KUWA is one of the superior weapons, studied after obtaining black belt.
The kuwa is a peasant hoe used to work the land.
The hoe is common to all agrarian societies; in Okinawa, the kuwa was also used as a weapon for as long as there have been farmers.
Compared with the garden hoe, the handle tends to be thicker and generally shorter, both because of the stature of Okinawans and the fact that many farmers lived on the hills where long handles would a barrier.
The classic shape of the blade is a simple steel rectangle with a sharp leading edge, but can also be forked teeth.