Kobudo > traditional weapons > sai

Imported from China, but of Indian origin, sai were used to plough the ground and to sow in drills. If you use them as weapons, they are effective in the defence against swords and staves. In this case two sai were grasped (one in each hand) to intercept and deflect downward blows in order to counterattack after that. In the past they were pointed weapons and it was often decided to use sai as a throwing short-range weapon, actually a third sai was generally worn on one's belt. Another version of sai is the jutte that is used by Japanese police for defence and locks, acting with pressure on sensitive points.