An Interview With Bujinkan Weapons Owner Carmelo

Discussion in 'Articles' started by Kevin, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    Carmelo from Bujinkan Weapons has kindly agreed to answer any questions that Black Belt Forums may have regarding martial arts weapons.

    Carmelo has actively studied the art of Budo Taijutsu since 1997. Through Bujinkan Weapons he sells a range of different Bujinkan weapons such as the Tenouchi, Koppo stick, Fukuro Hanbo and Bo Staff.

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    Feel free to ask Carmelo any questions about the weapons he makes. He has a lot of experience creating weapons so I'm sure he will be able to answer any questions you have. He will be dropping by tomorrow to answer all questions that are posted by Black Belt Forums members.

    A big thank you to Carmelo for taking the time to do this. :D

    Kevin
     
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  3. Pedro

    Pedro Baek Doo San

    that's great! I'll come up with some quastions I have about making my own weapons :)
     
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  4. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    • How did you get into the art of making martial arts weapons?
    • From start to finish, how long does it take to make a typical Bujinkan weapon?
     
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  5. Traderjoe

    Traderjoe Disciple

    Is this live and if so what time zone and details please.
     
  6. Kevin

    Kevin Admin Staff Member

    No it's not live. If you post your questions he will answer them tomorrow. If you catch him when he's online tomorrow, there's a good chance he will respond to your questions there and then :)
     
  7. Traderjoe

    Traderjoe Disciple

    Sorry never did this before, just post right in this section then?
     
  8. Pedro

    Pedro Baek Doo San

    I believe so.
     
  9. Pedro

    Pedro Baek Doo San

    . How to choose an adequate wood to make weapons for beginners? [not necessarily a powerful weapon, just for the sake of learning the proper techniques]
     
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  10. Traderjoe

    Traderjoe Disciple

    Please make a real set of Shuko not cheap stuff we can buy online.
     
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  11. Carmelo

    Carmelo Initiate

    How I got started making Martial Art tools is also how I got started in Martial Arts. In 1997 I was living in South Florida, I was a finish carpenter by trade, that's what I've done most of my life. We had landed a contract to build what was believed to be one of the first Japanese Dojo of its kind. It was a Stephen K. Hayes "Quest Center". This was at a time before Mr Hayes had officially launched "To Shin DO". That was my introduction. I not only built the school, I was involved in all its furnishings and when it was all said and done, I was amongst the first to wear a Gi and train on its mats.

    However, what we're doing right now didn't take a life of its own until this past January 2012. Depending on its complexity a new weapon can take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours to make, once it hits my bench. It can sometimes take twice that to get actually get the right materials selected and in my shop, and the other 3rd of my business is doing the business of staying connected to the Martial Art Community.​
     
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  12. Carmelo

    Carmelo Initiate

    Hey Pedro,

    That's a great question. I can only speak to what's available to us here in the states. Let me define what I believe "adequate" should represent. For a beginner "adequate" should be something that is actually safe to use even if it's misused. In this case, Appalachian Hickory is the choice. It's impact resistance is its highest quality. That's why it's used for baseball bats. So in this case it makes it very safe for a beginner and its cost is relatively fair. White Oak is OK, as well, I just couldn't give it as high as a grade as Hickory for safety.
     
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  13. Carmelo

    Carmelo Initiate

    Hello Joe

    What would make the shuko real for you?
     
  14. Pedro

    Pedro Baek Doo San

    Thanks, i think i can find the physical properties of Hickory, than try to look for a similar wood here.. this isn't an easy type of wood to find in Brazil, but oak is very common here.
     
  15. Carmelo

    Carmelo Initiate

    If you're just starting out, in making your own weapons and tools, than you'll find Oak very forgiving and easy to work with.
     
  16. Traderjoe

    Traderjoe Disciple

    Custom made to fit, sharp, dependable, craftsmanship, some pride put into it.

    Mahalo & Aloha!
     
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  17. Carmelo

    Carmelo Initiate

    Joe, your Fukuro Hanbo just got sent out! You should of got a tracking number. What a coincidence to meet you here.
     
  18. Traderjoe

    Traderjoe Disciple

    Thank you! I am very excited to see it. I am sure I will order another one for my friend.
     
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  19. Carmelo

    Carmelo Initiate

    I've been researching the shuko for production and it's on the list, but I'll be honest with you, it's not a short list. Our custom requests take priority. So if you want to see something happen, that's what moves the ball over here. We love a challenge.
     
  20. Traderjoe

    Traderjoe Disciple

    How do I get ball rolling I am serious please quote me a price for them.
     
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  21. Carmelo

    Carmelo Initiate

    I can follow up with you on that question by email. As you say

    Mahalo & Aloha!
     

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