Kobudo is a martial art and exercise system from Okinawa, Japan. Translated to English, the activity is known as “the way of the ancient Okinawan warrior.” Although kobudo is sometimes categorized and taught alongside karate, kobodu is distinguished by its use of weapons such as a “sai” (dagger), “bo” (a long staff), “kama” (sickle), and “tonfa” (club). A variant of “nunchaku” (commonly known as “nunchucks” or “karate sticks”) is also sometimes used, as authentic nunchaku are illegal in Canada. Kobudo is typically taught in a group class setting, with the focus on demonstration rather than competitive combat. Participants often wear white robes which allow them to move decisively while being rigid enough to withstand contact.
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The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre; Classical Martial Arts Centre
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Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre6 Garamond CourtToronto, ON M3C 1Z5
Classical Martial Arts Centre52 St. Claire Avenue EastToronto, ON M4T 1M9
Classical Martial Arts Centre - Sakura Dojo978 Eglington Ave WToronto, ON M6C 2C5
Classical Martial Arts Centre - Hasu Dojo1431 Yonge StToronto, ON M4T 1Y9
Classical Martial Arts Centre - Enzan Dojo918 Bathurst StToronto, ON M5R 3G5
Bell’s Martial Arts2200 Danforth AvenueToronto, ON M4C 1K4
Honbu Dojo18 Chauncey AveToronto, ON M8Z 2Z3
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