The practice of the ancient art of Okinawa weaponry.
Ryukyu Kobudo is the practice of the ancient art of Okinawa weaponry. This dates back to 1609, when the Satsuma Clan invaded the Ryukyu Kingdom and subsequently banned the use of weaponry. This action forced the Okinawan people to develop their own form of weapons, from practical utensils, as well as develop a strong, effective art of Kobudo.
We practice an ancient art of traditional Okinawan weapons called Ryukyu Kobudo, this organisation is under the leadership of Sensei Hiroshi Akemien (9th Dan) from Okinawa, he is the president of the Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan.
We are affiliated to the Western Cape Ryukyu Kobudo Shibu, under the leadership of Sensei Jannie le Grange (5th Dan)
Sensei Adrian and Natalie run the Port Elizabeth Dokokai, we are currently graded 2nd Dan in Ryukyu Kobudo and have a small group of students which we have selected to teach this art of weaponary to. We believe that students must be of a mature nature before they embark on this journey as training with weapons can be very dangerous if you play the fool!
We normally allow students, with a karate grade of green belt, to start training weapons, provided they are mature enough to handle the weapon, a student of any karate style are able to train Ryukyu Kobudo, as this form of weapons is taught separately from the art of karate and is graded completely separately from that of karate, all students must start at white belt.
Our March 2021 Kobudo Black Belts
Sensei Adrian and Natalie training in Okinawa with Hiroshi Akemien Sensei – July 2019
Sensei Adrian and Natalie in Okinawa July 2019-with Sensei Jannie le Grange and their students from the Port Elizabeth Dokokai-Ernst Fern and Henk Barnard