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4 - 6 year olds
Okinawan Martial Arts Club
Okinawan Kobudo means "the old martial way of Okinawa", referring to the classical weapons systems of Okinawa.
Matayoshi Kobudo is the Okinawan weapons system taught by the Matayoshi family, based in Naha - Okinawa, Japan.
Matayoshi Shinko was asked to demonstrate Kobudo for the Japanese Emperor, and he was so impressed by his perfermance that he awarded the Matayoshi Family the Royal emblem to wear as their kobudo logo. His son, Shinpo Matayoshi, later started a dojo in the memory of his father and called it the "Kodokan", and began to teach a variety of traditional weapons associated with Okinawan peasants such as the oar, hoe, and sickles.
Richard Bennett teaches the Matayoshi Kobudo classes at the Bennetts Karate dojo. Bennetts Karate is associated to the Boulder Kodokan dojo in Boulder, Colorado run by Sensei Paul Ghering and his wife Sensei Barbara Ghering. Even though there are classes conducted at the Bennetts Karate dojo, all testing and memberships are through the Boulder Kodokan. The Boulder Kodokan is the only dojo in the Rocky Mountain states that is affiliated with the Matayoshi Kobudo Shinbukai headquarters in Naha, Okinawa and is among only a handful of dojos in the United States affiliated with the Matayoshi Kobudo Shinbukai dojo.
This Picture includes:
Sensei Richard Bennett, Sensei Paul Ghering, Sensei Barbara Ghering, Soke Matayoshi, Sensei Itokazu Seisho
Matayoshi Kobudo Shinbukai is an association created by Itokazu Seisho, and is based in Naha - Okinawa, Japan. Itokazu Seisho was the chief instructor of the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan dojo for 10 years after the death of Shinpo Matayoshi. The character "Shin" represents the characters for both Shinko and Shinpo Matayoshi, while the "Bu" for Budo. Itokazu Seisho is currently a 9th degree black belt in Matayoshi Kobudo as the president of the Shinbukai, and a 9th degree black belt in Uechi Ryu as the president of the Konan Ryu lineage created by his father - Itokazu Seiki.
Richard Bennett travels frequently to Naha, Okinawa to train with Sensei Itokazu, and helps him with various seminars around the United States and Japan. Richard Bennett currently holds a 2nd degree black belt in the Matayoshi Kobudo system and has been training in Matayoshi Kobudo for 10 years.
9th Dan Uechi Ryu (Konan Ryu)- Hanshi
9th Dan Matayoshi Kobudo - Hanshi
Picture by Chris Willson Photography
Itokaszu Seisho, as seen in Classical Fighting Arts Magazine
Raymundo Veliz, Sensei Itokazu, Richard Bennett
3rd World Traditional Karate and Kobudo Seminars 2015