Even though Kobudo has been known as the brother/sister to Karate, going together with its teachings, it has unfortunately gained little traction in popularity compared to its counterpart. When looking at why this may be, one of the main reasons that could be is simply due to the impracticality of Kobudo in real life settings. While Karate – hand-to-hand combat – can be utilized anywhere at any time, Kobudo requires practitioners to hold a specified weapon they have obtained training in.
Additionally, since Kobudo revolves around weapons, there is much more difficulty in obtaining mastery in such a specialized martial art, making it potentially less appealing than Karate. While the rewards in learning how to utilize an Okinawan weapon may be fulfilling, it is rarer to find specialists in Kobudo training rather than the more mainstream Karate. Furthermore, the fact that this requires these specific weapons also means higher costs, while Karate merely requires clothes.