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"Ryu Kyu Kobudo" The original Kobudo of Okinawa

Kobudo is the art of using ancient farming and fishing implements as weapons. The peaceful Okinawan people were forced to use these in defending themselves aginst Pirates and the invading Japanese.

Kyoshi Bill Woodard joined the Tesshinkan in 1999
Hanshi Tamayose's first USA student

Kyoshi Bill Woodard & Hanshi Hidemi Tamayose
Kyoshi Woodard joined the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan August 1999

Kyoshi Woodard with Kyoshi Takamiagi
Bo vs. Bo Kumite in Okinawa City Dojo

Kyoshi Woodard brings Masters from Japan and Okinawa to train with his students at the Ocala Karate Dojo. Here Hanshi Tamayose President of the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan presents Kyoshi Woodard with Nidan Certificate at the Ocala Karate Dojo

Hanshi Tamayose and Kyoshi Woodard
Kyoshi Woodard receives Kobudo certification at the Ocala Karate Dojo

Kyoshi Woodard with Nick on steps of Shuri Castle
Kyoshi and Nick Sai vs. Bo
Okinawa, Japan


Tiara Shinken father of Ryu Kyu Kobudo
Instructor to Soke Shogo Kuniba & Hanshi Eisuke Akamine

Taira Shinken called "The Father of Modern Kobudo" was born Maezato Shinken on June 12th, 1897 on the island of Kumejima (Kume Island) off of Japan. Tradition has it that Master Shinken was introduced to kobudo by his grandfather Kanegawa Gimu (1862-1921) . 
 During Master Shinken's studies with Master Funakoshi they traveled extensively in the Kanto area promoting and demonstrating karate at several universities. In constant desire to learn more Taira Shinken asked Master Funakoshi to introduce him to a friend and colleague of Master Funakoshi's  that he met in Osaka years earlier, named Master Kenwa Mabuni(founder of Shito Ryu Karate Do). . As a result of this help from Master Funakoshi young Master Shinken did become a student of Master Mabuni ,who was the first person to introduce Kobudo to the mainland of Japan. Many of Master Mabuni's students also later supported Master Shinken. Such as Sakagami Ryusho, Master Mabuni's Son, Kunishi Yasuhiro, Kuniba Shogo (Soke Kozo's father), and Hayashi Teruo, as well as both Eizo and Tatsuo Shimabuku. It was these men that were responsible for the spread of Master Shinken's Kobudo throughout the world.

Soke Shogo Kuniba
Father to Soke Kozo Kuniba

The Late Shogo Kuniba was a direct student of Tiara Shinken (modern day founder of Kobudo), and one of the original Japanese Shihan under the Hozon Shin Ko Kai. Kyoshi Woodard began his Ryu Kyu Kobudo training in this system. Later known as Ryu Kyu Kobudo Kuniba Ha, also known as Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tiara Ha.
 The Kuniba family linage can be traced back as direct decendents of the first family of royalty of Okinawa with the Okinawan pronunciation of Kuniba as Kokuba.

Eisuke Akamine
Hozon Shin Ko Kai

Eisuke Akamine was the direct successor to the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Hozon Shin Ko Kai system of Tiara Shinken (modern day founder of Kobudo). This is the first complete Kobudo Systems to ever be developed. Comprising of weapons such as: Bo (staff), Nunchaku (flail), Tekko (knuckle duster), Sai (trencheon), Tonfa (grinding handle), Eku (boat oar), Kama (sicle).
He was the instructor of  Hanshi Hidemi Tamayose. 



Tamayose Hidemi Sensei

Hidemi Tamayose "Kaicho"   President of the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan in Okinawa was a direct student of Akamine Sensei. Upon the death of Akamine Sensei, Hanshi Tamayose  formed the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan to preserve the system taught to him by his long time instructor. Tamayose Sensei now serves as the instructor to Kyoshi Bill Woodard and certifies his students Kobudo in Okinawa.

Kyoshi Bill Woodard with Hanshi Hidemi Tamayose

in Ozato, Okinawa Budokan

Kyoshi Woodard with Hanshi Tamayose in the Ozato, Okinawa Dojo. Kyoshi Woodard became a member of the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan shortly after it was formed in May 1999. He was promoted to Nidan in this system by Hanshi Tamayose in 2002.

Soke Kozo Kuniba from Japan presents
Kyoshi Bill Woodard with Rokudan and Shihan licenses in Kobudo

Kyoshi Bill Woodard receives his 6th Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Ryu Kyu Kobudo and the title of  Shihan issued by Soke Kozo Kuniba of the Kuniba Kai after testing 2/08/09 at the Ocala Karate Dojo in front of members from as far away as Virginia. He received his 5th Degree Black Belt in this system in 1991.
   He also holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan issued by Hanshi Hidemi Tamayose. Kyoshi Woodard became a member of the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Hozon Shin Ko Kai in 1997, and the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan in August of 1999 shortly after it was formed to help preserve these ancient arts.
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 Mugai Ryu Iaido:
The art of Drawing and Cutting with the Samurai Sword.
The Dojo also offers the rare art of Mugai Ryu Iaido. We offer the finest hand made swords.
All Students in this class begin with the Boken (wooden sword) then move on to the Katana.
Kyoshi Woodard's Students have won many competition with the sword including Gold Medals at the AAU State Championships.

Kyoshi Woodard Performs