KOBUDO is the weaponry extension of KARATE (Empty Hand) and thus shares the same history.
In the 17th century, the Satsuma clan / Japan annexed Okinawa and outlawed normal military weapons.
Therefore the populace learned to use everyday tools and farming implements as weapons for defense against the Samurai.
The most common implements include:
– Bo (staff)
– Sai (trident / policeman weapon or planting tool)
– Tonfa (rice grinder handle)
– Kama (rice cutter)
– Nunchaku (horse bridal)
– Kuwa (garden hoe)
– Eku (boat oar)
The literal translation of “KOBUDO” is “Way to stop war”
KO – Stop
BU – War/Conflict
DO – Way/path
The Matayoshi Kobudo system was formed by the work of two remarkable instructors, father and son who dedicated their lives to leave us the legacy of their style. Through their system they influenced many other Kobudo schools, which are practiced today.
The Matayoshi Logo is based on the flower of Kiku or Chrysanthemum, which represents the Japanese Imperial Crest. Matayoshi Sensei is the only Okinawan martial artist honoured by the Emperor of Japan to use the Imperial Flower as a symbol of his organization. The inside of the logo contains the symbol Mitsu Domoe that represents the Imperial Okinawan Sho dynasty crest.
With this, the Matayoshi Kobudo logo represents the blend of the Japanese and Okinawan cultures.
The gi worn for Kobudo training is the characteristic black jacket with white pants.
It represents the balance in nature illustrated in the eastern cultures as the Ying and Yang; the opposite forces in life.
Bo | Sai | Tonfa