About the Kokusai Okinawa Kobujutsu Renmei


The Kokusai Okinawa Kobujutsu Renmei ("International Ancient Peacemaking Arts Federation," known simply as the KOKR) is the global governing organisation for Aragaki-Ryū Okinawa kobujutsu.  It was established in 2008 by the third sōke of Aragaki-Ryū, Shōda Hideo (1941-), in Nagoya, Japan.

Although the founder of Aragaki-Ryu, Higa Yasuhiro (1908-1984) began teaching his style publicly in the mid-1950s, he never established any sort of organisation to promote it.  He simply taught what he had learned from some of the most renowned sensei of his time in the garden of one of his students.  He didn't even give a name to his style until his students asked him to do so!  Higa simply wanted to pass on his knowledge to a few people he hoped would preserve it.

It was more than twenty years after Higa Shihan's death before some of his followers decided it would be best to create a formal organisation in order to ensure the long-term preservation of Higa's style of Okinawa kobujutsu. It is for that purpose that the Kokusai Okinawa Kobujutsu Renmei was finally created.

Origins of the KOKR

Posted by Pellman Sensei on September 25, 2006

Shimabukuro HanshiThe Kokusai Okinawa Kobujutsu Renmei was created in order to facilitate the spread of Aragaki-Ryū Okinawa kobujutsu to a wider following than just its hombu dōjō in Nagoya, Japan.    ... (full article here)

North America Shibu

Posted by Pellman Sensei on September 25, 2006

The Okinawa bujutsu taught at the Seishin-Kan are:  Shitō-Ryū Karate-dō and Aragaki-Ryū Okinawa Kobujutsu.  These arts developed when the Ryūkyū Islands, governed from Okinawa, were a separate kingdom from mainland Japan, so they possess many unique ... (full article here)


Posted by Michaela Pellman on September 25, 2006

Currently there are four kenkyūkai (independent study groups) under the general direction of the Indiana shibu:  The IWU Budōkai in Marion, Indiana, the Onshin-Kan Dōjō in Merrillville, Indiana, the Mills Seitō Family Dōjō in Janesville, Wisconsin, and in Upland, Indiana, the Lighthouse Martial Arts Club and Shindō-Kan.  To become affiliated with the JKI ... (full article here)

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