Yamane-ryu Kobudo employs swift but powerful circular motion, a distinct pattern of twisting thrusts, vibrant body dynamics and pliable footwork.
Because military weapons were banned in Okinawa, the Okinawans sought to put ordinary agricultural implements to use for self defense. These every day items are now recognised as specialist fighting tools. Contary to popular belief the ban was first introduced by an Okinawan King to stop civil wars developing, not by the Japanese. The Satsuma clan (The Japanese overlords of Okinawa from 1609 to 1883) also taught their farmers and peasants to fight using everyday farming tools. No one knows if the Okinawans influenced the Satsuma or if the Japanese taught the Okinawans or even if the idea was developed by both peoples independently.
The name Yamane Ryu refers to the locale in Samukawa village, Okinawa where it was developed in the late 1800’s by Chinnen Sanda (1846 to 1928) also known as Yammane no Chinnen. It has been passed down though Oshiro Chojo to Kinjo Hiroshi to Patrick McCarthy.
Read more about the history and direct lineage to our Dojo here in Queensland.