RyuKonKai Karate and Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons)

In our weapons classes we teach the traditional style known as RyuKonKai.

琉is for Ryukyu Islands which was the old name for Okinawa.

棍kon is a long staff (bo/kun)?

会Kai is an association or meeting

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).

Dojo Kun

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.

History of RyuKonKai


Mr. Iha was interested in combative sports even when he was small and in high school, he joined the Judo club and also started to practice at a private dojo in town. His success was limited because of his small stature. After graduation from High School, Iha Sensei decided to study Karate, feeling that this would give him the advantage in a fight despite his smaller physique. He soon found out that larger students also had an advantage over smaller practitioners in Karate. Further thinking following these events led Iha Sensei to Kobudo, especially the Bo, where he knew that weapons, particularly the length of the Bo, would give him an advantage. Mr. Iha has been fascinated by the bo ever since.

Kotaro Iha is 10thDan and President of Ryu Kon Kai, Ryukyu Kobudo Association.

Iha Kotaro Sensei was born February 12, 1939.

On his quest to master the art of Kobudo, he trained under various masters who each specialized in certain weapons:

  • May 1958, started training Shorin-Ryu Karate under Chibana Chosin Sensei.

  • February 1961, he began training Shorin-Ryu Karate under Yochoku Higa.

  • May 1961, he began training Bo under Shigenobu Tamai.

  • March 1963, he began training Bo under Kantoku Izumikawa.

  • May 1968, he began training Nunchaku, Sai, and Kama under Iloei Ishikawa.
  • January 1970, he began training Bo and Sai under Shiko Toma.

  • March 1972, he began training Eku under Takasha Kinjo.
  • July 1972, Bo under Shinchin Tawata.

  • In 1974 Iha Sensei opened his first Kobudo Dojo at his own house in Gushikawa, Okinawa.
  • In 1981, he founded the RyuKyu Kobudo RyuKonKai and was appointed it’s President.

Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo Kata

Bo Jitsu Fukyugata

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

Nunchaku Fukyugata
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: Bo Jitsu Fukyugata          Nunchaku: Nunchaku Fukyugata

7thKyu – Yellow Belt

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

6thKyu – Green Belt

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

5thKyu – Green Belt

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

4thKyu – Green Belt

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

3rdKyu – Brown Belt

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

2ndKyu Brown Belt

Bo: Bo Jitsu Fukyugata, Sushi No Kun, Choun No Kun, Dai Ni Kihon, Choun No Kun Bunkai Naka, Sakugawa No Kun, Kumi Bo      Nunchaku: Nunchaku Fukyugata, 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 No Sai

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