Master David Garrison has become one of the most sought after instructors in the world, well know for his unique prowess in weapons. In this advanced class, students will learn from an array of weapons and techniques described below.
Okinawa is a small island located south of Japan. In the 17th century the powerful Satsuma Clan invaded Okinawa composed of Japanese samurai. The Satsuma placed a new weapons ban on the people of Okinawa, leaving them defenseless against the steel of the samurai’s swords. In an attempt to protect themselves from the devastating forces of the Satsuma, the people of Okinawa looked to simple farming implements, which the samurai would not be able to confiscate, as new methods of defense. This use of weapons developed into kobudo, or "ancient martial art," as we know it today and comprise many of the weapons we teach today at Barrington Tiger Academy.
A traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope
A very tall and long staff weapon used in Okinawa and feudal Japan. Bō are typically around 1.8 m (5.9 ft) long.
A traditional Filipino and Japanese farming implement similar to a sickle used for reaping crops and also employed as a weapon singly or in pairs.
Filipino Martial Arts was practiced by the peasant or commoner class (as opposed to nobility or warrior classes). Its origin can be traced back to the fighting systems used by Filipinos during internal conflicts. Settlers and traders travelling through the Malay Archipelago brought the influence of silat as well as Chinese and Indian martial arts.
Among the earliest written records of Filipino martial arts comes from the Spanish conquistadors who fought native tribesmen armed with sticks and knives. Driven back to their ships, the European colonists had to resort to fire-arms to defeat the Filipinos.
Filipino weapon-based martial arts and fighting systems using simple long slender, blunt, hand-held, generally wooden 'sticks'.
Master David Garrison performs a Kama demonstration to students in Beijing, China
|Traditional Weapons||15 years+||Green Belt||6:30pm - 7:30pm|