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


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, Matayoshi, Toguchi, Dana, and Matsumura). Trade with the Ming and Qing dynasties increased the number of opportunities for mutual visits, giving rise to cultural exchanges between the continental culture and Ryūkyū. Among them, the trade of the middle of the Qing dynasty saw a rapid development of unarmed martial arts (kenpō), and Ryūkyū Kingai-ryū was formed based on Southern-style Shaolin Kenpō.

In addition, weapon methods from the era of the royal dynasty of Ryukyu, such as ““staff (kon), stick (tsue / jō), sickle (kama), paddle (kai), hoe (kuwa), metal truncheon (sai), moon sickle (tsukigama), 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” were completed by combining ancient Japanese martial arts (bugei) and techniques introduced from China.

These martial arts were practiced from the end of the royal dynasty to the middle of the Meiji period by Matayoshi Chikudun Pēchin Shintoku (born 1786) and his son Matayoshi Pēchin Shinchin (born 1844) worked to preserve the techniques and weapons, and Shinchin’s son, grandfather Shinkō, and father Shinpō, committed themselves to spread and develop them.


The style-founder and first head of the clan Shinbu (Ōshiro Aji) – thereafter eight generations omitted, then – Shindai (received Matayoshi in Urasoe District as a fief-in-name-only) – Shin’ei – Shinjun – Shinō – Shintoku – Shinchin – Shinkō – Shinpō – Yasushi.

Characteristics of the style

Okinawa has culture, arts, and martial arts that 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, and Kingai-ryū Karate and Okinawan Kobujutsu are bujutsu left behind by the relatives within the extended patrilineal kinship group (monchū) of the Ma Clan at its center.

In particular, as warriors from the end of the Edo period there was Ishimine Shinchi (commonly known as Tunjumui, born 1812) of the Ma Clan from [Shuri Torikohori] and Tawada Shinboku (commonly known as Mēgantū, born 1814) of the Ma Clan, who were the leading disciples of Matsumura Sōkon. In addition, the staff fencing method (konpō) of Soeishi Uēkata Ryōkō, which was handed down only to the eldest son of the royal family of Ryūkyū and the Soeishi family, was inherited by Matayoshi Shinkō and has been handed down to the present. Our school inherited the bujutsu from the era of the Ryūkyū royal dynasty left behind by our extended patrilineal kinship group (monchū).

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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