffix to indicate what a person is an of. By adding it to the end of Ju-Jitsu it becomes โ€œsomeone who practices Ju-Jitsu.โ€
โ€œJiu-jiteiroโ€ might also be used when referring to someone who practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Kata | ๅž‹
This means โ€œFormโ€ or โ€œPatternโ€œ. These are usually exercises consisting of a sequence of the specific movements of a martial art, used in training and designed to show skill in a technique.
For example, โ€˜stance kataโ€™ is a routine consisting of standing in the different attack stances used in Ju-Jitsu, and would be used to teach student the different stances.

Keikogi (aka โ€˜Dลgiโ€™ or โ€˜Giโ€™) | ็จฝๅค็€ / ็จฝๅค่กฃ
This is the full name of the uniform. โ€œKeikoโ€ means โ€œpracticeโ€ and โ€œGiโ€ means โ€œclothesโ€œ. In English the word โ€˜keikogiโ€™ is almost always shortened to just โ€˜giโ€™, which would be incorrect when spoken in Japanese, but would be understood in context.
~ As the word translates to โ€˜practice clothesโ€˜ it is a generic term, meaning it is not uncommon to hear other Japanese martial arts refer to their uniforms with different names such as
~ The Keikogi can be made from a variety of parts. The most common combination is that of an Uwagi | ไธŠ็€ , which is a kimono style jacket with overlapping sides, and the Shitabaki | ไธ‹ๅฑฅใ (literally meaning โ€œunderwearโ€œ) which are a simple pair of trousers. These are tied together with the Obi | ๅธฏ , which is the belt itself. The colour of the belt is used to denote the wearers level of experience.
~ A possible addition to this is a Hakama | ่ขด which is a formal divided skirt worn by both men and women. It is worn when performing certain Kataโ€™s, and is worn over the top of the trousers and belt.
~ The modern Keikogi is widely accepted to have been first designed and implemented by Kanล Jigorล* around the turn of the 20th century. You can read more about the history of the Keikogi / Dogi here
(*In Japan, the family name comes before a personโ€™s own name. If following the western method of personal name followed by family name, we would call him โ€œJigorล Kanลโ€)
~ In the WJJF the Kyลซ grades wear a white Keikogi, while the Dan grades wear a dark blue Uwagi and a white Shitabaki that also has blue trimming on the sides. Very high ranking members of the WJJF may also wear a red Uwagi.

Left-to-right: Kyลซ uniform with red belt, Dan uniform with Shodan belt, Master uniform with Hachidan belt.

Kyลซ | ็ดš
Like Dan, โ€œKyลซโ€ also translates to โ€œrankโ€ but can also mean โ€œ[school] classโ€œ. If โ€˜Danโ€™ is synonymous with โ€˜degreeโ€˜, then Kyลซ is synonymous with โ€˜diplomaโ€˜ or โ€˜certificateโ€˜.
The Kyลซ grades are the coloured belts taken prior to reaching Shodan (1st Dan). These are regarded as the โ€˜basicโ€™ ranks, and traditionally are numbered in reverse order to indicate how far away the holder is from Shodan. Essentially, the kyลซ is the number of steps before reaching mastery whereas the Dan gives steps into mastery.
Within the WJJF the Kyลซ grade belts go as follows:

~ Unlike the Dan grades, in western speaking countries it is common to refer to the colour of the belt rather than the name of the rank, for example saying you are a โ€œGreen beltโ€ rather than a โ€œRokukyลซ.โ€
~ The lowest Kyลซ belt (Red belt in the WJJF) is called the Mukyลซ | ็„ก็ดš which means โ€œgradelessโ€ as itโ€™s more literal translation is โ€œNon-gradeโ€œ.
~ The word Yลซkyลซsha | ๆœ‰็ดš่€… directly translates to โ€œqualified personโ€œ, but in the context of martial arts means โ€œperson who has a Kyลซ rankโ€œ. This applies to anyone who has completed at least one grading. A completely new student who has not completed a single grading and thus be on the lowest belt would be a Mukyลซsha | ็„ก็ดš่€… .

Obi | ๅธฏ
This is the name of belt itself, as โ€œObiโ€ simply means โ€œBeltโ€œ.
~ Traditionally the obi was simply a long piece of cloth used to tie the sides of your clothing together, including in traditional martial arts.
~ It is a modern re-invention to use the colour of the belt to denote the wearers level of experience. Along with the rest of the modern Keikogi uniform, the Obi is widely accepted to have been first designed and implemented by Kanล Jigorล* around the turn of the 20th century. You can read more about the history of the Keikogi / Dogi here
(*In Japan, the family name comes before a personโ€™s own name. If following the western method of personal name followed by family name, we would call him โ€œJigorล Kanลโ€)
~ There is also a popular myth surrounding the origins of the black belt that claims students traditionally earned a black belt over many years of hard training, by causing their white belts to become so discoloured over time that it turned black. You can read more about this myth here.

Osu no Seishin | ๆŠผๅฟใฎ็ฒพ็ฅž / Oshi Shinobu | ๆŠผๅฟ / โ€˜Ossโ€˜ / โ€˜Oshโ€™
These is actually 2 phrases that often get mixed up and used interchangeably.
~ The word โ€œOsuโ€ is a contraction of the characters โ€œOshiโ€ meaning โ€œpushโ€œ, and โ€œShinobuโ€ which means โ€œto persevereโ€ or โ€œto endureโ€œ. Put them together and we get โ€œto persevere while being pushedโ€œ.
~ โ€œOsu no Seishinโ€ translates to โ€œOshido spiritโ€ or โ€œSpirit of Osuโ€œ. In other words, it means โ€œthe spirit of endurance.โ€
This is a symbolic phrase, used to remind students and yourself to keep trying, to push your limits. It might be used as a โ€œWell doneโ€ or show of support to recognise the effort another person has put in. You might say this to your Uke after you have practised with them.
~ A good analogue to this in English is the phrase โ€œNo pain, no gain.โ€
~ Over time however the phrase became shortened to just โ€œOsuโ€ or โ€œOssโ€, which both are pronounced โ€œOsโ€.

Rei | ็คผ
This word for the most part means โ€œrespectโ€, โ€œthanksโ€ or โ€œpolitenessโ€, as it is used to show respect to others. This is most often seen by bowing. The lower a person bows, the more respect they are showing to the person they are bowing towards. This can range from bending at the waist a short distance (around 20 degrees), a deep standing bow (around 90 degrees) to even kneeling on the floor and bending at the waist so that your head is just above the floor.
Common practices are to bow when entering and leaving the dลjล, at the beginning and end of classes, or before performing a Kata.
There are rules to how a proper rei should be performed:

Ryลซ | ๆต
This roughly means โ€œstyleโ€, โ€œsystemโ€, โ€œsyllabusโ€, or โ€œschoolโ€. It is most often used in the names of martial arts schools to describe what style that school teaches. This makes the dลjล the place of learning, while the Ryลซ is the content you learn.
~ There can be many different styles of any given martial art. For example, Kanล Jigorล* studied both โ€˜Tenjin Shinโ€™yล-ryลซ Jลซjutsuโ€˜ and โ€˜Kitล-ryลซ Jลซjutsuโ€˜, two different styles of Jลซjutsu.

Samurai | ไพ
The word โ€œSamuraiโ€ literally means โ€œto serveโ€, though it is more synonymous with โ€œWarriorโ€œ. The Samurai were warriors who were usually associated with a clan and their lord (the Daimyล | ๅคงๅ ), and were trained as officers in military tactics and grand strategy.
~ The Samurai were trained to use a wide range of weapons, including the Katana (sword), Naginata (glaive), Rokushakubล (staff), and Yumi (Longbow). The Samurai also used Ju-Jitsu as a method of unarmed combat.
~ The Samurai existed as a social class for around 1,100 years. Many parts of their life changed over this time period, including their role(s) in society, the privileges they held and how they fought battles. Because of this there isnโ€™t one definitive answer as to who the Samurai were.
~ A Samurai who didnโ€™t serve a lord would be known as a Rลnin | ๆตชไบบ , which itself means โ€œmasterless Samuraiโ€œ.

Tatami | ็•ณ
A Tatami is a floor mat. Traditionally these were woven from rice-straw and/or rush grass and reenforced with thin bamboo, and were placed over the earth or wooden floors inside Japanese buildings. This includes the training mats used in a dลjล. Modern training Tatami tend to be made from foam, rubber or vinyl.

Two women sitting on traditional tatami. (Photo copyright hoshinoresorts-magazine.com)

Uke | ๅ—ใ‘
โ€œUkeโ€ roughly means โ€œreceiverโ€œ. The uke is your training partner who provides an attack for you to practice defending against, ending up as the person who gets thrown. When you attack a training partner, you are their Uke.
~ The terms for the person practising a move depends on what it is they actually do to defend from the attacking Uke. The 3 main terms used are Nage | ๆŠ•ใ’ which means โ€œto throwโ€œ, Tori | ๅ–ใ‚Š which means โ€œgrabberโ€ or Shi-te | ไป•ๆ‰‹ which means โ€œdo-erโ€œ.

Ukemi | ๅ—่บซ
โ€œUkemiโ€ translates to โ€œpassiveโ€œ, but in the martial arts means โ€œthe art of falling safelyโ€œ. In English this might be known as a โ€˜Breakfall practiceโ€™ or โ€˜tumblingโ€™. The Ukemi is the action an Uke takes to prevent injury to themselves. It is the art of knowing how to respond correctly to an attack and often incorporates skills to allow one to do so safely. Ukemi practice is a valid exercise in itself.

Titles / Shลgล | ็งฐๅท

~ These titles are primarily used in relation to martial arts classes, and generally are not used outside of the dลjล. For example imagine a person, โ€œMr John Smithโ€œ. Once they enter the dลjล they may be addressed as โ€œSensei John Smithโ€œ, โ€œSensei Johnโ€œ, โ€œSensei Smithโ€ or even simply โ€œSenseiโ€.
~ Many of these titles overlap as some refer to a persons rank or skill as a coach/teacher, while others refer to their rank within a wider organisation. For example, a person could be both Sลke and Hanshi. In this situation you refer to them by their higher title which in this example would be Sลke.
~ In western dลjลโ€™s different people will have their own preferences for how they prefer to be addressed, but it is a polite formality to address them as their title or simply as โ€œSenseiโ€ if you are unsure of their exact title. In traditional Japanese dลjลโ€™s however you would always address a person by their family name followed by their title, as in โ€œSmith Sensei.โ€

Uchi-deshi | ๅ†…ๅผŸๅญ
~ Literally meaning โ€œinside studentโ€œ, this is a Japanese term for a live-in apprentice who assists and trains under a Sensei at their Dลjล on a full-time basis. They would help the Sensei carry out tasks such as sweeping the floors, opening the Dลjล to students or other tasks that the Sensei might have done, as well as training in all classes that Sensei runs. A student would become an Uchi-deshi in order to learn how to run a Dลjล.
~ A person might typically do this for 2-3 years prior to earning their Shodan belt though in many martial arts it is not a requirement.
~ In contrast to Uchi-deshi, students who live outside of the dลjล are referred to as Soto-deshi | ๅค–ๅผŸๅญ , which literally means โ€œoutside studentโ€œ.
~ The WJJF recognises the position of Uchi-deshi, but nobody in the WJJF currently holds this title.

Sensei | ๅ…ˆ็”Ÿ
The term literally means โ€œone who has gone beforeโ€. Within the martial arts it is generally used to mean โ€œinstructorโ€ or โ€œteacherโ€œ, though in Japan this is a more general term for โ€œsomeone more experiencedโ€ and as such โ€˜Senseiโ€™ is an not a protected word in the same way โ€˜Doctorโ€™ or โ€˜Dentistโ€™ are.
~ A good analogue to this in English may be โ€œSirโ€ or โ€œmadamโ€œ.

Renshi | ้Œฌๅฃซ
This can be translated to โ€œPolished Instructorโ€. This is a rarely used title that can be used to indicate a relatively โ€˜juniorโ€™ level instructor who doesnโ€™t coach full time or professionally. This may akin to volunteer who has been helping out for several years.

Kyลshi / Kyoushi | ๆ•™ๅธซ
In Japan this is a classification of a job, like a bank clerk or a secretary. In this case it most commonly translates to โ€œteacherโ€ or โ€œeducatorโ€œ. The word may also be written as โ€œKyoushiโ€ and carries the same meaning.

Shihan | ๅธซ็ฏ„
This word refers to an โ€œexpert teacherโ€œ, though the individual Kanji that make up the word directly translate to โ€œexpertโ€ and โ€œexampleโ€ or โ€œmodelโ€œ.
As such, it is synonymous with a โ€œgood exampleโ€ or a โ€œrole modelโ€œ. In this case, it would be an expert teacher who is considered a good role model to other teachers, though not specifically a โ€˜teacher of teachersโ€™.

Hanshi | ็ฏ„ๅฃซ
Hanshi translates literally as โ€œexemplary gentlemenโ€œ, though it is more synonymous with โ€œteacher of teachersโ€œ. This person is deemed so experienced as a teacher that they will teach other dan grades how to be Senseiโ€™s. Because of this, many English speaking martial artists will use the term โ€œProfessorโ€ interchangeably with hanshi, in a similar way to how some people refer to a dan belt as a โ€˜degreeโ€˜.

Kanchล | ้คจ้•ท
The most accurate translation of โ€œKanchลโ€ is โ€œsuperintendentโ€ or โ€œdirectorโ€œ, though in essence it generally means โ€œHead of Schoolโ€œ. This is distinct from the title of Sลke, as the Sลke is generally the most experienced martial artist in a school, where as the Kanchล would run the business side of the school.
Within the WJJF, this is Kanchล Robert Hart, who is the current managing director.

Sลke | ๅฎ—ๅฎถ
The English translation of โ€œSลkeโ€ can be โ€œgrand masterโ€œ. It can mean one person who is the leader of any school or the master of a style, but it is most commonly used as a highest level Japanese title, referring to the singular leader of a school or style of martial art.
Within the WJJF, this is Sลke Robert Clark (2nd February 1946 โ€“ 9th February 2012) who founded the WJJF in 1976.

Sลke Robert Clark (1946-2012)

Shodai Sลke | ๅˆไปฃ ๅฎ—ๅฎถ
โ€œShoโ€ means โ€œfirstโ€ while โ€œdaiโ€ means โ€œsubjectโ€œ, โ€œthemeโ€ or โ€œtopicโ€œ, when combined with sลke it comes to specifically denotes the founding sลke of a martial art. This is the one person who first created a new style and begun teaching it by opening a new dลjล.

Weapons / Buki | ๆญฆๅ™จ

These weapons are all taught and used within the WJJF, starting at Nidan (2nd Dan). The WJJF does not permit the use of sharp or โ€˜liveโ€™ blades, as well as metal swords. When buying a weapon you should choose a training version. These will usually have modifications such as dull edges, foam padding or being made of a flexible material such as rubber.

Jล | ๆ–
The word โ€œJลโ€ translates to โ€œcaneโ€œ, โ€œwalking stickโ€œ, or โ€œstaffโ€œ. It may also be called a โ€œJo Staffโ€ but this would be incorrect as that would be akin to calling it a โ€œstaff staff.โ€
The Jล itself is a short wooden weapon, usually around 1.3m (50 in / 4โ€™2โ€ณ) in length and around 1 inch thick. It is often taught and/or used as a defence to other weapons, in particular sword attacks.
As such, it is a โ€˜genericโ€™ practice weapon as the techniques used can be transferred to other items, such as walking sticks, canes or other shorter pole-like items so that should someone find themselves without a traditional weapon they can use makeshift weapons instead.

Kama | ้ŽŒ
The Kama is a farming tool used for reaping crops. In fact the word โ€œKamaโ€ translates to โ€œSickle.โ€
This makes it an improvised weapon which has been formalised through the use of Kata. In particular it may be used to defend against traditional weapons.
They are often used in pairs when used as weapons, but they can be used as individually as well.

Katana | ๅˆ€
The Katana is just one of the many types of swords used by the Samurai of ancient Japan, though it arguably the most iconic of them. These curved swords are sharpened on the outer edge and blunt on the inner edge. An Iaitล | ๅฑ…ๅˆๅˆ€ is a metal training sword that has a blunt outer edge, while a Bokken | ๆœจๅ‰ฃ is a wooden training sword.

Kubotan / Kubaton / Kobutan | ใ‚ฏใƒœใ‚ฟใƒณ
A Kubotan is a small rod on a key-chain, usually around 5-6 inches long and half an inch thick, made out of aluminium or high-impact plastic. This is a modern weapon developed in the late 1960โ€™s by Japanese Karate master Takayuki Kubota who originally designed it as a tool for female police officers in Los Angeles.
The Kubotan is a modern version of a Yawara and is used in a very similar manner, notably by using it to attack pressure points or to add leverage for joint manipulation.

Naginata | ่–™ๅˆ€
The word roughly translates to โ€œmowing swordโ€. It consists of a wooden or metal pole with a curved single-edged blade on the end. The pole alone could range in length from 1.2 โ€“ 2.6 meters long, while the blade would be an additional 0.3 โ€“ 0.6 meters long.
~ This weapon was used to create space in a battle and would often be used as if were a sword with a very long handle, at the cost of it being heavier and slower to swing.

Nunchuku / Nunchaku | ใƒŒใƒณใƒใƒฃใ‚ฏ
These are two short batons connected in at one end by a short chain or rope. The two batons commonly made out of wood or lightweight metal, while the link is a cord or a metal chain. The batons may also feature metal studs or be wrapped in cord/fabric for extra grip.
~ In English they are often known as โ€œNun-chucksโ€ or โ€œNonechucksโ€œ, neither of which is correct.

Rokushakubล (aka โ€˜Bลโ€™) | ๅ…ญๅฐบๆฃ’
This nearly literally translates to โ€œsix foot poleโ€, as โ€œRokuโ€ translates to โ€œSixโ€, a โ€œShakuโ€ is a Japanese unit of measurement that is equal to 30.3cm (just under 1ft) and โ€œBลโ€ means โ€œpoleโ€.
~ Due to the long name, it is often shortened to just โ€œBลโ€. This means that calling it a โ€œBล Staffโ€ is not correct as that is like calling it a โ€œpole poleโ€
~ As the name implies, the Bล is a long wooden pole-arm that is typically around 1.8 m (71 in / 5โ€™11โ€) tall and about 1-1.5 inches thick.

Sai | ้‡ต
The Sai is a traditional piercing melee weapon originally from Okinawa. The basic form of the weapon is that of a thin baton, with two curved side prongs projecting from the handle. While it may look like a knife or dagger, the prongs were often rounded rather than flat and it was only sharpened at the point of the main prong.
~ The weapon was designed with a number of functions in mind, and would be used in pairs. Firstly it was used to counter attacks from other weapons by catching and trapping them between the prongs in order to redirect an attack or stop the enemy from using it properly.
~ The sharpened point could also be used to stab enemies through gaps in their armour.

Tonfa / Tonfua | ๆ—‹ๆฃ
The Tonfa is a stick with a handle attached roughly a third of the way down, and the name means โ€œrotation stickโ€œ, which reflects the origin of the weapon. Like the Kama it was a tool that was repurposed to be a weapon.
In this case, the Tonfa was used to grind rice and wheat into flour. The underside of the stick is flat under the handle, but rounded at the other end. This is from where the user would grind the flour.
They would hold the handle with the stick under their forearm, pressing it against a hard surface. As they worked they would lift the flat end of the stick to grind the flour while still leaning on the other end, which resulted in it becoming worn away and rounded.

Yawara | ๆŸ”
The Yawara takes the form of one or two small thick sticks that protrude about an inch from each side of the hand. They are usually used in pairs to initiate throws, bone breaks, and pressure point strikes, in a similar way to how a Kubotan may also be used.
~ An interesting note is the kanji for Yawara is ๆŸ” (meaning โ€œSoftโ€œ) which is the same as the 1st kanji in Ju-Jitsu | ๆŸ”่ก“ or Judo | ๆŸ”้“. โ€œYawaraโ€ was also an older term for Ju-Jitsu that was used interchangeably until โ€œJu-Jitsuโ€ became the favoured term.

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