Matayoshi Kobudo

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Matayoshi Kobudo is a style of Okinawan Kobudo that has been practiced by the Matayoshi family for over 9 generations. The honbu dojo for Matayoshi Kobudo is the Kodokan and can be found in Naha, Okinawa. The current Kancho (Chief Instructor) is [[Itokazu Seisho]Sensei].

In the early 20th century Matayoshi Shinko was asked to demonstrate Kobudo to the Japanese Emperor. He did this twice alongside the likes of Chojun Miyagi and Gichin Funakoshi. The Emperor was so impressed that he awarded the Matayoshi Family the Royal emblem (Kiku Flower) to wear on their Kobudo logo.

Matayoshi Kobudo is the oldest kobudo style in existence and has great influence and respect around the world. Members of the Kodokan and affiliated dojos can now be found in every continent.

The Honbu Dojo and the Matayoshi Family Home is the Kodokan in Naha Okinawa and the senior instructor is Itokazu Seisho. Matayoshi Yasushi is the spiritual head of Matayoshi Kobudo as appointed by his father.

Sokeship lineage:

Some former students of Master Matayoshi have now set up their own organizations:

http://www.okdr.org/