The Honbu Dojo

The Kodokan.

Matayoshi Family's dojo in Japan …

The Kodokan is the name of the Honbu dojo in Naha, Okinawa. It’s the place where most, if not all, Matayoshi Kobudo practitioners would like to train. Members of the Matayoshi Kobudo UK Branch has the possibility to do this as one of their benefits when becoming part of the Matayoshi Family.

This famous dojo all started back in 1960 when Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei returned to Okinawa (see History page) and began to teach the system his father had taught him. This he did in various other karate Sensei’s dojos, until he established his own. In order to honour his father, he called this dojo the “Kodokan”, where the kanji for “Ko” was based on the kanji in his father’s name “Shinko”. Thus the translation of “Kodokan” is the “Hall of the Enlightened Way”.

Once the Kodokan was established, Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei contacted all other kobudo instructors and students in order to form a united association. This he did in 1972 and the association became the “Zen Okinawa Kobudo Renmei” (All Okinawa Kobudo Federation).

Today the Kodokan is headed by Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei’s son, Matayoshi Yasushi. He became Soke of the Kodokan after his farther passed away back in 1997.

Although there are many organisations that claim to be teaching Matayoshi Kobudo, the Kodokan Dojo is the only organisation in the world that represents the true soul of Matayoshi Sensei and is run by the Matayoshi family.

The Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International UK Branch is privileged to be apart of the Kodokan organisation, through its affiliation to Franco Sanguinetti Sensei, 7th Dan.