Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan is a very new association but has a strong international presence. This website serves two purposes, firstly to introduce newcomers to the art and secondly to provide a platform for current members to keep connected to the association. I have recently taken over as webmaster and welcome lots of input. We have members from Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania so I am looking forward to information and articles from all over the world.
What is Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan?
The Shimbukan Dojo was first opened in 1971 by Eisuke Akamine Sensei. He taught, both traditional Ryukyu Kobudo and Shorin Ryu Karate. In 1999 Eisuke Akamine Dai Sensei passed away and the Shimbukan Dojo was taken over by his son Hiroshi Akamine Sensei. In 2012 Akamine Sensei decided to resign from his previous association and started the Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan Association.
Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan teaches traditional weapons martial arts. Weapons taught are Bo, Sai, Nunchaku, Tekko, Tunfa, Tinbe, Kama and Ekku.
Who am I?
My name is Penny van Heerden. I have been practicing Ryukyu Kobudo in Okinawa since March 1996. I don't even want to think about how long that is. I am so lucky to live in Okinawa and experience everything this amazing culture has to offer. I live here with my husband, Emile and five year old daughter, Sahratia. We have recently moved to Itoman City and finally have a garden and some room to move. I see this website as a place, not only for people to learn more about Ryukyu Kobudo, but also and perhaps more importantly, for current members of the association to keep connected to what is happening worldwide. To aid in this I welcome any input, including articles, photos and videos about what is happening within their individual dojos.
Please feel free to contact me on the Contact page with any queries.