(May 1, 1925 - January 14, 1999)
History tells us that Sensei Eisuke Akamine was born on the island of Okinawa, in a village called Kazaku, in the district of Tomigusuku on the First day of May in 1925.
He came to martial arts late in life when he was approximately twenty-three years of age, I suspect little knowing what a great influence he would ultimately have on so many others, as a result of his pursuing what would ultimately become, a life long passion for the art of kobudo.
As a student he trained with many great masters of the day including Sensei Sanru Chinen, Sensei Yohei Akamine, Sensei Seichiro Higa, and Sensei Jinsaburo Higa. His greatest influence however, was undoubtedly Sensei Taira Shinken, the founder of the "Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai" or as it translates into English "The Association for the Promotion and Preservation of Ryukyu Kobudo" with whom he studied form 1955 until Sensei Shinken's passing in 1970.
Just prior to his passing in September of 1970, Sensei Shinken passed onto Sensei Akamine the title of President of the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai, thus insuring for the future the preservation of this ancient art.
Under Sensei Akamine's leadership the art of Okinawan kobudo was to spread to many countries where it continues to flourish today. Here in Victoria, B.C. Canada, we follow in the footsteps of this great master with the guidance of one of his most senior student, Sensei Hidemi Tamayose, 9th Dan, Hanshi, Kaicho of the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan, who studied directly under Sensei Akamine for many years, and who today continues to spread of Okinawan kobudo through out the world.
The past sets the stage for the future, and the present is the stepping stone that links them both together, Okinawan kobudo lives today because of the dedication of those who came before us, our task is to make sure their efforts were not in vain.
Part the clouds - see the way.
"The objective of kobudo is to contribute to the evolution
of the human spirit through physical and mental training."
Sensei Peter Lindsay