Syllabus

The progress of all practitioners is based upon both the effort of the teacher and that of the student. The classes are taught in conjunction with the grading syllabus with a structured approach both in repetition and development. It is essential to inspire both in repetition and the learning of new techniques and kata with the emphasis always on quality and understanding rather than quantity and entertainment. Students are encouraged to continuously focus on the empty hand interpretation and the effect of distance using weapons. This bridge must be crossed if the study of Ryukyu Kobujutsu is to enhance your martial arts.

The RyuKyu Grading Requirements are as follows:

Kihon Kata Kumite
4th Kyu
Bo 5 Kamae Shuji No Kon Sho 10 (Ju) Kumite
5 Uke
5 Seme
3rd Kyu
as above plus
Bo Shuji No Kon Dai 15 (Ju-Go) Kumite
Sai Tsukai Kata Tsukenshitahaku No Sai 9 (Kyu) Kumite
2nd Kyu
as above plus
Bo Sakugawa No Kon Sho
Sai
Tonfa Tsukai Kata Hamahiga No Tonfa 10 (Ju) Kumite
1st Kyu
as above plus
Bo Sakugawa No Kon Dai
Sai Renzoku Kumite
Tonfa
Nunchaku Tsuaki Kata Nunchaku No Sho 12 (Ju-Ni) Kumite

The grading syllabus gradually adds more kata depth along with the introduction of new weapons. The emphasis is on development of short and long distance weapons with the understanding of the tokui (special) point for each weapon in relation to empty hand, i.e. Sai is the practise shuto, Tonfa is the practise of Uraken, Hiji-ate and Kama is the practise of Kurite and Kakete. The complete kata syllabus in the practise of Ryukyu Kobujutsu is listed as follows:

Weapon Kata Names
Bo (Kon) Shuji No Kon Sho
Shuji No Kon Dai
Koshiki No Shuji
Sakugawa No Kon Sho
Sakugawa No Kon Dai
Sakugawa No Kon Chu
Soeshi No Kon Sho
Soeshi No Kon Dai
Shirotaru No Kon Sho
Shirotaru No Kon Dai
Sueyoshi No Kon
Sesoko No Kon
Yonekawa No Kon
Kongo No Kon
Tsukenbo
Chinenshichanaka
Chatanyara
Choun
Urasue
Tsukensunakake
Sai Tsukenshitahaku
Hamahiga
Yaka
Hantaguwa~
Kojo
Tawata
Chatanyara
Manji
Tonfa Hamahiga Yaraguwa
Nunchaku Nunchaku Sho Nunchaku Dai San Bon Nunchaku
Kama Tozan Kanigawa Sho Kanigawa Dai
Tekko Maezato
Tinbe-Rochin Kanigawa
Surujin Nagai Kusari
Tokubetsu-Bo Kyu Shaku Bo San Shaku Bo