The Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko-Kai
This organization is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Ryukyu 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 Moden Yabiku (1878-1941.) Shinken Taira travelled to Tokyo in 1922 and became a karate student of Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1958) and a student of Ryukyu Kobujutsu under Moden Yabiku in 1929.
In 1933, he established a branch Dojo of Gichin Funakoshi’s Shotokan 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 practitioners were finally beginning to establish Dojo amidst the poverty, Shinken Taira, while grieving for the decline in Ryukyu 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, Eisuke Akamine, took Office as the second president until his death in 1999. Hiroshi Akamine, son of Eisuke Akamine, was elected the third and current president to continue his father’s good work until 2012 when he decided to start his own association.
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 Seichiro Higa (1890-1991), Raisuke Higa, Yohei Akamine (1904-1989), Jinsaburo Higa (1900-1981), and was initiated in Sakugawa no Kun, Shushi no Kun, Yonegawa no Kun, and Shirotaru no Kun Bo Kata.
The characteristic of way of carrying of the weapons has Shorin Ryu 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 Symbolic Meaning of the Badge
1. The two Sai expresses the human body as well as joining other schools and styles for our development.