What Is Kobudo?

Taira Shinken: Father of Ryukyu Kobudo

What is Kobudo?



Strictly translated, the Japanese word kobudo covers all ancient martial traditions, armed or unarmed, of Okinawa or Japan. Today, when specifically referring to Okinawan traditions, the term kobudo is most often used to describe the weapons and traditions of the Ryukyu Islands.

These weapons include:

Founded by Taira Shinken (right), Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai is translated as “the organization for the preservation and promotion of the ancient martial traditions of the Ryukyu Islands”.

About Okinawa Kobudo

As the official website of Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai Beikoku So Honbu, rc.okinawakobudo.com is dedicated to continuing the work of Taira Shinken and Akamine Eisuke … the preservation and promotion of the ancient Ryukyuan fighting traditions.