are used as a self-defense tool. Montgomery Family Karate Center
stresses defense, not offense. Master Smith is a weaponry expert
and her teaching is precise. She helps students learn the art of
weaponry. For Master Smith, it's not just about slinging swords around.
It's a very precise and deliberate form of martial arts.
with weapons is done in a very controlled environment. Students are
taught to respect their weapon of choice and to use it wisely. Beginner
students are never given sharp weapons. The nunchakus they start with
are foam, and the bokkens have smooth, dull edges. The safety of the
students comes first.