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Ryukyu Kobudo

Kobujutsu means (ancient warrior arts) and is the ancient art of weapons used for defense of oneself or family. Originated on the Ryukyu Islands of Japan using mainly wooden derived weapons,  but there are metal weapons that were used by the Bushi (warrior) class and lower level law enforcement (Shikusaji) of the times. Kobudo is practiced as a separate art form in some schools, however weapons and empty handed techniques are inseparable as they are both integral parts of karate and it is practiced as the movements of one compliment the other. The two primary styles of bojutsu are the Yamane Ryu (Aristocratic), Matsumura   and Matayoshi (Farmer) styles. Portions of Matsusoden Kobukan Kobujutsu is based in Yamane, Kochinda, Uhugushuku and Matsumura Ryu stlye concepts and principles of wielding and employing these ancient martial  art forms of self defense.

Ryukyu Kobujutsu is comprised of a collection of various weapons from indigenous and foreign influences made from metal and wood. Each weapon individually is its own art. The weapons forms taught by Matsusoden include:


Rokushaku Bo (6 foot staff)

Jo (4 foot staff)

Hanbo (3 foot staff)

Tanbo (2 foot short stick)

Nunchaku (2 foot sectional staff)

Tiji kun bo (Chizikunbo / 6 inch palm stick)

Yawara (short stick)

Tonfa (Wooden Handle)

Eku (Boat Oar)

Nunti Bo (Bo with Affixed Manji Sai)

Manji Sai

Suburi Tanbo (Wooden Sword)

Sai (Three Prong Truncheon)

Nunti (Manji) Sai

Kama (Hand Sickle)

Tettchu ( Knuckle duster)

Wakinagare Cane


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Matsusoden Kobukan is an affiliated member with the Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozan Budo Kyokai  

under Hanshi Peter Carbone at

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