Tinbe-Rochin refers to an arms and armor combination of a short spear and a shield. It is one of the least known Okinawan weapon systems. The tinbe (shield) may be constructed from various materials including vine, cane, metal, or turtle shell. The shield used in this course is constructed of bamboo and covered with cloth. Although, it would generally not withstand heavy impact, its practical use is included in this course for informational use only.
The rochin is usually equivalent in length to that of the forearm and exists in many differing designs varying from spears to short swords and machete-style implements. In use, the rochin techniques may be in an upward stabbing motion, piercing armor under the rib cage, armpits, and throat (for the spear type) or using slashing motions (for the short sword type).
This course teaches the stances, blocks, strikes, techniques, and kata for the Tinbe – Rochin and is an ideal teaching aid for review, rank testing, competition, and self-defense.
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