Tonfas, also known as tong fa,tonqua or tuifa, are melee weapons best known for their role in the armed component of Okinawan martial arts. They consist of a stick with a perpendicular handle attached a third of the way down the length of the stick, and is about 15–20 inches long. They were traditionally made from red or white oak and wielded in pairs. Tonfas are believed to have originated in either China or Southeast Asia, where it is used in the respective fighting styles. They were also the inspiration for the modern, side-handled police baton.