Kobudo Weaponry Volume 7: Oar
It is commonly believed that Okinawan farming and fishing tools evolved into lethal weapons of self-defense when the Satsuma samurai clan forbade the peasants from carrying arms.
The oar (eku) has a paddle with a slight point on the tip, curved on one side and a roof-like ridge along the other. This improvised weapon permitted fisherman fighting on the beach to fling sand in an attempt to blind or distract an opponent. Although the fighting techniques of the bo staff are similar to that of the oar, the sharp edges of this weapon can inflict more penetrating damage.
This video teaches the traditional self-defense techniques and katas for the oar. It is an ideal teaching aid for review, rank testing, competition, and self-defense.
Grandmaster Michael A. Stelzer holds several advanced ranks (10th Dan and above) in various styles of martial arts. Additionally, he holds three doctoral of science degrees and is a certified professional wrestler.