SHO KOSUGI: WEAPONS MASTER, WEAPONS DESIGNER


NINJA, SAMURAI, AND KOBUDO WEAPONS


PRONGED WEAPONS and FIGHTING FANS

 

 ˇ  SAI () Truncheon with Two Curved Side-Prongs

 

 ˇ  MANJI SAI (卍釵) Truncheon with Two Oppositely-Facing Curved Side-Prongs

 

 ˇ  NINJA SAI (忍者釵) Truncheon with Interchangeable Parts

 

 ˇ  NUNTE (ヌンテ) Truncheon with Two Oppositely-Facing Curved Side-Prongs and No Handle

 

 ˇ  JITTE (十手) Truncheon with Single Curved Side-Prong

 

 ˇ  TESSEN (鉄扇) Iron War Fan

 

 

SAI(釵)

The SAI is a traditional Okinawan close combat weapon used for stabbing.  The basic form of the weapon is that of a sharp metal prong with two matching curved side-prongs (yoku) projecting from the handle (tsuka).  The sai is typically used in pairs, with one in each hand.


아메리카 訪問客
  Visitor of America (1976)


The SAI was one of two weapons that Sho wielded in his role as the modern-day samurai Suzuki in VISITOR OF AMERICA.

 

 

 

 

Enter the Ninja (1981)


The SAI was also one of the weapons that Sho wielded in his star-making ninja debut as the black ninja Hasegawa in ENTER THE NINJA, both during the opening credits and in the film itself.

 

 

 

SAI were also amongst the weapons owned and used by the white ninja Cole (Franco Nero and double Mike Stone).

 

 

 

Revenge of the Ninja (1983)


SAI were part of the weapons collections of both Cho Osaki (Sho) and Braden (Arthur Roberts) in REVENGE OF THE NINJA.

 

 

 

The Master - ''State of the Union'' (1984)


A single octagon SAI could be seen in The Master's case of ninja weapons in the 3rd episode of THE MASTER.

 

 

The Master - ''The Good, the Bad and the Priceless'' (1984)


A pair of octagon SAI can be seen in the weapons collection owned by Simon Garrett (George Maharis) in the 8th episode of THE MASTER.

 

 

The Master - ''The Java Tiger'' (1984)


Villain of the week and martial artist Mr. Kruger (Kabir Bedi), showed off a pair of octagon SAI in the 10th episode of THE MASTER.

 

 

 

Wide Show 11PM - "Ninja Boom, Landing in Japan!" (1987)


Sho wielded a pair of SAI in his home dojo in California in a great segment on the Japanese Late Night TV program WIDE SHOW 11PM.

 


琉球の風 第12回 前夜の嵐
  Dragon Spirit - ''Stormy Eve'' (1993)


Armed with a pair of SAI, Shintenpū (Sho) had a practice duel against his protégé Ken (Kane Kosugi) in the 12th episode of DRAGON SPIRIT.

 

 

琉球の風 第13回 首里城明け渡し
  Dragon Spirit - ''Surrender of Shuri Castle'' (1993)


Armed with his SAI, Shintenpū (Sho) bravely fought to the death against invading samurai in the 13th episode of DRAGON SPIRIT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ザ・格闘王
The Fighting King (1994)


A number of SAI could be seen on the dojo wall during the opening training scene in THE FIGHTING KING.

 

 

ザ・格闘王2
The Fighting King 2 (1994)


Sealed octagon SAI owned by Miki (Kojiro Shimizu) had great significance in the second part of Sho's directorial debut, THE FIGHTING KING 2.

 

 

 

In a moment reminiscent of Cho Osaki (Sho) unsealing his Ninja-Tō in REVENGE OF THE NINJA, Miki breaks the seal on his SAI to do battle.

 

 

 

 

Swearing to avenge Miki's death, Ken Oshiro (Kane) picks up his friend's SAI and begins to train relentlessly for battle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

忍者戦隊カクレンジャー「超大物・来日!!」
Ninja Sentai Kakuranger - ''A Super Big Figure Coming to Japan!!'' (1994)


Sho wielded a single octagon SAI in his epic guest starring role as Gali in two episodes of NINJA SENTAI KAKURANGER.

 

 

 

 

 

忍者戦隊カクレンジャー「史上初の超対決」
Ninja Sentai Kakuranger - ''History's First Super Battle'' (1994)


 

Sho Kosugi Self-Defense and Ninjaerobics (1996)


Sho wielded a pair of octagon SAI in at least one segment filmed for his SHO KOSUGI SELF-DEFENSE AND NINJAEROBICS TV series.

 

 

 

 

 

The Ninjas From Hollywood Japan Tour 2001


Sho also wielded a pair of SAI in his first stage show THE NINJAS FROM HOLLYWOOD JAPAN TOUR 2001.

 

 

 

 

Yin-Yang Code: The Drums of Tenkai-Bo (2017)


SAI were depicted in drawings featured in both of Sho and co-author Warren Chaney's YIN-YANG CODE novels.

 

 

Yin-Yang Code: Shadow of Tenkai-Bo (2017)






 

MANJI SAI(卍釵)

The MANJI SAI is a modified version of the Okinawan Sai that employs oppositely-facing side-prongs (instead of symmetrical ones) as side guards.  The weapon's resemblance to the manji (swastika) is where takes its name.


Revenge of the Ninja (1983)


Though only seen very briefly, a pair of MANJI SAI were amongst the weapons owned by Cho Osaki (Sho) in REVENGE OF THE NINJA.

 

 

ザ・格闘王
The Fighting King (1994)


MANJI SAI were also amongst the weapons on display on the dojo wall in the opening training scene in THE FIGHTING KING.

 





 

NINJA SAI(忍者釵)

The NINJA SAI, also known as the CHAMELEON SAI, was a versatile weapon with multiple interchangeable parts sold in the 1980s.  Weapons that could be assembled from the various parts included the SAI, the MANJI SAI, the NUNTE, the JITTE, and the YAWARA.


9 Deaths of the Ninja (1985)


Although at first glance this weapon wielded by Spike Shinobi (Sho) in 9 DEATHS OF THE NINJA appears to be a MANJI SAI, it is actually more than that.  With interchangeable parts it had the ability to transform into a variety of other weapons, therefore making this chameleon a NINJA SAI.

 

 

 

As we previously touched upon in the FUKIYA section, another piece was specially built and added to the NINJA SAI by Sho and/or SHO KOSUGI NINJA ENTERPRISES, allowing it to also fire small FUKIBARI darts in the film.

 

 

 





 

NUNTE(ヌンテ)

The NUNTE is a type of Sai with points or tips on both ends, rather than a handle.  Additionally, like the Manji Sai, one of the side-prongs is reversed.  This Okinawan weapon is also known as NUNTI and NUNTESU, and is, as previously discussed, the spear tip of the Nunte-bō.


The Master - ''The Good, the Bad and the Priceless'' (1984)


The NUNTE was featured exclusively in THE MASTER TV series.  Specifically, in the 8th, 9th, and 10th episodes.

 

 

 

 

 

The Master - "Kunoichi" (1984)


 

The Master - "The Java Tiger" (1984)






 

JITTE(十手)

The JITTE or JUTTE is a Japanese weapon derived from the Okinawan Sai that features a single side-prong.  It was a specialized weapon that was used by law enforcement officers in Edo period Japan (1603-1868).


The Master (1984) * Photoshoot *


Although the JITTE was not featured on any episode of THE MASTER, Sho did pose with one in these great promotional photos for the series.

 


Ninja Theater Hosted by Sho Kosugi - ''Jitte'' (1986)


The JITTE was one of the featured weapons in the NINJA THEATER HOSTED BY SHO KOSUGI home video series.

 

 

 

 

Sho Kosugi Self-Defense and Ninjaerobics (1996)


Sho wielded a pair of JITTE in at least one segment filmed for his SHO KOSUGI SELF-DEFENSE AND NINJAEROBICS TV series.

 

 





 

TESSEN(鉄扇)

The TESSEN are Japanese war fans with outer spokes made of heavy plates of iron which were designed to look like normal, harmless folding fans.  Samurai could take these to places where swords or other overt weapons were not allowed, and some swordsmanship schools included training in the use of the tessen as a weapon.  The tessen was also used for fending off knives and darts.


Revenge of the Ninja (1983)


The first version of Sho's TESSEN, known as the SK NINJA FAN, appeared in an unforgettable scene in REVENGE OF THE NINJA.

 

 

 

Although it's unclear if the original SK NINJA FAN could really do this, one of the coolest parts in this great scene came when, with a flick of his wrist, Cho Osaki (Sho) turned it into a small hand spear.

 

 


The Master (1984) * Photoshoot *


Although never seen on THE MASTER itself, the second version of the SK NINJA FAN, featuring white graphics on both sides, was used in at least one great promotional photo for the series.

 

 

Ninja Theater Hosted by Sho Kosugi - ''Ninja Fan'' (1986)


The second version SK NINJA FAN was also the subject of a segment of the NINJA THEATER HOSTED BY SHO KOSUGI home video series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sho Kosugi Self-Defense and Ninjaerobics (1996)


The second version SK NINJA FAN also appeared on at least one SHO KOSUGI SELF-DEFENSE AND NINJAEROBICS segment.