Each weapon has its own unique personality and requires a different skill set. My shoulders can certainly tell when I've been practicing with the nunchaku (as can my husband when he sees the new bruises). The sai requires a bit of wrist action. I get to practice fine motor skills with the kama.
My sensei says that, in practice, weapons are extensions of ourselves. If you watch a master in action, you will see just that. In a master's hands, the weapons are not cumbersome or bulky. Rather, they are quick and graceful and follow the movement of the body.
I love karate and take pride in learning a system that has been passed down from teacher to student for hundreds of years. I can only hope to honor that rich heritage.
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