Yuishinkai Kobujutsu is a traditional Japanese martial art based primarily on the martial arts of the Ryukyu Islands. It includes the study of empty-hand techniques, escapes, locks, takedowns and classical weapons*, along with many of the kata of Naha, Shuri, and Tomari. Though Yuishinkai Kobujutsu is an efficient and effective form of self-defense it is not an aggressive system. The key principles of rei (respect), zanshin (awareness), ma-ai (distancing), taisabaki (body movement), kamae (posture), kime (power), and kokoro (mind spirit) are stressed throughout training.
This style is based on Motokatsu (Gansho) Inoue's lifetime commitment to the study of bujutsu. He was born in 1918 into a family of nobility that provided opportunity and support for in-depth study of a variety of martial arts. Seiko Fujita, (14th headmaster of the Koga Ninja Ryu), was appointed as a personal mentor and began to train Inoue at the age of ten. In the course of his martial arts education he also learned from Yasuhiro Konishi, Shinken Taira, and Gozo Shioda.
The word Yuishinkai, which is the name Fujita gave to Inoue’s own unique blend of styles, is derived from the kanji for: Yui- earnestly, sincerely; Shin- heart, mind, spirit; Kai- association.
Motokatsu (Gansho) Inoue died in 1993. Hanshi Kisho Inoue is the current president of Yuishinkai and Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai.
“The ultimate aim of the martial arts is to avoid conflict and to prepare the warrior for emotional, mental and physical survival in times of unavoidable conflict. The ongoing pursuit of these martial art goals will enhance the attributes of self-development, mental discipline and good health. As scholar warriors, we should continue to strive through dedicated training to become foremost warriors, whose prime qualities should be humility, compassion, tolerance, honesty, courage and perseverance.”
-Sensei Colman Fink (my instructor)
*Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Kama, Tekko, Tinbe and Surujin
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