The Legacy of Kobudo is a Living Destiny – Dojo Visit 3

Bunbukan, General Headquarters of the Okinawa Traditional Kobudo Preservation Society, Mr. Masahiro Nakamoto (Holder of Intangible Cultural Asset of Okinawa Prefecture)

Kobudo is my life. I’ve been chasing it my whole life, but there is no end to my study. Nakamoto Masahiro, 79, the only person in Kobudo who has been designated as an intangible cultural asset, wakes up at 3 a.m. every morning and devotes himself to studying and practicing the use of eight different weapons, including the bo and nunchaku. Fifty-five years have passed since he decided to carry on the tradition of Kobudo, which was on the verge of extinction, and at the age of 24, he knocked on the door of master Taira Shinken. He teaches the techniques and spirit he has developed at the Okinawa Traditional Martial Arts Preservation Society’s general headquarters, ‘Bunbukan‘ in Shuri, Torihori-cho, Naha City. (more…)

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Taira Shinken’s Dysfunctional Family

Taira Shinken (1898 - 1970)
Taira Shinken (1898 – 1970)

At one time in the history of the Ryukyu Kobudo Preservation and Promotion Society (Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokan or RKHSK), the students of Taira Shinken, including Akamine, Inoue, Minowa, Nakamoto, Kinjo, and Nagaishi, all worked together to perpetuate their teacher’s legacy. Yet within a decade after Taira’s death, each student went his separate way.

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