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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 a melee weapon best known for its role in the armed component of Okinawan martial arts. 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, used in krabi krabong and tomoi, 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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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:22:30 -0700

He always talks to me at comics festivals and trades me his toner-lush Video Tonfa zines about cult films. Goodyear's small press, Teenage Dinosaur, might be the most obscure micropublisher on this list, but from Matt Furie's Boys Club to Julia Gfrörer ...

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La Nuova Ferrara
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 01:48:45 -0700

Dopo la bomboletta al peperoncino, il bastone estensibile oppure il tonfa. Un nuovo regolamento, che sarà portato lunedì prossimo in Consiglio comunale per la discussione, fornirà alla polizia municipale un ulteriore «strumento di autodifesa» oltre ...

La Nuova Ferrara

La Nuova Ferrara
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:03:42 -0700

Si al tonfa strumento di difesa, no senza appello al taser arma di offesa. Il consiglio comunale ha approvato la modifica al regolamento del Polizia municipale, che consentirà di dotare i vigili (non tutti, solo quelli adeguatamente formati) di ...
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Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:26:15 -0700

And to my disappointment it seems to resist altogether pegging in from below the fist so the weapon could be used as something like a tonfa - or even better, looking like an arm-length switchblade. Not that such a thing would even be a new concept in a ...

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Sun, 22 Mar 2015 13:37:30 -0700

Bruce Leung definitely shows why he was one of the best kickers in classic kung fu films. Larry Lee gets to use both kung fu and elements of karate. This is evident in the finale, when he uses a weapon mainy used in karate, the tonfa, against the likes ...


Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:00:00 -0700

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Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:52:30 -0700

E' il tonfa, utile alla difesa personale e più piccolo di un manganello sfollagente, che serve invece prettamente per offendere: questo sarà a disposizione prossimamente per la Polizia Municipale Terre estensi, che comprende la città di Ferrara, ma ...

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