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.

Okinawan Weapons/Kobudo

History and Context

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.


Nunchaku or Nunchaks

A traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope

Traditional Weapons Martial Arts Classes training lessons Nunchaku or Nunchaks

Bō Staff

A very tall and long staff weapon used in Okinawa and feudal Japan. Bō are typically around 1.8 m (5.9 ft) long.

Traditional Weapons Martial Arts Classes training lessons Bo Staff


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.

Traditional Weapons Martial Arts Classes training lessons Kama

Filipino Martial Arts (FMA): Eskrima, Arnis and Kali

History and Context

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.


Kali Sticks

Filipino weapon-based martial arts and fighting systems using simple long slender, blunt, hand-held, generally wooden 'sticks'.

Traditional Martial Weapons class at Barrington Tiger Academy in Barrington, IL

Master David Garrison performs a Kama demonstration to students in Beijing, China

Contact Us

Get information about our classes or ask us about scheduling your first free class.

First class is free, you can also take advantage of our $33 for 2 weeks special which also includes a private 1-hour session with Master Garrison.

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Martial Arts Classes for Traditional Weapons, Okinawan, Nunchaku, Kama

Class Age Group Prerequisites
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday
Traditional Weapons 15 years+ Green Belt 6:30pm - 7:30pm