Nabi Su Weapons
At Nabi Su, the weapon is taught as an extension of self.
practice begins within, in our own centers. Our posture, breathing and
ways of moving, including and especially our stances, assure that we
remain grounded and centered while circumstances change.
of those circumstances may be what we are holding in our hands. Each
object has its own shape, function and “spirit”. A cylindrical weapon
functions differently than a bladed weapon. A double-edged sword
functions quite differently than a single-edged saber.
first weapons that the student meets at Nabi Su are the escrima sticks.
We practice these as a practical, light, short – 26 to 28 inches – and
relatively simple self-defense tool. With a small amount of familiarity
with these, the student becomes more confident handling any object that
may be convenient, should they ever need to protect themselves against
is not until brown belt level that the next weapon is introduced. The
Bo is a 6-foot staff taught via the form called Dragon’s Tail, a form
that is complex and beautiful.
those who are studying Tai Chi, which includes all who have achieved
the level of Black Belt in Kung Fu, weapons begin with the double-edged
sword, followed by the saber. Spear forms from Hung Gar and Cho Li Fut,
Fan and Butterfly Knives, Lightning Saber and the 2 person Saber/Spear
form are taught to advanced practitioners.
weapons are taught as a facet of self development and self mastery. The
weapons are made of rattan, bamboo, wood, or thin, flexible metal. No
weapon at Nabi Su is used for harm or to promote ego.
The most advanced
students practice Jodo, the art of wooden staff, jo, against long and
short swords, a tradition comprising 64 forms dating back to the Samurai
and attributed to Myamoto Mushashi. Jodo is elegantly simple, requiring and developing great concentration and power.