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Weapons and Tae Kwon Do

Weapons training in Tae Kwon Do? Really?

Strictly speaking, Tae Kwon Do is a weaponless martial art. All warriors - modern and ancient - are taught to use the most sophisticated weapons of their time. But they are also taught to fight when those weapons are not around. In ancient Korea - like many places in the world - sword and staff weapons were both common and effective. When learning traditional Tae Kwon Do, a student (generally)learns the training that would be hands and feet only. But in the real world, warriors didn't fight with just hands and feet - they fought with swords and other weapons. Some will say that learning a weapon in Tae Kwon Do class is learning from a borrowed martial art, or that it is not traditional. But this is not so. Ancient Koreans, like their counterparts in China and Japan (England and France as well) were adept using bow and arrow, swords, staff, and spear. They used other weapons, of course, and it's not uncommon to find other weapon practiced in traditional Tae Kwon Do schools. But rest assured, weapons training was an integral part of ancient Korean warrior expertise.

Weapons and MSTKD

Weapons instruction is an integrated part of the curriculum at the Manchester School of Tae Kwon Do, and included in requirements for rank advancement. Weapons instruction includes the Bo staff, Tonfa, Nunchaku, and Sai.

Currently, the Bo staff is a required weapon for all students ranked Yellow belt and above. While lower ranked students are permitted to learn this weapon, there is no testing requirement previous to 7th Yellow.

Tonfa instruction is also available to all ranks, but not a test requirement for anyone below 5th Green.