Sansetsukon - Okinawan Kobudo, 3-sectional staff

One of my black belt students (yudansha) at the Arizona hombu karate dojo in Mesa Arizona, arrived to our martial arts school with a 3-segmented bo (san-setsu-kon) that is sometimes referred to as a 3-piece nunchaku and 3-sectional staff, asking about its use, and if we would learn this weapon in the future.

This particular student is very dedicated to martial arts and periodically shows up to class with uncommon weapons. Not so long ago, he arrived with odachi in hand – a samurai sword that is as long as most people are tall, something most never see.
You will find little information about sansetsukon on the Internet even though a few books have been written by Chinese martial artists on the subject. I typically warn my students about being careful purchasing martial arts books becausefew have any value, and most are poorly written and not worth reading. Only a handful of martial arts books are good.

This is because, few martial arts books are properly edited, and many are self-publ…