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


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 military arts (heihō bujutsu shinan-yaku). From around the middle of the Qing Dynasty, trade flourished mainly in the Fuzhou region of China, and opportunities for mutual visits and trade increased, creating cultural exchanges between the continental culture and Ryūkyū.

In addition, during the end of the Edo period and the Meiji period, Shintoku and Shinchin made efforts to preserve the techniques and weapons, while grandfather Shinkō and father Shinpō worked to popularize and develop the weapon techniques from the era of the Royal Dynasty of Ryūkyū, such as “staff (kon), stick (tsue / jō), sickle (kama), paddle (kai), hoe (kuwa), metal truncheon (sai), moon sickle (tsukigama *1), long sickle (naga-gama), nunti, double-segmented staff (nunchaku), three-segmented staff (sanchakukon), four-segmented staff (shichakukon), flail (kuruman-bō), weighted chain (ryūsei / suruchin), iron backhand (tekkō), iron pole (tecchū), throwing weapons (shuriken), shield (tinbē), and tonfa.”

*1 Note by the translator: Tsukigama are rather atypical in form and are said to incorporate construction details of the nagikama, which in turn evolved from the ancient hand pike called tehoko. The tuskigama was not used as a spear or for stabbing, but as a tool to strike, hook, and knock down the opponent.


The style-founder and first head of the clan Shinbu – thereafter seven generations omitted, then – Shindai – Shin’ei – Shinjun – Shinō – Shintoku – Shinchin – Shinkō – Shinpō – Yasushi.

Characteristics of style

Okinawa’s culture, arts, and martial arts are unparalleled in the world. Budō / bujutsu are the techniques of fighting that have been trained and developed [in the interval] between life and death. In particular, as history shows, Kingai-ryū Karate and Okinawan Kobujutsu are unarmed martial arts devised to defend one’s life or livelihood, or otherwise an empty-handed means devised to protect life, as well as characteristic agricultural equipment from around us, tools, fishing gear, and things such as stones, or parts of plants, etc.

Books or scrolls that have been handed down

  • – portrait of Guāngmíng Dà Yuán Shī (heaven (ten) scroll and earth (chi) scroll)
  • – portrait of White Crane wizard teacher
  • Wubei Zhi
  • – Iron man image person illustration
  • – Various types of weapons

Status of activities

Japanese Kobudō Martial Demonstration Meet (Nihon Kobudō Kyōkai), All Japan Martial Arts Festival (Kyōto Butokuden), Japan Kobudō Meet (Asakusa, Tōkyō), Summer Kobudō Seminars with participants outside the prefecture and abroad. Naha City Karatedō Kobudō Demonstration Meet, Okinawa Prefectural Athletic Meet, Meiji Jingu Dedicated Demonstration Tournament (Nihon Kobudō Shinkokai), etc. Dispatch instructors to spread Karate and Kobudō outside the prefecture and overseas.


  • Menkyo Kaiden: Hayasaka Yoshifumi
  • Instructors: Ogidō Hiroko, Ōmura Tomohiro, and others
  • Number of disciples: 900 registered students. Many under the umbrella.

Practice places and branch offices

Practice days vary by branch and dōjō.

  • – Domestic Branches: 3 dōjō in Okinawa Prefecture, 1 Hokkaidō Branch, 2 Tōhoku Branches, 2 Kantō Branches, 2 Kansai Branches, 3 Shikoku Branches
  • – Overseas branches: 3 branches in the United States, 2 branches in South America, 1 branch in North America, 3 branches in Asia, 6 branches in Europe, 1 branch in Australia. Many other individual members

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