Category Archives: Matayoshi Kobudo

Fourth Installation on Ufutun Bō

The following info is found in literature: Ufutun no Bō (aka Mēkata no Bō) In today’s Yaese Town Ufutun (the former Gushichan Ufutun). When and where performed: During Abushibarē in the 4th month of the old lunar calendar. This bōjutsu … Continue reading

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Follow-up on Ufutun Bō

Previously I wrote about Ufutun Bō. As is often the case, there were no tangible answers or new informations shared by even the most authorative persons. In Okinawan martial arts, there are official narratives and these are strictly to be … Continue reading

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Shitsuden and Shinden

The term shitsuden 失伝 means disruption; interruption; non-continuation; to fall into desuetude; the loss of a tradition, a practice, a custom, etc. It can mean the loss of a full tradition, such as a complete school or style (ryūha), or … Continue reading

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Matayoshi Kobudō – Genealogy 1999

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Matayoshi Kobudō – Teaching and Examination Subjects (Original 1972; revised 1977; revised 1984)

All-Okinawa Kobudō Federation (Incorporated Body) – Teaching and Examination Subjects Revised on February 19, 1984 3rd Kyū Examination Subjects (teaching subjects for those without kyū grade) Qualification of candidacy for examination: Those who have been training for not less than … Continue reading

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Matayoshi Kobudō official handout, 1990s

All-Okinawa Kobudō Federation (Incorporated Body), General Headquarters: Kōdōkan. The favorite motto of the Kōdōkan To hone your martial arts, first hone your heart If your heart isn’t right, your martial arts isn’t right either To hone the heart is the … Continue reading

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Kingai-ryū Karate Okinawa Kobujutsu (Info translated from the Nihon Kobudō Kyōkai, 2022)

Origin Our family started with the first head of the clan Shinbu and has continued for generations throughout the Royal Dynasty of Ryukyu, with the Ma Clan as the extended patrilineal kinship group ([including families] such as Gima, Ishimine, Tawada, … Continue reading

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Kingai-ryū Karate Okinawa Kobujutsu (Info translated from the Nihon Kobudō Kyōkai, 2012)

Origin Beginning with the first generation Shinbu of our school, we served as military officers of the Royal Dynasty of Ryūkyū until the end of the Tokugawa shogunate, serving as the official instructors in the art of war and the … Continue reading

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What is Ufutun Bō?

Obviously there are two names used, namely Ufutun Bō, which seems to be the current official designation, and Ufutun no Kon. How Ufutun was introduced to the Matayoshi Kobudō collection was described as follows in 1999. Ufutun no Kon This … Continue reading

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The History and Contents of Matayoshi Kobudo as of 1999

Grandfather Shinkō was born on May 18, 1888, in Kakinohana Town, Naha City as the third son of great-grandfather, Shinchin. Raised in Senbaru, Chatan Village, he learned kenpō (empty-handed martial arts) and bukijutsu (martial arts with weaponry) handed down as … Continue reading

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