The Society for the Preservation and Promotion of the Ancient Martial Arts of the Ryukyu Islands
This organization is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Ryukyu Kobujutsu, the ancient weapons arts of the Ryukyu Islands. It was established in 1955 by the late Okinawan Master Shinken Taira (1897-1970). It was preceded by the “Ryukyu Kobujutsu Kenkyu Kai” founded by Shinken Taira’s teacher, the late Moden Yabiku (1878-1941.)
The late Moden Yabiku was Yamani style and disciple immediately in line after Sanda Chinen (Yamani Nusume, 1840 -1922). Coincidentally, before study with Shinken Taira, Eisuke Akamine, the second president, studied under Chinen’s disciples Seichiro Higa (1890-1991), Raisuke Higa, Yohei Akamine (1904-1989), Jinsaburo Higa (1900-1981), and was initiated in Kakogawa no Kun, Shushi no Kun, Yonegawa no Kun, and Shirotaru no Kun Bo Kata.
Shinken Taira travelled to Tokyo in 1922, became a karate student of Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1958) and a student of Ryukyu Kobujutsu under Moden Yabiku in 1929. He established a Branch Dojo of Gichin Funakoshi’s Shotokan in Gunma Prefecture teaching Karate and Kobujutsu in 1933. He studied weapons under Okinawan Master Kenwa Mabuni (1889-1952) who was also living in Mainland Japan at the time. Taira Sensei returned home to Okinawa in 1942, where he stayed until the end of the Pacific war.
Shinken Taira started our association to preserve and teach the ancient weapon arts to prevent the further decline of Ryukyu Kobujutsu. Around the same time, senior karate practitioners were trying to establish Dojo amidst the poverty after the war.
He became the first president and worked earnestly for its development till his death. Eisuke Akamine (1 May 1925 – 13 Jan 1999), took Office as the second president. Hiroshi Akamine, son of Eisuke Akamine, was elected the third president to continue his father’s good work until 2011 when he branched out and started his own association. The current president is Sensei Yukio Kuniyoshi.
Kuniyoshi Sensei was the chief instructor in the Eisuke Akamine Dojo until the death of Akamine sensei and is presently practicing at the Kochinda Dojo.
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 Kobujutsu Kata have been preserved and passed on.