Kobudo is the art of using simple implements as weapons of self-defense. In ancient times peasants were not allowed to carry any weapons so they relied on their open hand techniques and what they knew to protect themselves. To increase their chances of survival they looked around for something they could use to protect themselves. Usually, these objects were farm implements they had readily at hand. To be successful with these objects they had to practice and this practice led to a system that allowed others to begin the journey of successfully protecting their families with the use of weapons derived from farm tools. The influence of trade with China not only influenced the empty hand (karate) techniques but also the Kobudo techniques and kata.

Sato Ha Kobudo allows anyone who has not taken any martial art to begin the journey, learning slowly and methodically. It also allows for experienced martial artists to advance to belts once the basics are learned. At each belt level, a new weapon is introduced and the previous weapon is expanded on.

All weapons are taught responsibly to students who show the proper attitude and willingness to learn. Where these weapons are restricted an alternate weapon is used and if a substitute is not available the weapon will not be taught. All weapons used are only in the practice of Kobudo during the classes taught.

Sensei Roy Tippenhauer is a 7th degree black belt in Shito Ryu karate and started at the age of 19 in 1979. At this time he also played around with weapons in particular the nunchaku and bo. With little information available he sought out books and seminars from instructors that visited including Fumio Demura, Seiko Suzuki, Don Shapland and Tamayose Sensei. Over the years Sensei has been fortunate to train with many sensei who were very knowledgable in kobudo. Missing was a system that allowed progressive learning and an emphasis on basics. Most systems he encountered taught black belt level to everyone as it was a common thought that you shouldnt do kobudo until you had a black belt. Sato ha kobudo allows for basic practice and a progressive approach. Sensei Roy uses his experience from his coaching experience including a diploma in high performance coaching from the national coaching school and his NCCP comp dev certified status. He placed second at the Karate Canada national championships in Kobudo, the only time it was an event. He has won numerous kobudo events including the multi national Sato cup 8 times.

History of Sato Ha Kobudo