Yuishinkai and Ryukyu Kobujutsu are non-competitive traditional Japanese martial arts based on styles of the Okinawan (Ryukyu) Islands. We study empty-hand (toshu jutsu) techniques, escapes, locks, takedowns and classical weapons (emono jutsu), along with many of the kata from Okinawa. These systems are based on the teachings from O’Sensei Gansho Inoue‘s lifetime study of martial arts. We do not emphasize competition but rather lifelong study and cultivation of character. His son, the current headmaster, Kisho Inoue Hanshi guides us to improve our technical knowledge.
We study the kata and applications of karate from the areas of Tomari, Shuri, and Naha in Okinawa. Introductory kata include Pinan, Naifanchin, Passai, and Kushanku. We also focus on self-defense applications of the kata.
We study the main weapons of the Okinawan islands. These include the bo (staff), sai (metal truncheon), tonfa (wooden flail), and kama (sickle). Kata training and self-defense applications are emphasized.
The name “Yuishinkai” comes from the Japanese characters meaning society (kai) for those who have sincerity and “only” (yui) focus on “hearts and minds” (shin). The importance of the name is that the cultivation of character and “heart” is the most important outcome of training.
Yuishinkai and Ryukyu Kobujutsu are martial arts that involve training in physical movements for self defense. The purpose of training is not to make violence but instead to avoid conflict. The true understanding for “Bu” (the Japanese word for “martial”), is the focus. The Japanese characters for “bu” are actually written to show stopping fighting. The emphasis is on training to gain the ability to be able to use stronger force to stop or control violence in ourselves and in others. The objective of all our training is to cultivate a mind of peace, to be humble and to have self-respect and respect for others.
We seek in our training to have the awareness to avoid conflict, yet to be in control and always ready to respond if conflict cannot be avoided. In this way, weapons used in training are simply parts of the body and extensions of the arms and hands. Inoue Sensei emphasized the saying of “bun bu fuki”; which means martial arts and intellectual activity must be the same. In the West this is often described as “the pen and the sword are one”. We try to follow these directions to train our kokoro (heart, mind, spirit) to become good people in the world.