The type of Bogu (protective armor) used in the Koei-Kan system was developed by Onishi Eizo Kancho Sensei in 1957 and was tested on March 24th that same year at the Shikoku area Championship of the All-Japan Karate-Do Association, held at the Kenmin-Kan in Matsuyama city. The use of Bogu is an integral area of training in Koei-Kan.
It is not totally unlike the gear worn by European and Japanese fencers. The Bogu enables practitioners to apply their techniques with full contact against a moving, thinking opponent. In this fashion a realistic atmosphere exists, which allows practicality and an understanding of effectiveness and efficiency to guide the student in overall development.
In all marital entities there is an undeniable need for the reality that actual contact breeds. Without such contact practice often degenerates to a level of tag. The necessity of contact has been realized in the martial arts.
PARTS OF THE BOGU
1. Men - helmet
2. Do - chest protector
3. Te - gloves
a) Kintekiate - groin cup
b) Suneate - shin protector