Martial arts demo works with farm theme
A martial arts demonstration by members of Midwest Shotokan Karate provided a great tie-in with the Farm Fest held July 28 by Main Street Genoa. Sensei Bernie Ray, pictured on the far left, described how, in ancient Okinawa, farm implements were adapted as weapons after the tyrannical government banned any traditional means of defense. Three current kobodo weapons were demonstrated. The bo, or staff, was originally used to carry water buckets and as a rake. The tonfa, which closely resembles a police nightstick, was once used to facilitate grinding. The sai, a three-pronged weapon, was also adapted from traditional farm implements.
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