Training in Matayoshi Kobudo.
Membership & Affiliation
Anyone can become a member of Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch (MKKI-UK). You don’t need to have trained in a martial art to start to learn Kobudo, just a very keen interest and dedication in your training. Similarly you can be already a practicing Martial Artist from any discipline. We have had students from various systems such as Karate, Tae Kwondo, Jujitsu, Iaido, and Judo etc. With the membership comes the benefits associated with the worldwide MKKI. There are two types of membership:
- Instructor Membership
- Student Membership
The UK branch of the MKKI are constantly looking for dedicated Martial Artists who want to learn, and become an Instructor with the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International. As an Affiliated or Instructor Member of the MKKI-UK Branch you need to be at least a Shodan (1st degree black belt) in any of the martial art disciplines, such as the types mentioned above. You shall receive the corresponding Affiliation or Instructor certificate from the MKKI Honbu Dojo, along with a Teaching Curriculum and Testing requirements.
As a certificated instructor of the MKKI-UK Branch you will be able to set up your own classes, associated to the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch. More information on how this can be achieved can be obtained through the UK Office, via Telephone, Email or the Membership Application Form.
To be a student member of the MKKI-UK Branch you don’t need any formal training in any other Martial Art to start your training in Matayoshi Kobudo, just a very keen interest and dedication to your training. But you do need to have a recognised Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch instructor to teach you. There are a couple of methods in which this can be done. Firstly by attending a class, seminar and Gasshuku, or by getting a MKKI – UK Branch instructor to come to you. More information on how this can be achieved can be obtained through the UK Office, via Telephone, Email or the Membership Application Form.
The Benefits of Membership
- Affiliation and Benefits from MKKI.
- Grading and Certification in Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International.
- Training opportunity at the MKKI Honbu Dojo in California.
- Able to train at one one of the MKKI’s worldwide dojo.
- Annual International Gasshuku Training Camps in Okinawa, Japan.
- Regular Seminar training with MKKI-UK Branch.
- MKKI-UK Branch Annual Gasshuku training.
- Free training for Affiliated and Instructor members on the Friday session of the annual Gasshuku.
- Regular monthly training for Affiliated and Instructors members of the MKKI-UK that are free.
So if you’re interested in the study of Matayoshi Kobudo then please enquire by using the Form:
For General Enquiries contact the head Office on:
Telephone: 0780 782 7978
Each member becomes affiliated to the MKKI honbu dojo , which is reflected in the ownership of the MKKI Booklet. This becomes each individual member’s record book that will keep the connection with the Honbu dojo. The book contains historical information about Matayoshi Kobudo, official record of rank of achievement for the member, and their training history such as any Seminar/Gasshuku's they have attend. With each membership renewal, the holder will receive a stamp coming from the MKKI to reflect the current membership.
The Matayoshi Badge is very distinctive as it is the Japanese Imperial Crest, which is the flower of the Kiku (chrysanthemum). It was awarded to Matayoshi Shinko Sensei by the Emperor of Japan after his kobudo demonstration in 1915. Since then Matayoshi Shinko Sensei has used this as a symbol of his organisation. As part of this organisation members of the MKKI - UK Branch are given the opportunity to wear this badge on their Gi (suits)