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. Sadly today a lot of the Kodokan’s top Sensei have left since the passing of Matayoshi Sensei.
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).
Although the Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch is no longer trains at the Kodokan, we still get the privilege to train with the Kodokan’s top instructors during the regular Annual visits to Okinawa through our affiliation to Franco Sanguinetti Sensei, 8th Dan.