Okinawan kobudō (沖縄古武道) refers to the weapon systems of Okinawan martial arts. Okinawan kobudō is also known as
Ryūkyū Kobujutsu (琉球古武術).
It is a popular story and common belief that Okinawan farming tools evolved into weapons due to restrictions placed upon the peasants by the Satsuma samurai clan when the island was
made a part of Japan, which forbade them from carrying arms. As a result, it is said, they were defenseless and developed a fighting system around their traditional farming