Kama are Okinawan and Japanese traditional farming implements similar to a sickle used for reaping crops and also employed as a weapon. Before being used in martial arts, the kama was widely used throughout Asia to cut crops, mostly rice. It is commonly used in martial arts from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines where it is found in many forms. The kama has also been used in Chinese martial arts but not often. From one or both of these areas the kama was brought to Okinawa and incorporated into the martial art Te (hand) and later Karate (empty hand). During the annexation of Okinawa by the Satsuma, all traditional weapons were outlawed. This led to the development of the kama and other Kobudo weapons which were also used for farming. It is sometimes known as a ‘Hand Scythe’.
The Kama is a formidable weapon against weapons such as the sword or Bo staff because of the curved blades – users are able to trap or block such long weapons with one Kama and attack the opponent with the second. The fact that the Kama is such a small and versatile weapon led to it being developed and refined into a more popular weapon of stealth, much like the Shuriken. Often crafted with a serrated upper edge and a small piecing utensil on the handle for more uses, the kama is considered one of the deadliest stealth weapons in ancient Japan
Kama are often included in weapon training segments of karate, tae kwon do, silat and more obscurely in some kung fu systems. It is also a popular modern forms competition weapon. Modern forms competitors often simply adapt their empty hand routine while holding kama with little to no actual kama technique employed.
This kama set is great for martial artists looking for an inexpensive way to practice their forms.
Weight: 7 Oz (Each)