Kuwa
Ancient Okinawan Martial Arts Weapon

The amazing history of the grub hoe is revealed.

kuwa is a hoe used as martial arts weapon

Sensei Doug Achterberg of the Antioch Kenyukai Shubukan - an Okinawan Karate and Kobudo in Antioch California.


Sensei Achterberg sent us this great picture along with the following message:

I did not purchase the grub hoe for gardening, I purchased it as a Kuwa, (a traditional Okinawan weapon that a farmer could use for self defense against the Japanese Samurai in the 18th and 19th century). As you see I am a traditional Okinawan weapons practitioner, and this was one of the few weapons I did not have in my collection.

In Asia there are three names for this tool:

  • Kuwa
  • Kue
  • Gawa

In the west this tool is called a Grub Hoe, or an Azada in Spanish. We have sold these tools to many martial arts students and teachers in the US. The tools are available for purchase below. If you prefer to buy just a component, look in the "Components and Spare Parts" area.

Six inch Grub Hoe

6" Grub Hoe

6" Grub Hoe

with 60 inch handle

$35.95

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The 6" grub hoe is our BEST selling all-around digging tool. This tough 3 lb forged steel tool has the right design and weight to quickly and easily cut through sod, hard soil, stems, and small roots. Super for trenching! The human-powered rototiller alternative.

Complete with a 5 foot long Ash handle.
Lengths can vary from 58.25" to 60.25"


Four inch Grub Hoe

4" Grub Hoe

4" Grub Hoe

with 60 inch handle

$35.95

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The 4" grub hoe shares the fast efficient design of the larger tool, but in a narrower 2 lb version. This tool is perfect for smaller gardens and for those who wish to minimize their physical exertion. It is also used for narrow trenching of lawn sprinkler and wiring lines.

Complete with a 5 foot long Ash handle.
Lengths can vary from 58.25" to 60.25"

*FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49.00 to continental USA. If under $49, shipping is $8.00

Special Offer: Buy two or more long handled tools and get a free Farmer's Own sharpening file - for a limited time only.


Components and Spare Parts

Our large metal wedge is included with every head or handle purchased.

Head for 4" Grubbing Hoe     $15.50

Buy 4 inch grubbing hoe head only


Head only. 4" wide, 8" long, 2 pounds.


 

Head for 6" Grubbing Hoe     $15.50

Buy 6 inch grub hoe head only


Head only. 6" wide, 8" long, 3 pounds.


 

Additional 60" handle
for the Grub Hoe you are buying today

$20.95

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*To get a handle for a tool you already own, CLICK HERE


Kuwa Videos
Kuwa Kata in practice.

Gakiya Yoshiaki 8th dan Kuwa Kata

Gakiya Yoshiaki 8th dan, President of the Okinawa Kobudo Doshi Rensei Kai demonstrates the Kuwa Kata in New York in 2002. Click Here for Source

Martial Arts Weapons Kobudo Kata

Soke Hausel and Senpai Bill Borea demonstrate Kuwa kata at the Seiyo Kai Hombu in Mesa, Arizona 2011. Click Here for Source

Kuwa Kata

Though no description is available, this video is a choreographed demonstration of a selection of Kuwa Kata moves.