Wooden Red Oak Tanto are a must for many Japanese Martial Arts. Used for solo form practice, partner work, pressure testing and practicing techniques they are an essential addition to most people training kit bag. The most use however will be when practicing street style knife defences. Picked up by many traditional Japanese Martial Arts as well as modern Self defence systems.
They mimic a ‘real’ knife so you can practice knife defences and forms in relative safety while maintaining a traditional feel. Long ago, the Japanese discovered that constantly training with sharp weapons wasn’t always a good idea. Hence the wooden red oak tanto was born, along with the bokken and shoto. This means you can still get hit and realise that it's a good idea to not get in the way of the knife but without getting stabbed, cut or dead. Whereas, Bo Staff and Jo Staff became weapons in their own right, wooden swords including the red oak tanto have always been reserved for practice.
Made from Red Oak which is extremely tough and hard wearing and measuring 28cm, which tends to be the standard length for Tanto and self defence training knives these days.
“I am speaking from experience, these aren't completely safety free. They are, of course, considerably better than a sharp knife or blade., but when one of these clonks you on the head or gets jabbed into your eye, it hurts. A lot. Be careful when being attacked and be a good attacker for your training partner.”
Doug Swift – Owner of Enso Martial Arts Shop
Here are the dimensions of this Red Oak tanto:
If you have any questions about the Red oak Tanto you want to buy feel free to contact us at our shop to discuss it, call (0117) 9425832 or email [email protected]