The Concept of Matayoshi Kobudō

The concept of Matayoshi Kobudō is to discipline the human character through the application of the principles of the traditional Ryukyu weapons.

  • RENSHŪ - 練習 (Training)

    When training in Kobudō, practitioners must always act with respect and courtesy, adhere to the prescribed fundamentals of the art, and resist the temptation to pursue mere technical skill rather than strive towards the perfect unity of mind, body and technique.

  • DŌJŌ - 道場 (Training Hall)

    The dōjō is a special place for training the mind and the body. In the dōjō, Kobudō practitioners must maintain discipline, and show proper courtesies and respect.
    The dōjō should be a quiet, clean, safe, and solemn environment.

  • SHIDŌ - 指導 (Teaching)

    Teachers of Kobudō should always encourage others to also strive to better themselves and diligently train their minds and bodies, while continuing to further their understanding of the technical principles of Kobudō. Teachers should not allow the focus to be put on winning or losing in competitions, or on technical ability alone. Above all, teachers have a responsibility to set an example as role models.

  • SHIAI - 試合 (Competition)

    Whether competing in a match or doing set forms (kata), practitioners must externalise the spirit underlying Kobudō. They must do their best at all times, winning with modesty, accepting defeat gracefully, and constantly exhibiting self-control.

  • FUKYŪ - 普及 (Sharing)

    Persons promoting Kobudō must maintain an open-minded and international perspective as they uphold traditional values. They should make efforts to contribute to research and teaching, and do their utmost to advance budō in every way.

  • SHOGAI KOBUDŌ - 生涯古武道 (Kobudō for a lifetime)

    Train together in Kobudō and find a way to shape character for life by paying attention to safety and health.
    Kobudō is a "lifestyle" that later generations can learn together.

Hanshi Andrea Guarelli

I.M.K.A. President

Shinpō Matayoshi sensei quote

“In times of war, one had to practice
the arts of Budo in order to try to survive.
In times of peace, to try to live longer.”

Shinpō Matayoshi Sensei