Matayoshi Kodokan
Okinawan Ancient Weapons


The beginner curriculum for Matayoshi Kobudo includes the bo, sai, tonfa & nunchaku. Students are introduced to these four weapons before testing for sho dan.

The bo is an approximately 6 foot staff usually tapered with flat, not rounded ends. For younger or shorter practitioners, it can be shortened to a length slightly longer than the height of the user. In the Matayoshi system, the bo is the first weapon taught. It has more standardized basics (3 sets) and kumite associated with it as well as the most katas (5) and creates a foundation for all other weapons.

The second weapon on the Matayoshi Kobudo syllabus is the sai. A sai of proper length will extend slightly beyond the user's elbow when retracted. Sais are used in sets of three, with one carried in the belt to replace one that might be thrown.

There is one set of basics and 3 katas trained with the sai in the Matayoshi dojo. Two of them were created by Matayoshi Shinpo, and the third by his father or his father's teacher.

The third weapon in the Matayoshi dojo is the tonfa, also called tonqua or tuifa. Like the sai, it is of proper length when it extends just beyond the elbow of the user.

There is one set of basics and 2 kata trained with the tonfa. Both tonfa kata were created by Matayoshi family. The techniques in the kata were taught to Matayoshi Shinko by Irei of Chatan village.

The final weapon in the beginner's curriculum is the Nunchaku. There is one set of basics and one kata for this weapon. The kata was created by the Matayoshi family, and the techniques were taught to Matayoshi Shinko by Irei.

Once a student achieves sho dan, they are taught more katas for the beginner weapons and introduced to a variety of other weapons, their techniques and katas. Advanced weapons include, but are not limited to: eku, gua, kama, san setsu kon, tinbe, surachin, nunti sai and manji sai. Students above sho dan are taught these additional weapons at the discretion of the chief instructor.