Hinode  Karate & Kobudo

North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Telephone: 604 - 340 - 3319 or email: info@hinodekarate.ca


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Ryukyu Kobudo Shinko Kai

Ryukyu Kobudo is the weapon art of Okinawa, employing different weapons, some make-shift and some real, for self-defense or self-protection.  Ryukyu Kobudo, along with Karate-do, had been taught side by side for centuries until shortly after the turn of the century.  At that time Ryukyu Kobudo's popularity began to wane; ironically due to the efforts of Okinawan Karate-do teachers' attempts at popularizing Karate-do on the Japanese mainland.

Although many of these Karate-do masters were familiar and proficient in Ryukyu Kobudo, most of them did not actively teach the art to their mainland Japanese students.  As a result, by the end of the second world war, Ryukyu Kobudo was largely fragmented and seemed on the verge of extinction.  However, through the efforts of several pioneering teachers, such as Matayoshi Shinko and Taira Shinken, interest in Ryukyu Kobudo was rekindled and the art began to thrive again both in Okinawa, mainland Japan, and later, around the world.

The first weapon of study is the bo (6' long staff), followed by the sai (3 prong metal truncheon) and various other hand held weapons.  Our curriculum includes 11 different weapons in all.   Although the dojo carries weapons to borrow initially, each student is expected to acquire their own weapon for training purposes.  E-mail or telephone the club if you need assistance in acquiring a weapon.

Grading Syllabus


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 Gichin Funakoshi with bo

Ryukyu Kobudo Shinko Kai, and it's Shotokan Roots

At the age of 25, Taira Shinken left his work and traveled to mainland Japan intent on studying Judo.  A chance meeting in Tokyo with Gichin Funakoshi, who was working toward popularizing Karate-do in mainland Japan, resulted in Taira Shinken entering Funakoshi's dojo as a live-in student in September of 1922.  He studied with Funakoshi Sensei for the next eight years, becoming his assistant instructor and one of Funakoshi's closest students.

Taira's interest in Budo did not stop at karate and in May of 1929, with Funakoshi Sensei's recommendation, Taira entered Yabiku Moden Sensei's dojo to study Ryukyu Kobudo.

Funakoshi Sensei was working for the promotion of Karate-do, as well as Ryukyu Kobudo on the Japanese mainland.  Both Yabiku Sensei and Funakoshi Sensei were quite well aquainted, having both received instruction in Shuri-te from Itosu Sensei on Okinawa.


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