Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons)
The Okinawan Ryukyu Ryu Kon Kai Association has devoted itself to the practice and training of various martial arts; Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Nunchaku, Kama and Eku, because the association regards Kobudo as a traditional Budo just like Karate.
Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo stresses the importance of the skill of perfect self defence and the power to kill the opponent with a single blow and urges it’s members to master them through the hard training of one Kata after another.
At the same time, the association emphasises the importance of acquiring the mental and spiritual power – the sense of life and death – through their training. The beauty of Kata and Budo is developed into the higher level of beauty and power only through stability and smooth movement of the lower part of the body. The Katas of Karate and Kobudo are inevitably essential to Budo from the historical point of view.
Up until 40 years ago, each master learned only one kata and took it to a country and taught it there. Those masters were quiet old and because they were dispersed around the island, it was quite difficult to collect the Katas of the masters. The Katas were, however, finally collected and the collection of the Katas became the foundation of the Ryu Kon Kai.
Ryu Kon Kai was first brought to Australia by Sensei Robert Slywa in 2003 after being personally trained by Grand Master Iha Kotaro 10th Dan Hanshi, founder of Okinawa Ryukyu Ryu Kon Kai.
Students who train Ryu Kon Kai at Bujutsu Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, are lucky enough to train a traditional and legitimate system of weapons exactly like it is taught in Okinawa.
Sensei Mark trains in Okinawa each year and is proud to uphold the Okinawan traditions in his teachings.
Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo Dan grades are registered in Okinawa and are internationally recognised.
Ryu Kon Kai Kata
Shushi No Kon
Choun No Kon
Sakugawa No Kon
Chiken No Kon
Shirotaro No Kon
Kei Bo Jitsu
Ishikagwa No Sai
Toma No Tuifa
Ishikagwa No Kama
Sansetsu Kun Jutsu
Chiken No Eku
Nicho Sai Kitea
Choun No Kun Bunkai
8thKyu – Yellow Belt
Bo:Fukyu Kata Nunchaku:Fukyu Nunchaku
7thKyu – Yellow Belt
Bo:Fukyu Kata, Sushi No Kun Nunchaku:Fukyu Nunchaku
6thKyu – Green Belt
Bo:Fukyu Kata, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun Nunchaku:Fukyu Nunchaku
5thKyu – Green Belt
Bo:Fukyu Kata, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun Nunchaku:Fukyu Nunchaku, Nunchaku Jutsu Sai:Nicho Sai
4thKyu – Green Belt
Bo:Fukyu Kata, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun, Dai Ni Kihon Nunchaku:Fukyu Nunchaku, Nunchaku Jutsu Sai:Nicho Sai
3rdKyu – Brown Belt
Bo:Fukyu Kata, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun, Dai Ni Kihon, Choun No Kun Bunkai Nunchaku:Fukyu Nunchaku, Nunchaku Jutsu Sai:Nicho Sai
2ndKyu Brown Belt
Bo:Fukyu Kata, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun, Dai Ni Kihon, Choun No Kun Bunkai, Sakugawa No Kun, Kumi Bo Nunchaku:Fukyu Nunchaku, Nunchaku Jutsu Sai:Nicho Sai, Nicho Sai Kitae Tuifa: Tuifa Jutsu
1stKyu Brown Belt
Same as 2nd Kyu. But better understanding and execution.
Shodan – First Degree Black Belt
Plus: Kei Bo:Kei Bo Jutsu
Nidan – Second Degree Black Belt
Plus: Sai:Ischichawgwa NoSai
Sandan – Third Degree Black Belt
Plus: Bo:Chiken No Kun Tuifa:Toma No Tuifa Tekko:Tekko Jutsu
Yondan – Fourth Degree Black Belt
Plus: Eku:Chiken no eku
Godan – Fifth Degree Black Belt
Plus: Kama: Ishichagwa No Kama