What Is a Tonfa?

Save

The Tonfa is a fighting stick invented by Japanese farmers around A.D. 1200. Originally fashioned from the handle of a grinding stone for wheat, the Tonfa consists of an 18-inch-long rounded stick with a handgrip set at a right angle several inches from one end. Usually used in pairs, the original Tonfas let the unarmed working class defend themselves against abuses by the armed noble class.

Using a Tonfa

  • When holding a Tonfa by its handgrip, the long part of the tool lies along the bottom of the forearm, protecting it when blocking against a blow. You can easily swing the main long arm of the Tonfa out to the side to jab an opponent. Traditional Tonfas use red oak rods that fit into one another in peg fashion. Some modern varieties use aluminum to make the weapon lighter and stronger, as well as a ratcheting handle to increase the speed of the Tonfa's swing.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit Milenko Bokan/iStock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Make Paper Weapons

    Paper weapons don't cause bodily harm, but they are fun to use when playing make-believe. Swords, knives and guns are all easy...

  • How to Make Martial Arts Weapons

    Many martial arts weapons can be made out of wood. It is important to use types of wood that are strong yet...

  • How to Make a Construction Paper Tent

    Marshmallows roasting over the crackling fire. . .the sound of the wind ruffling the trees. . .the smell of untouched nature. Give...

Related Searches

Check It Out

10 Delicious Game Day Eats That Rival the Game

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!