Sai / Steel Truncheon

The Sai (Steel Truncheon) ? passed through India and China to enter Okinawa, where it was further developed. During the Ryukyu Kingdom Era, it was originally devised as a policing tool for the protection of the King and high ministers. Used in combat situations and in the arresting of ruffians and criminals. The Busa (martial artists) formulated Kata so people could train by themselves in offensive and defensive techniques. The primary emphasis being self-defence and policing. Also called Jutte or Nunte

The parts of the Sai.

Tsukagashira – Handle butt

Tsuka – Handle

Yoko – Side guards

Tsume – Side guard tip

Moto – Centre point between the side guards

Monouchi – Blade

Saki – Tip of blade