Red Oak Kama

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SKU: MAR-269Z1
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  • Overview
  • Red Oak Kama are traditionally associated with Okinawan Karate Styes, but it is a weapon that exists throughout Asia and beyond being a simple farming tool

Product details

  • Mostly regarded as a Okinawan Karate weapon
  • Mainly agreed to have been developed from a sickle
  • Made from hard wood red oak and is 50cm long
  • Traditionally in pairs and used for cutting and trapping
  • In recent times taken up by styles like the modern XMA


Watch our video on the Red Oak Kama


Red Oak Kama Description

Originating from a simple farming tool, the sickle, kama have been developed into to a martial arts weapon in their own right. Very common across Asia, Kama are very widepread, especially in places that farm rice. They appear in martial arts all over Asia but it in Japan, especially Okinawa, where they are best known.  Many of the Japanese Kubudo weapons were developed like this, as when villages were attacked people grabbed all they had and what they were used to using the most. Imagine taking on a farmer who has been using that kama for the last 20 years for up to 14 hours a day, his muscles, body movement will be perfectly set up for dealing powerful blows and perfect cutting techniques.  


This is how many weapons came into existence and these Red Oak Kama are no exception. Designed for completely safe training and sparring practice and traditionally coming in pairs. The kama can be used as it is, as a single or in pairs and you do see variants being used such as the Kusarigama mainly used in Ninjutsu these days. Not only can kama be used for chopping as you'd expect but they can also be used for blocking and trapping.


These days, Red Oak Kama don't necessarily get attached to any particular style, You do see them popping up in some karate classes, but they are quite a rare weapon these days.  Some more modern demonstration styles like XMA use them but these REd Oak kama are much more of a traditional weapon for traditioanl styles. Japanese Kobudo is rare now but look aroudn and you can find very good instructors. This pair of red oak kama will serve you well and there is no reason why you’ll need to buy another pair.

Advice from the shop on your Red Oak Kama

“Your main trouble with these will be finding an instructor to teach you them. If you all ready have one, hold onto them tight If not you might have to get onto youtube and be prepared to do some driving to weekend seminars.”

Doug Swift – Owner of Enso Martial Arts Shop


Sizing of your of Red Oak Kama

Here are the dimensions of this Red Oak Kama:  

  • Total Length = 46cm or 18”
  • Grip diameter = 34mm / 1.5"
  • Tip diameter = 25mm / 1"
  • Blade Length = 13cm / 5"
  • Blade Width = 4cm / 1.5"
  • Weight (pair) =


If you have any questions about the Red Oak Kama you want to buy feel free to contact us at our shop to discuss it, call (0117) 9425832 or email [email protected]

Shipping your Red Oak Kama

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