Tonfa, Tunfá, Tuifa (Grinder handle)
The Tunfa is basically a wooden grind stone handle and used in pairs. Tunfá is quite difficult and requires a high degree of skill. To use this weapon with ease requires considerable practice and time. There are two kata taught in the Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan system. They are Hama Higa no Tunfa and Yara Gwa no Tunfa. Hama Higa no Tunfa is a required kata in the Nidan Grading.
The parts of the Tunfá.
Monouchi – the main part of the Tunfá
Gedan tsukagashira – the forward end of the Tunfá above the grip
Ushiro tsukagashira – the butt end of the Tunfá Yoko – the sides of the Tunfá
Tasui – the underside of the Tunfá
Yoko nage – the upper side of the Tunfá
Tsuka – the handle grip
Tsukagashira – the round top of the grip