Okinawan Kobudo is a weapon-
The twelve weapons recognised by the Association are: bo, nunchaku, sai, tonfa, kama, iyeku, tekko, tinbei, nunte suruchin, kuwa and shu-
On reaching Dan grade, students then consolidate and develop their existing skills and knowledge and compliment their training by acquiring skills in one or more other weapons determined by Sensei O'Connor.
At Kaizen there is a fully structured Kobudo syllabus. This syllabus is that of the International Okinawan Kobudo Association, United Kingdom (IOKA UK), led by Sensei Albie O'Connor. Sensei O'Connor is a 5th Dan in Okinawan Kobudo and has trained and graded in Okinawa and Japan. All Okinawan Kobudo gradings are subject to quality assurance by Sensei O'Connor and all certificates are issued by IOKA UK. Training in this martial art is delivered on Sunday evening.
The popularity of this martial art is evidenced by the inclusion of a group of some 25 students, which include very senior karate dan grades, in the Midlands.
The class in Leeds is delivered by Sensei Jim Reece who holds the rank of Yondan in Okinawan Kobudo. The cost is £3.50 per session.
The video shows two of the Kobudo students practising their skills in applying basic techniques
Some of our new students enjoying their first lesson