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"Karate and Kobujutsu are like two sides of the same coin."

What is Ryukyu Kobujutsu?

Every Tuesday:
9:00pm to 10:00pm

+ Sundays Seminars frequent throughout the year.

Ryukyu Kobujutsu refers specifically to the system of combat with weapons developed in Okinawan and then mainland Japan.


A total of 42 weapons kata with complete bunkai were authenticed by Shinken Taira often regarded as the Father of Kobujutsu. These kata were further developed and linked systematically together by Motokatsu Inoue, Hanshi. The system uses 8 classes of weapons: 

  • The Bo (a 6ft Staff) also known as Kon, Roku shaku bo, Eiku (the Oar)

  • Sai (a two pronged truncheon)

  • Tonfa (Baton with a side handle)

  • Nunchaku (a flail weapon)

  • Kama (Sickles)

  • Tekko (knuckle dusters)

  • Timbe and Rochin (Shield and single handed weapon)

  • Surichin (weighted rope)

You need no previous experience to study Kobujutsu and we are always happy to except new students. Kobujutsu is often studied as a supplementary art to go with another martial art, however this is by no means necessary and it is a rich and dynamic martial art in its own right, with excellent benefits for both complete beginners and experienced students from any art.


We are members of the RKAGB (Ryukyu Kobujutsu association of Great Britain) whose chief instructor is Julian Mead, Shihan following his years of study in Japan under Motokatsu Inoue, Hanshi. The RKAGB which is the UK Branch of Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai headed up in Japan under Kaicho Kisho Inoue. Through the RKAGB we offer a seperate grading system and many courses throughout the year for Kobujutsu so pupils can progress no matter their circumstances. For more information please contact us, we will be more than happy to hear from you.

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