Ryu Kyu Kobujutsu
Yuishinkai Kobojutsu was founded in the 1940s by the late Japanese martial art grand master Inoue Gansho. The words mean the group that strives for "earnest and sincere training of the body and mind though martial art training, weapon training, and karate."
Inoue had experienced the horrors of the war and wanted the younger generation to have more peaceful and healthful alternatives. He tried
to guide the students back to the traditional path, away from"an
unhealthy emphasis on competition," and give a method to meet life
through their training.
Inoue Gansho founded to promote and preserve martial arts in the original armed and unarmed format.
He felt that competition and mindless, egotist teachers, were diverting the martial arts from the real path. He was concerned that people were training only for point scoring, and no longer seriously cultivated Zanshin (physical and mental alertness) ma-ai (distancing - similar to defensive space) tai sabaki (body movement to avoid conflict mentally and physically) and kata(physical and mental posture and attitude)
Bo, the Japanese word for martial, embraces the concept of "using a stronger force, with upright, good intent, to stop or control violence in others and more so in yourself."
The real aim of classical martial arts, Inoue says, is to cultivate "a peaceful, humility, and respect for self and others." It is a method to "meet life" with the awareness to avoid conflict, but "always to be in control, if a conflict is inevitable."
Traditional weapons training cultivated the "right mind" of Kokomo, the right thoughts, right attitude, and action that help to avoid conflict.
Sensai Eddie says traditional martial arts train the body and the mind, because the two are one.
The warrior must be a scholar & the scholar a warrior. The pen & the sword are not separate. We train the body to educate the mind and a healthy mind will , in turn , teach the body.
This is the lesson of balance - O'senai
Traditional training learns about life and death. When students learn about death, they learn the value of life and the preservation of life. When a student learns about death, they are more likely to avoid conflict.
Gary's first lesson in the martial art was "it is effortless to hurt, but it takes many months to heal."
This parallels the highest value of the Jewish faith the value life,
"To save a life is to save an entire world ."
Not just the saving of life, but the value and life, we celebrate to live, we strive to enliven life, ours and others in doing so we tie ourselves to the form of all life.
Increasing numbers are returning to traditional martial art practice not only to defend themselves, but to improve mind, body, and spirit, and to learn to avoid and neutralize conflict. "The authentic values of the martial arts lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants."
Ultimately, traditional martial arts are about the conquering the self, the most critical opponent a person will ever have to confront.
Jardine quotes an ancient Eastern wisdom
"to conquer a 1000 men in 1000 battles is not the ultimate aim. The true warrior learns to conquer himself."
Summed up in the words of our a sages:
אזה גיבור משהו כבש את יצרו״
"Who is a warrior, he who conquers his desires"
A brief History
The Yuishinkai Karate system was developed around four main influences:
Seiko Fujita (1898-1966)
Yasuhiro Konishi (1893- 1982)
Ryobu Kai Karate Jutsu
Shinken Taira (1898-1970)
Gozo Shioda (1915- 1994)
Yuishinkai Karate jutsu was created by Hanshi Motokatsu Inoue in 1948. The name originated from Seiko Fujita (1898-1966) the last true Ninja and headmaster of the Koga Ninjitsu Ryu. He was the watchful guardian of Motokatsu Inoue from childhood.
Seiko Fujita gave Inoue Sensei permission in 1948 to open a dojo in Shimizu City and named the style, also creating the calligraphy, which forms the mon (emblem or badge) denoting the style.
Yuishinkai is interpreted as “in the pursuit of the understanding of Budo, only the heart, spirit and mind exist.”
In addition to the aforementioned, Inoue Sensei trained with Choki Motobu, a close friend of Yasuhiro Konishi, renowned for his kumite and study of Naihanchi Kata. This is reflected in the system.
YuishinkaiThis Yuishin Kai open hand system forms part of the Ryukyu Kobujutsu approach and way of thinking in Bujutsu and the Ryukyu Kobujutsu approach and way form part of the Karates way and method in Bujutsu, thus inextricably linking them together.
The overlaps and affinities are many, and it was Sensei Inoue’s vision that both are necessary and are as one and should be studied in conjunction with each other to fully understand this and become the complete approach in fighting and authentic Bujutsu
The primary influence for Sensei Inoue in the creation of Yuishin Kai karate was Yasuhiro Konishi (1993-1982) the founder of Ryobu Kai and a close friend of both Seiko Fujita and Shinken Taira. Konishi was a man of high energy and studied his Karate mainly from Gichin Funakoshi (Nihon Karate Kyokai) in Tokyo and Kenwa Mabuni (Shito Ryu) in Osaka.
As well as his passion for kata, he had a fondness for kumite, which he displayed undiminished by the passing of age and time.
Konishi liked to combine blocking with punching and kicking simultaneously, and this can be found much in the Yuishin Kai syllabus. He felt Karate too linear and Aikido too circular and his training drills reflect much the principles of Nan Ban Sato Ryu.
YuishinKai also incorporates many elements of Sensei Shioda’s Aikido. Fujita felt his approach to be practical and relevant to actual applications and influenced the integration into the YuishinKai approach. The system follows the three principles of Japanese Bujutsu; Kihon, Kata and Kumite. It systematically teaches the building blocks of Waza (technique), followed by the usage approach of Genri (principles). This builds the necessity of Heiho (strategy) and forms the character for Seishin (spirit) and Kokoro (heart)
The Ryukyu Kobujutsu Association teaches the traditional eight kinds of weapon as handed down by the late Grandmaster Shinken Taira. These weapons are:
Bo, (Kon), Jo Bo, Roku Shaku Bo, Kyu Shaku Bo and Eiku (Suna Kake no Kon)
Sai, (also Manji Sai)
Nunchaku, (also San Chaku)
Surujin. (short and long Surujin)
In addition Shuriken (Shingetsu Ryu ) from Fujita Seiko (1898- 1966) is taught and is a good compliment to the necessity to throw both Sai and Rochin in the advanced stages.
A comprehensive and structured system passed down from Sensei Taira and further developed by Sensei Motokatsu Inoue provides 42 traditional and authentic kata with kihon and complete bunkai on a singular technical basis and in renzoku practice.
These weapons are linked in their usage and action and naturally compliment similar open hand techniques. It is essential to understand these links, as this allows progression and continual enhancement in the understanding of bujutsu; each weapon’s strength, weakness and specialty of deployment. Starting with the Bo, being the longest weapon, the system builds the complete sphere of application through each weapon, using them as stepping stones towards the comprehensive approach of being able to use any object as a weapon.