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A pair of tonfa

The tonfa (Okinawan: トンファー tonfā, Malay: topang, Chinese: ; pinyin: guǎi), also known as tong fa or tuifa, is an Okinawan weapon. It consists of a stick with a perpendicular handle attached a third of the way down the length of the stick, and is about 15-20 inches long.[1] It was traditionally made from red or white oak and wielded in pairs.[2] The tonfa is believed to have originated in either China or Southeast Asia where it is used in the respective fighting styles. A similar weapon called the mae sun sawk is used in krabi krabong and might be the original version of the weapon.[3] This article will reference tonfa from this point forward.

A pair of tonfa.


Although the tonfa is most commonly associated with the Okinawan martial arts, its origin is heavily debated. One of the most commonly cited origins is China, although origins from Indonesia to Thailand are also possible.[4][5][6] Okinawan tradition derives the tonfa from a millstone handle.[7][8] Other countries ascribe the tonfa's origin to the crutch; both the Chinese and Malay words for the weapon (guai and topang respectively) literally mean crutch.


The tonfa measures about three centimeters past the elbow when gripped.[9] There are three grips, honte-mochi (natural), gyakute-mochi (reverse) and tokushu-mochi (special). The starting grip, honte-mochi, places the handle in the hand with the long arm resting along the bottom of the forearm. This grip provides protection or brace along one's forearms, and also provides reinforcement for uraken (back fist), hiji waza (elbow techniques) and punches. In use, the tonfa can swing out to the gyakute grip for a strike or thrust. Martial artists may also flip the tonfa and grab it by the shaft, called tokushu-mochi. This allows use of the handle as a hook in combat, similar to the kama (sickle).[10][11] This grip is uncommon but is used in the kata Yaraguwa.[12]

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Den of Geek (US)

Den of Geek (US)
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:58:24 -0700

Acrobatic showmanship, a hint of martial arts, some tonfa sticks, a sleek outfit, and you've got a character who is about as fun and appealing as a superhero can be this side of Spider-Man. Nightwing is also unique in that there's an implicit ...
Puls Biznesu
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:30:50 -0700

Przedmiotem zamówienia jest dostawa : - pałek szturmowych typu PS w ilości 350 szt., - pałek wielofunkcyjnych typu Tonfa w ilości 3350 szt., uchwytu do pałki Tonfa w ilości 3150 szt., - pałek teleskopowych BONOWI EKA 21 lub równoważnych w ilości 50 szt.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:20:43 -0700

Particularly outstanding is the groundbreaking fight scene inside a house involving an old man (Min Tanaka) who battles with tonfa, stick-like weapons used in ancient martial arts, and a man using two swords (Iseya). Past Japanese period films, such as ...

Crónica Digital

Crónica Digital
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0700

El sipalki trabaja mucho la defensa personal, también se manejan armas, palo corto, tonfa, y en niveles más elevados, que lleva años, el aprendizaje se extiende a otras armas. “De las 18 técnicas que tiene el Sipalki, tres son sin armas, defensa ...

Liberté Le Bonhomme Libre

Liberté Le Bonhomme Libre
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:37:30 -0700

Au terme de ces heures d'accompagnement, ils ont repris leur service avec un revolver 38 spécial, en plus de leur équipement habituel composé d'un Tonfa ( matraque télescopique ) et d'une bombe lacrymogène. L'accréditation de la Préfecture a également ...
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:43:40 -0700

Le suspect a délibérément excité son chien puis l'a lancé sur un policier municipal qui a été mordu. La blessure sans gravité n'a pas motivé d'arrêt de travail. Les forces de l'ordre ont dû faire usage de la force et du tonfa, pour maîtriser non ...
IGN España
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 00:30:00 -0700

Así, la forma de luchar del orondo Buchu es muy distinta de la de Tonfa, que ataca con el arma que le da nombre. O como Star y su manía de lanzar shurikens, haciéndonos un intento de lo que más adelante se conocería como “zoning”. La producción de ...
Travelblog.it (Blog)
Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:30:00 -0700

La normale percezione che si ha del Burning Man, probabilmente è questa: un deserto infuocato al calor bianco, riempito da più di 50.000 hippy seminudi che fanno il saluto al sole mentre la musica techno tonfa attraverso l'aria. Alcuni anni fa, questa ...

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