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Tonfa: From Kobudo Weapon to Modern Police Tool
Part 3: Simple grips and techniques
Tonfa techniques can be extremely simple, thus allowing them to be taught quickly to new police recruits. By simply grasping the handle, allowing the long end of the shaft to lie along the forearm, the user can reinforce his or her arm and fist in natural blocking and punching motions. click for larger image
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• Part 1: Kobudo Weaponry
• Part 2: Police Adopt the PR-24
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When just one tonfa is used, as with the PR-24 police baton version of the tonfa, the off-hand can be used to guard the head or to reinforce a thrust, as seen here.

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A more sophisticated strike involves loosening one's grip on the handle and swinging the long end of the shaft in an arc, impacting the target midway. These swinging strikes can be combined in succession, resulting in hits both going forward and back, or artistic figure-eight patterns.

The tonfa lacks the cinematic drama of the nunchaku, but in my opinion is a much more practical weapon. It is easier to learn to use, and simpler in design and construction. However, advanced tonfa techniques still present a challenge to the experienced martial artist. These characteristics makes the tonfa a welcome addition to any martial artist's curriculum.

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