HISTORY OF RYU KYU KOBUDO

History of Ryu Kyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai & Shorinryu Kyokai Shinbukan Karate Do, Okinawa, Japan

Our organization is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Ryuku Kobujutsu, the ancient Ryukyuan weapon arts. It was established in 1955 by the late Shinken Taira (1897 - 1970) and was preceded by the “Ryukyu Kobujutsu Kenkyu Kai” founded by Shinken Taira’s teacher, the late Modenyabiku (1878-1941). Shinken Taira traveled to Tokyo in 1922 and became a karate student of Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1958) and a student of Ryuku kobujutsu under Modern Yabiku in 1929.

In 1933, he established a branch Dojo of Gichin Funakoshi’s Shotakan in Gunma Prefecture, and while giving instruction in Karate and Kobujutsu, studied weapons under Kenwa Mabuni (1889-1952). In 1942 he returned home to Okinawa until the end of the Pacific war, around the time when the senior karate practioners were finally beginning to establish Dojo’s amidst the poverty, Shinken Taira, while grieving for the decline in Ryuku Kobujutsu, roused himself to start our association to preserve and teach the ancient weapon arts.

He became the first president and worked earnestly for its development. In 1970, after the passing of Shinken Taira, the top disciple, Mr.Eisuke Akkamine, took office as the second precedent, in terms of style, the late Moden Yabiku was Yamani style and disciple immediately in line after Sanda Chinen (Yamani Nusume, 1840-1922) however, before study with Shinken Taira, Eisuke Akamine studied under Chinen’s disciples Sechiro Higa (1890-1991) Raisuke Higa, Yohei Akamine (1904-1989) Jinsaburo Higa (1900-1981) and was initiated in Sakugawaa no kun, Shushi ho kun, Yonegawa no kun, and Shirotaru no kun Bo katas.

In April 1999, Horishi Akamine, son of Eisuke Sensei took his present office as third president. The characteristic of way of carrying of the weapons has Shorinry Karate as a basis, With the Bo (staff) and Sai techniques as the primary emphasis. Over 20 kinds of Kobujutsu Kata have been preserved and passed on. The headquarters of Dojo is the Shinbukan Dojo in Okiwana, Japan.