Kobujutsu Programs offered at the
The offers two Kobujutsu training programs: Ryukyu Hokama Kobudo and Yamanni Chinen-Ryu Bujutsu.
The Ryukyu Hokama Kobujutsu system is taught as part of the KenShiKai Karatejutsu Kobujutsu Association curriculum. Upon achieving the rank of 6th Kyu Green Belt (first intermediate rank), Adults and Juniors begin Kobujutsu training.
The Yamanni Chinen-Ryu Bujutsu system is taught independently of the KenShiKai system and is available to students who have achieved the minimum rank of 3rd Kyu Brown Belt (1st advanced rank) in the KenShiKai system. All rank is issued by Shihan Kyoshi Nishime through the Ryukyu Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai (RBKD). Sensei Saiyid Hassan, Yondan, is Shihan McMains’ direct instructor and oversees the progression of Yamanni Chinen-Ryu in our dojo.
The is only one of six dojos in North America and the only dojo outside of the northeast US coast licensed to offer instruction and certification in the KenShiKai system and only one of two dojo in the Southeast US to offer instruction in Yamanni Chinen-Ryu Jujutsu.
Overview of Kobujutsu Implements Taught in Our Programs
The Rokushaku Bo 六尺棒 (6’ staff) (pronounced “kon” in Okinawa) is easily one of the world’s oldest tools and battle implement. A 5’ bo is used by our younger Jr. students.
The term Eiku (エークー katakana) actually refers to the local wood most commonly used to make Okinawan oars. Like the bo, the eiku was a common, everyday tool, specifically used by the Okinawan fisherman.
The Kama (sickle), like the bo and eiku, had its origins as a farming/work implement. The kama is one of the few Okinawan implements with a metal blade, as bladed weapons or the ownership of forgeable metals had been outlawed, except by nobility and the military.
There is much controversy over the origins of the Nunchaku (pair knotted/joined sticks): some say it was originally a Chinese weapon, others say it evolved from a threshing flail, while one theory purports that it was developed from a horse's bit. Nunchaku practice can include a single unit or in pairs.
Before it’s arrival in Okinawa, the Sai (hairpin) was already being used in other Asian countries including India, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. It may have been brought to Okinawa from one or several of these places simultaneously. The use of the sai gained its popularity through its use as a restraining device of Okinawan law enforcement in the late 19th century.
The Tonfa (tuifa – Okinawa) / 拐 ch (crutch / old man’s cane) is believed to have originated in either China or Southeast Asia where it is used in their respective fighting styles. A similar weapon called the mai sok san is used in Krabi-krabong, a weapons-based system from Thailand.
The Tanbo (baton) (yantok – Filipino) is traditionally taught using a single stick (~24”). Within our dojo, our trainings use 1 and 2 sticks. The drills practiced in our dojo are based on Shihan McMains’ many years of training in Modern Arnis (Escrima) under its founder, the late Prof. Remy Presas. There are no kata taught for the tanbo.
The Sansetsu Kon (3 Sectional Nunchaku) or sanchaku, consists of 3 pieces of wood ½ the length of the usual nunchaku (~6”) and joined together by cord. The smaller size allows the sansetsu kon to be hidden in clothing or a bag. Like the full-size nunchaku, sansetsu kon can be practiced using a single unit or in pairs.