Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons)

Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo is a traditional Okinawan weapons martial art that teaches Bo, Sai, Nunchaku, Tonfa and Kama.

Ryu Kon Kai is headed by Hanshi Kotaro Iha a 10th Degree Black Belt. Ryu Kon Kai was brought to Australia in 2003 by Sensei Robert Slywa a 7th Degree Black Belt.

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.

Trndhi Mark has trained in Okinawa and is proud to uphold the Okinawan traditions in his teachings. In April 2017, he will return to Okinawa to test for his 3rd Degree Black Belt in Ryu Kon Kai.

Ryu Kon Kai Kobudo Dan grades are registered in Okinawa and are internationally recognised.


Seitei Iaido and Seitei Jodo

Seitei Iaido and Seitei Jodo are both taught at Bujutsu Martial Arts Centre. Both are legitimate arts that originate from Japan and are recognised internationally.

Jodo, the way of the stick is a staff art.

Iaido is a pattern based sword art.

Seitei Iaido and Seitei Jodo Dan grades are registered in Tokyo, Japan and are internationally recognised grades.

Our classes are taught by two of Australia’s most qualified Japanese weapons practitioners. Both have trained and received gradings in Japan.

Dr Bob Brown has 30 years of experience with Japanese weapon arts. His impressive grades include:

  • ZNKR Iaido 5th Dan (Awarded in Sendai Japan)
  • ZNKR Jodo 5th Dan (Awarded in Sendai Japan)
  • ZNKR Kendo 2nd Dan
  • IKYF Kyudo (Japanese archery) 1st Dan

Dr Brown also holds the following positions:

  • Chair NSW Kendo Association Iaido Technical Committee
  • NSW State Iaido Coach
  • Served as Secretary on the Australian Kendo Renmei Jodo Technical Board

The Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei is the official international organization which exercises general control over and representing Kendo, Iaido and Jodo. It was established by the Japanese government after World War II.

The Australian Kendo Renmei and the NSW Kendo Association are the Australian state and national bodies affiliated with the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei through the International Kendo Federation.

Aden Steinke has 20 years of experience with Japanese weapon arts. His impressive grades include:

  • ZNKR Jodo 4th Dan (Awarded in Akita Japan)
  • ZNKR Iaido 4th Dan
  • ZNKR Kendo 2nd Dan

Aden Steinke also holds the position of Chair NSW Kendo Association Jodo Technical Committee.


Arnis as a combat strategy evolved from the warrior-techniques of the early diverse eastern cultures that settled in the Philippine Archipelago. One of its precursor techniques – “kali” dates as far back as the 8th century and was in use in the Sri-Vishayan empire prior to the arrival of the oriental- spice-seeking Spanish Fleet under Magellan into the Philippines in 1521.

Arnis evolved as variations of earlier ethnic Oriental combat techniques that included “kali.” “Kali” is from the word “kalis” – Malay word for bladed weapon. Another early form of stick fighting that influenced the techniques used in Arnis today is Indonesian fencing. The use of sticks in combat in earlier years under the Spanish occupation of the Philippines was called “eskrima” (Spanish term for fencing) and “Arnis de Mano” (harness of the hands). During the almost 3 centuries of Spanish occupation in the Philippines, practice of Arnis or any other martial arts were harshly prohibited by the Spanish authorities. To secretly train native enthusiasts and pass on the techniques to others, the locals disguised the technical movements as parts of a stage dance ‘Moromoro.’ This stage dance was usually presented during town fiestas and it was thus how some of the most elemental techniques of the Art got preserved.

Modern Arnis was coined by the founder Professor and Arnis Specialist Remy Presas who initiated the scientific application of various existing Philippine ethnic stick fighting methods (including the “Balintawak” style of fencing) that laid claim to the term arnis.

It was through Presas’ efforts that “Arnis” as martial art gained recognition and respectability. It was formally adopted by Philippine schools in the 70’s as an official Physical Education program. When Presas moved to the United States, it did not take long for the “arnis” to gain a following as a popular and highly respectable form of martial art. Arnis, like other martial arts, form a part in either armed or unarmed combat training programs used by defence forces all over the world. In the US and Australia.

Renshi Mark first started studying the art of Arnis under Hanshi George Adams in 2011. Renshi Mark currently holds the grade of Shodan 1st Degree Black Belt in Arnis.