Ryu Kon Kai Karate and Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons)

The Okinawan Ryukyu Ryu Kon Kai Association has devoted itself to the practice and training of various martial arts weapons such as: Bo, Sai, Tonfa, Tekko, Nunchaku, Kama and Eku, because the association regards Kobudo as a traditional Budo just like Karate.

RyuKonKai Karate and 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 RyuKonKai.

RyuKonKai 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 karate and kobudo exactly like it is taught in Okinawa.

Sensei Mark travels to Okinawa two times a year where he trains with Grand Master Kotaro Iha and Master Mitsutada Iha. Sensei Mark is proud to uphold the Okinawan traditions in his teachings. He is also very proud of the fact that all of his Ryu Kon Kai grades have been awarded in Okinawa.

Sensei Mark regularly takes students with him to Okinawa (the birth place of karate and kobudo). His students really enjoy these trips and the experience of training karate and kobudo in Okinawa.

RyuKonKai Dan grades are registered in Okinawa and are internationally recognised.

Iha Sensei’s Motto (Creed, favorite saying):

“You should not love to fight, but not, even for a moment, forget to prepare for fighting.”
– (Miyamoto Musashi, Go rin no Sho , The Book of Five Rings).

Motto of Dojo

1. Be civil, courteous, disciplined and well behaved.
2. Aim to train your mental and spiritual power as well as  your physical power.
Endurance is the key to success.
3. Respect your seniors and love your juniors. Regard every member of Dojo as
brothers and sisters and treat them as such.
4.  Try to master the most efficient skill of self-defence by preparing for any emergency.

Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo Kata

Fukyu Bo

Shushi No Kon
Choun No Kon
Sakugawa No Kon
Chiken No Kon
Kei Bo Jitsu

Nicho Sai
Ishikagwa No Sai

Tuifa Jitsu
Toma No Tuifa

Ishikagwa No Kama

Fukyu Nunchaku
Nunchaku Jutsu

Tekko Jitsu

Sansetsu Kun Jutsu

Chiken No Eku

Partner Drills

Dani Kihon

Kumi Bo

Nicho Sai Kitea

Choun No Kun Bunkai

Ryu Kon Kai Karate Kata

Fukyugata Ichi

Fuykyugata Ni

Fukyugata San

Naihanchi Shodan

Naihanchi Nidan

Pinan Shodan

Pinan Nidan

Pinan Sandan

Pinan Yondan

Pinan Godan


8thKyu – Yellow Belt

Bo: Fukyugata Bo          Nunchaku: Fukyugata Nunchaku

7thKyu – Yellow Belt

Bo: Fukyugata Bo, Sushi No Kun      Nunchaku: Fukyugata Nunchaku

6thKyu – Green Belt

Bo: Fukyugata Bo, Sushi No Kun      Nunchaku: Fukyugata Nunchaku

5thKyu – Green Belt

Bo: Fukyugata Bo, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun      Nunchaku: Fukyugata Nunchaku   Sai:Nicho Sai

4thKyu – Green Belt

Bo: Fukyugata Bo, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun, Dai Ni Kihon      Nunchaku: Fukyugata Nunchaku, Nunchaku Jutsu   Sai:Nicho Sai

3rdKyu – Brown Belt

Bo: Fukyugata Bo, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun, Dai Ni Kihon, Choun No Kun Bunkai Naka    Nunchaku: Fukyugata Nunchaku, Nunchaku Jutsu   Sai: Nicho Sai and Kitae/conditioning

2ndKyu Brown Belt

Bo: Fukyugata Bo, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun, Dai Ni Kihon, Choun No Kun Bunkai Naka, Sakugawa No Kun, Kumi Bo      Nunchaku: Fukyugata Nunchaku, Nunchaku Jutsu   Sai: Nicho Sai and Kitae/conditioning   Tuifa: Tuifa Jutsu  Kei Bo: Kei Bo Jitsu

 1stKyu Brown Belt

Same as 2nd Kyu. But better understanding and execution.

Shodan – First Degree Black Belt

Same as 2nd and 1st kyu. But better understanding and execution.

Must be at least 15 years of age.

Nidan – Second Degree Black Belt

Plus: Sai:Ishichagwa NoSai

Sandan – Third Degree Black Belt

Plus: Bo: Choun No Kun Bunkai Naka/Soto Tuifa: Toma No Tuifa

Yondan – Fourth Degree Black Belt

Plus: Eku: Chiken No Kun  Tekko: Tekko Jitsu

Godan – Fifth Degree Black Belt

Plus: Eku: Chiken No Eku

Past Godan: Ishichagwa No Kama


Kihon Warm Up Drill

Jodan, Kubi and Gedan – Striking in a straight line


Fukyu Kata

Kai Bo Jitsu

Partner Drills

Choun No Kun Bunkai