Students are Rising Star are taught self-defense with and without weapons, knife and gun disarms, and situational awareness. Rising Star focuses on developing skills into reactive actions.  Weapons training allows students to learn defensive techniques that can be utilized using diverse weapons and in the absence of weapons. As student study weapons they:

  • Improve their hand/eye coordination and ability to make controlled movements.
  •  Increases their ability to use typical, everyday objects as weapons in an emergency situation.
  • They preserve the historical weapons practice and are able to pass on these skills to others. 
  • They are able to defend themselves against other weapons. 

Every weapon requires time and patience to develop usable skills. Each weapon has its own complexity but supports a student's abilities and increases self-confidence.  

The Bo Staff supports students in learning the fundamentals of weapons in a short period and allow them to more easily branch out to other weapons. 

At the Rising Star Sensei Baldwin introduces students to the Bo Staff focusing on proper grip, strikes, and stance through learning katas and light sparing with the Bo. 


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Choosing A Bo
  • The Bo should be about the same length as your height or a little shorter.
  • Avoid staffs that are taller than you. Purchasing a staff taller than you may make working with the weapon more difficult. 
  • The weight of the staff will also affect the level of difficulty. Heavier weapons are more difficult to use and can cause exhaustion quickly.



The tonfa is useful for offensive and defensive purposes. It is made from hardwood strong enough to defend against multiple weapons and attackers. The tonfa utilizes the same moves as other weapons. With continual use students are able to improve their balance, coordination, and strength. 

Tofna sticks were originally made from everyday objects. Their length is similar to the sai. They can be used for blocking and striking opponents.

When choosing tonfa sticks keep in mind the smoothness of the wood, and weight. Weapons that are too light can be a reflection of the quality of wood; those that are too heavy can negatively affect the user's ability to use effective speed with the weapon.     

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Escrima, also called Kali, is similar to sword fighting but using two short wooden staffs. Anyone with any strength level can train with these weapons, they are light weight, and easy to maneuver. Escrima uses a variety of hard and soft techniques allowing students to magnify their skills in every element of karate. 

Escrima sticks come in a variety of styles and colors. Some sticks are designed to be used for demonstrating, practicing, and training. Make sure that you purchase the correct type of stick for your needs. Remember, the quality of the weapon will dictate the lifetime of weapons; cheaper sticks tend to wear out and break more often than those of high quality. 

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Escrima (Kali Stick)


Kama, also known as Japanese sickle, originated as a farming tool used in parts of Asia to cut crops and grass. Farmers realized these tools were also good to use for defense against bandits and other types of dangers. 



The size and shape of the handle of the Kama should be considered when purchasing your own set. The handle should reach from the top your hand to the tip of your elbow. Rounder handles often allow smoother transitions; however, you should test which shape works best for you. 

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Nanchaku, also known as nunchucks, are two cylinder pieces of wood connected. Developing nanchaku skills will increase a student's coordination, concentration, strength, and self-confidence.  

A student must first master the basic moves before safely moving to more complex moves. Training/practice nunchucks are available for beginners. After perfecting the basic moves a student can choose to move up to wooden or metal sets that are design for fighting and advanced training. 

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The sai also supports the development of dexterity. This weapon is  typically learned using a pair, like the tonfa. Sais are metal batons with two smaller prongs coming out the sides to support the hands. 

The sia typically comes in one size and  extends from the top of the middle finger down to the elbow. It can be used for blocking and protecting the hands. Using the Sia as a pair allows them to be used to block and take control of the opponent's weapon. 




Sword fighting provides a workout for your body and your brain. Sword fighting requires more lateral movements than fencing. A student's advancement really depends on his or her dedication to learning and the intensity applied during training.



There are many different types of swords and styles of fighting. Some types include:

  • Chinese Tao Swords
  • Chinese Chien Swords
  • Short Swords
  • Long Swords
  • Battlefield Swords
  • Specialty Swords
  • Chinese Glaives
  • Thrown Blades
  • Wu Tang Swords
  • Animal Kung Fu Swords
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