Why the 100 Kobudo Kata Challenge 2020 is unique.

The annual worldwide 100 Kobudo Kata event has been an opportunity for kobudo practitioners around the globe to come together as a community, celebrate the art we practice and share our stories of students and mentorships. We value your ongoing participation and thank you for your sincere efforts and support.

On October 31, 2019 a fire engulfed Shuri Castle here in our home of Okinawa.

Shurijo Castle symbolizes the history and culture of Okinawa, and its history is that of the Ryukyu Kingdom itself. While the loss is tragic the government has pledged to rebuild the iconic site and the contributions from the local and global community have been exceptional.

Meeting with our local design team on the 100 Kobudo Kata 2020 t-shirts

This year our event will be held in the town of Shuri. Our 2020 t-shirts will feature a stylized map of the immediate area highlighting some of the local businesses around the castle site.

In the coming weeks we will be featuring prof...

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Yuimaru Hakken Seminar 2019 – Training With Yagi Isao Sensei

DOJO Okinawa's Yuimaru Hakken Seminar features three intensive training days with three different sensei. In 2019 the second segment of training for our attendees was in Nanjo with Yagi Isao sensei, 9th dan Motobu-ryu Ryukyu Bujutsu Moudi.

Motobu-ryū is one of the oldest Okinawan arts, once referred to as ushu-ganashi-mē no bugei, or "his majesty's martial art.".
Very different than karate-do as we know it, with none of the stops and starts that characterize karate kata and practice.

There is no uke, defense and attack are simultaneous and happen through evasive irimi movement.

Much of the training involved kawashi waza - moving off the line of attack and in practice would have a strike or multiple strikes simultaneously. Stances are high and narrow, almost exclusively on the balls of the feet. A dojo rule is to remain on the balls of one's feet the entire time on the dojo floor, even when inactive and listening to instruction.