Sai – Karate's ancient weapon

what is sai?

The Sai is another weapon from Okinawa. Sai is excellent to start with because the basic movement of Sai resemble Karate a lot. I would like to introduce you to this weapon by demonstrating the most basic as well as specific characteristics, which are the way to hold and the way to flip the Sai.

The Digi Dojo - Okinawan Kobudo - Sai Hikite

sai kata dai ichi
from shuguro nakazato sensei

Believe me, all classical Kobudo Kata are like Kushanku. Here's the first Sai Kata that I learned from Yokoyama Kancho.

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how to hold the sai

There are several ways to hold the Sai. Together they create total knowledge - all that Sai can teach you. Only then you can use it’s full potential. Especially with Sai, feel the momentum when you strike - as if you throw it away and catch it. Don’t push it away, feeling resistance. Feelingwise, become stronger. Faster.Sai should be helping you - enhancing your empty hand strike.

The following three methods are used to execute basic movements such as Uke, Tsuki and Uchi.

The Digi Dojo - Okinawan Kobudo - Sai - Tsuki

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The Digi Dojo - Okinawan Kobudo - Sai - Thumb grip

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The Digi Dojo - Okinawan Kobudo - Sai - Indexfinger grip

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The Digi Dojo - Okinawan Kobudo - Sai - Throwing

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sai makiwara training

variations of striking

sai gedan uke

sai ura uchi

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sai kihon and fundamental exercises

sai flipping

sai kake uke (kihon #5)

the first sai method i ever learned from yokoyama kancho

sai throwing

Sai Kata Jodan Gamae

1/5 how to throw the sai (grip and demo)

2/5 here's another method to throw the sai - straight from kata

3/5 throw it like this when you hold the shaft

4/5 Sai Throwing: Level Up

5/5 sai throwing: target practise (and what to do when you missed)

sai kumite

sai kumite with irimi

how to trap the bo using yoku

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