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.
Introducing Tim Jurgens, who will be taking over site management duties while Penny moves to Hungary. Good luck Penny and thanks for all you have done and continue to do for the association.
Tim has been a member of the Shimbukan dojo since the spring of 1996. He has been lucky to have lived in Okinawa in the 80's 90's and 2000's and experience everything this amazing culture has to offer. He currently lives in Lonsdale Minnesota where he runs a branch dojo for the Shimbukan Association and Mukenkai Karate Association under the guidance of Akamine Sensei.
This website was initially launched by Penny as a place, not only for people to learn more about Ryukyu Kobudo, but also and perhaps more importantly, as a place for current members of the association to keep connected to what is happening worldwide. To aid in this we 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.