Kobudo

Traditional Okinawan Weapons - Our syllabus includes Matayoshi and Yamane-ryu weaponry.

Yamane-ryu

"Once an obscure and little-known tradition, Yamane-ryu has grown into an international phenomenon thanks largely to its uniqueness and public acceptance. Characterized by its fluid motion, unique footwork and hip rotation, and dynamic power, the tradition stands alone as a hallmark in the annals of kobudo history. Evolving from the teachings of Chinen Sanda, who fostered many disciples, his valuable lessons have been handed down by only a select few.

Yamane-ryu was first popularised in the west by the talented students of Kishaba Chogi, who had learned bojutsu from Chinen Masami, the grandson of Chinen Sanda.

In addition, the recent popularity of Yamane-Ryu has also spurred many to explore the alternative sources from which the tradition has been handed down to our times. One such lineage is that of Oshiro Chojo, arguably the most visible student of Chinen Sanda. In fact, it was Oshiro's bojutsu that was included in Miki Jisaburo's 1930 classic, Kenpo Gaisetsu, which contained the first ever published technical record of Ryukyu Kobudo featuring the traditions of Shuji, Sakugawa and Shirotaru. Indeed, it is also the bojutsu of Oshiro Chojo that forms the basis for the Yamane-ryu.

It can be said that the Yamane-ryu tradition continues to grow and evolve, as practitioners find that they can adapt the principles, body dynamics and flow of Yamane-ryu technique to any bojutsu kata, and to any of the other Ryukyu Kobudo weapons, too.

Matayoshi Kobudo

A style of Okinawan Kobudo that has been practiced by the Matayoshi family for over 9 generations. The honbu dojo for Matayoshi Kobudo is the Kodokan and can be found in Naha, Okinawa. The current Kancho (Chief Instructor) is Itokazu Seisho.

In the early 20th century Matayoshi Shinko was asked to demonstrate Kobudo to the Japanese Emperor. He did this twice alongside the likes of Chojun Miyagi and Gichin Funakoshi. The Emperor was so impressed that he awarded the Matayoshi Family the Royal emblem (Kiku Flower) to wear on their Kobudo logo.

Matayoshi Kobudo is the oldest kobudo style in existence and has great influence and respect around the world. Members of the Kodokan and affiliated dojos can now be found in every continent.