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Éric wrote at 2006-09-29 23:14:23

I just want to add that the correct spelling is: "Sekium no tonbo".  I don't remember what Sekium means but "no" mean "with" in japanese and tonbo is the equivalent of the philipino escrima or Kali stick.  A Jo is about 4 feet long and a tonbo about 24".  This particular Kata is done with only one stick and is the first kata we learn at our school.  The second one in our list is Nobori ryu no tonbo, which is done with 2 sticks.

My Karate Style is Shorinji ryu and I was under the grand Sensei Richard Kim.

I hope this was useful to you!

Person wrote at 2007-12-17 02:39:59
I know this kata. You train Goju Ryu don't you. That's what I train. Coincidentally I recently asked my Sensei the same thing. He said it means Tonbo Kata Of Sekun (Not sure if I spelled Sekun right). I'm a bit skeptical about that but he is the sensei after all, so I believe him.

Glen wrote at 2008-07-07 13:26:25
'Tonbo' might also be a mispronunciation of 'tanbo'.  'Tan' is a reading of the kanji for 'short', and 'bo' meaning 'stick' or 'staff'.

Wizzard wrote at 2014-03-22 21:09:51
Sekiun was a person. Spelling varies probably through translation from Japanese to anglicized. Tonbo is just another name for the short stick, Okinawan Kobudo. So yes, it is Sekiun's tonbo kata.

If you read Sensei Kim's book Classical Man there is a story about Sekiun in it.


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