Dedication To Keith Yates, Jim Toney, Barry Guimbellot, Steve Weiss, Russ Comerski, and Steve Rich, without whom
this book would never have been written.
- PHOTOS BY STEVE RICH
I began my training in the martial arts over fourteen years ago in the little town of Alexandria, Louisiana. From the first I was interested in weapons, but I had
great difficulty in finding any but a handful of people who knew anything about weapons. For many years I was only able to acquire little bits of weapons training
from various teachers here and there. I tried to learn all that I could from books, but found that the number of books on weapons is almost as short in supply as the
number of instructors with a knowledge of weapons. I also found that most of the books about weapons were written by the same man and were incomplete in their
depth, for no books were available on the tonfa or the yawara, and only a few were available on the staff, the bo, and the knife. There seemed to be numerous books
on the nunchaku, most poorly done, and a few books on the sai; but all in all the books available for the martial art student who was interested in weapons were few
and far between.
So I decided to write my own book. I spent the last four years doing research and training with weapons, learning their use and applications. I was able to achieve
a fourth degree black belt in weapons (kubojitsu), I had already written four other books and a movie script, "The Leopard," so I was familiar with what was
necessary to write a good book. I wanted my book to have techniques that a beginner could learn, but that a teacher could also benefit from. I wanted to make the
book easy to follow by avoiding any overuse of photos or confusing text. I wanted to include a basic practice Kata for each weapon, as well as techniques for the
weapon's offensive and defensive use. Finally, I wanted to write a book that would serve as a manual on weapons for years to come-a
book that a student or a teacher would be proud to own and would refer t