Beginning with Sakugawa Tudi (1762-1843) the practice of weaponry in the Loo Choo, (Ryukyu) has been handed down to the present day by many famous practitioners.

    The “Ryukyu Kobudo Kenkyu Kai” was created by the eminent Kobudo master, Yabiku Moden (1878-1941) In 1955, to carry on the unfinished work of his Sensei, Yabiku’s devoted student, Taira Shinken, (1897-1970), established the “Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai, (Ancient Weapons Promotion and Preservation Society) Upon Taira’s untimely death in 1970, Akamine Eisuke (1925-1999), his senior student, assumed the leadership of the prestigious Weapons Association until his demise Jan.14th,1999.

    The Ryukyu Kobudo system, as we know it today, consists of 36 Kata, gathered and preserved by Taira Sensei. (Unfortunately, some of these kata were not maintained and are now lost.)

   Upon Akamine Sensei’s death, Tamayose Hidemi, (then) Hatchi Dan, in order to perpetuate Ryukyu Kobudo in the manner he was taught by Akamine Sensei, formed the Tesshinkan  Ryukyu Kobudo Association May 22, 1999. The Tesshinkan uses 23 of the main kata, employing Nunchaku, Tekko, Bo, Sai. Tunfa, Eku, Kama and Tinbe/Rochin as the primary weapons in it’s grading format.

RYUKYU KOBUDO HISTORY

By Don Shapland

YABIKU MODEN

(1882-1941)

Tamayose  Hidemi

AKAMINE EISUKE

(1925-1999)

SHINKEN TAIRA

(1897~1970)