Okinawa International Hokama Kobudo Organiztion
The Okinawa International Hokama Kobudo Organization is an organization with branches in several countries and which goal is to teach and promote traditional Okinawan Kobudo (Okinawan Weapon Arts) as taught by Hokama Tetsuhiro Hanshi (10th Dan). Hokama Tetsuhiro is known mainly for being the curator of the Okinawan Karate and
In order to promote and preserve the old ways of Kobudo, Hokama Hanshi created the Okinawa International Hokama Kobudo Organization as a separate organization from his International Kenshi-kai (Goju-Ryu) Organization.
We are honored to be the USA Headquarters for Hokama Hanshis Kobudo organization and we are under the direct guidance of Hokama Hanshi.
History of Kobudo
Okinawan Kobudo (also known as Ryukyu Kobu-jutsu, Koryu, or just as Kobudo) is a Japanese term that can be translated as Ancient Martial way of
The art was further developed within this new centralized Shuri warrior class (Pechin) of
The invasion of the Japanese Satsuma clan resulted in the repression and oppression of the indigenous Okinawan warrior classes and nobility (Aji). The Satsuma edict banning the use of weapons was no doubt aimed at avoiding the possibility of popular uprisings against a foreign invader. In turn, this repression caused the warriors of
Bo (Wooden Staff)
Tonfa (Millstone Handle)
Nunchaku, (Rice Flail, or Horse Bit and Bridle)
Kama (Farming Sickle)
Tekko (Metal Knuckles)
Tinbe-rochin (Small Turtle Back Shield and Short Spear)
Surujin (Common Chain)
Eku (Boat Oar)
Tanbo (Short Staff or Stick)
Kuwa (Farming Hoe)
Nunti (A Staff with a Sai placed on the end)
Sansetkun (Three Sectional staff)
As can be seen in the above list, it is clear that Okinawan warriors were choosing and developing weapons most similar to those they had previously used. For example, the Nunti replaced the halberd and the Bo the spear, etc... In time though, specific strategies would develop using the unique attributes of each of these weapons and something similar to the modern art of Ryukyu Kobujutsu was born.
But the invasion had a second important effect. The repression by the Satsumas caused the
A Note About Kobudo Styles or Systems
Unlike Modern Karate which clearly delineates between Naha Te, Shuri Te and Tomari Te based styles, modern Kobudo systems are largely compilations of different kata and techniques derived from various family lineages and geographic locations. Therefore, most Kobudo Kata bear the name of either a person who is believed to have originally developed the kata such as Sakagawa no Sai or Sai from a person called Sakugawa, or the name of the village where they came from such as Hama Higa no Tonfa or Tonfa from the village of Hama Higa.
Therefore, the most popular styles of Kobudo today are collections of these different Katas and traditions. The genius of the modern compilers was to introduce progressive training methods as well as the systematization of Kobudos pedagogy. Through their tireless efforts and now Hokama Hanshis these weapon arts have been preserved for future human generations.
The Curriculum of the
The curriculum of the Okinawa International Hokama Kobudo Organization contains all the classical Kobudo weapons used in Okinawa, but also many rarer forms of weapons not usually seen outside of