Taira Shinken Sensei

Ryukyu Kobudo Shinkokai, Taira Shinken, Kobudo

Taira Shinken

 Born in 1897 (Meiji 30) in Okinawa Prefecture, Kume Island, Nakazato village.

Taira was a descendent of Yama Higa Donuchi of Kume Island and his adoptive mother was from a samurai family named ‘Maezato’.

Although his family name was listed as ‘Maezato’ in the family register, he preferred to use his mother’s maiden name of ‘Taira’ which he became known by.

In 1922 (Taisho 11) on a visit to Tokyo he met Funakoshi Gichin who had devoted his life to the popularizing karate and became his right-hand man.

Taira Shinken, Ryukyu Kobudo, Kobudo

Taira Shinken

 1932 (Showa 7) – Opened a branch dojo of Funakoshi Gichin in Gunma Prefecture in Ikaho. In addition be began studying the use of the sai from Mabuni Kenwa sensei

1933 (Showa 8) – Received his teaching license Ryukyu Kobudo from Yabiku Moden sensei

1940 (Showa 15) – Opened a Kobudo dojo in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture and began teaching Ryukyu Kobudo

1964 (Showa 39) – Published ‘The Encyclopedia of Ryukyu Kobudo (Vol. 1)’

1970 (Showa 45) – Passed away at the age of 74 at his home in Naha, Kamishinbara, Okinawa Prefecture. He issued teaching licenses to his direct students (in order):

Taira Shinken, Ryukyu Kobudo Shinkokai, Kobudo

Taira Shinken and Students

Akamine Eisuke (November, 1959)
Nakasone Koshin (April, 1962)
Nakamoto Masahiro (December, 1962)
Kinjo Kazufumi (September, 1965)
Minowa Katsuhiko (January, 1969)
Nagaishi Fumio (June, 1969)

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