Red Oak Tonfa

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  • Overview
  • Red Oak Tonfa are mostly known as being a traditional Okinawa Kobudo weapon but are actually from all over Asia. They possibly derive from a millstone handle

Product details

  • Tonfa have a disputed history but are mostly known in Okinawan Martial Arts
  • Possibly originated from Thailand or Indonesian, then China
  • Made from hard wood red oak and is 50cm long
  • Very similar to the side-handle baton
  • Possible developed from a millstone handle


Watch our video on Red Oak Tonfa


Red Oak Tonfa Description

The Red Oak Tonfa have a disputed history but now are most commonly know of in the Okinawan Karate Styles and Japanese Kubudo. Still argued and unproven most people believe they originated from a millstone handle but could easily been developed from a crutch or even broken chair leg or branch. The arguments will continue but in the mean time we can enjoy training with them.  


Modern day equivalent uses are as a law enforcement, mainly with the police who use a side-handled baton, very similar, in fact almost identical to the Tonfa. The only difference being the material it’s made from.  A whole world of possibilities opens up when training with Tonfa. Empty hand forms can be done almost exactly, but don't just stop there. All kinds of striking, blocking, spinning techniques are there to be learnt and explore.


The main shaft is square in the middle with each direction tapering into round ends. The perpendicular handle is totally round. The entire Tonfa is made from Red oak hard wood. 


Advice from the shop on your Red Oak Tanto

“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 Tonfa

Here are the dimensions of this Red Oak Tonfa:  

  • Total Length = 50cm or 20”


If you have any questions about the Red Oak Tonfa 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 Tonfa

We have a few different options for posting your items at Enso Martial Arts Shop. Prices vary depending on the overall order, weight, size etc. The checkout page will automatically workout the possible options for you. 


We can send your item(s) in the following ways:


Royal Mail 2nd Class signed - Pretty slow service but will get there eventually. We will try and post it the same day the order comes to us, but not always possible for us. More than likely we will post the next day or day after that. Only possible for small lightweight items, as heavy items are more expensive than UPS. 


UPS Standard - Order before 12pm and we can pack and post the same day to be with you the next day. If you order after 12pm we can still pack it and have it ready but it is less likely to be collected the same day (still possible though, depends when the UPS man comes) and will arrive the day after that. 


UPS Worldwide - For anywhere outside the UK, we can post the same day but delivery times are dependent on the destination. Approximate delivery times are as follows: 

  • Europe: 2-3 working days
  • USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand: 3-4 working days
  • All other destinations: 4-7 working days.


5 stars based on 1 reviews

02 Sep 2020
Flavio Luis
Completely satisfied with my purchase. The wood is of high quality and looks even better than in the pictures! I definitely recommend buying Tonfas from Enso M.A. Shop

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