- During the G8 Summit which
was held on Okinawa in 2000, Sensei Tamayose was one of
four Okinawan Masters who had the privilege of
demonstrating karate and kobudo in front of the assembled
world leaders. Today when ever possible Sensei Tamayose
travels to his affiliated dojos in Canada, the USA, and
Europe, tirelessly promoting authentic Okinawan kobudo.
- Sensei Hidemi Tamayose is
awarded the rank of 9th Dan
- by the Ken Kobudo Renmei
- Ken Kobudo
- Sensei Tamayose, seated on
the far right hand side of the front row, was awarded the
rank of 9th Dan by the Ken Kobudo Renmei in October of
2004. This organization was inaugurated with the express
purpose of spreading traditional Okinawan kobudo and this
was the first time that high ranks had been handed out by
- The official ceremony was
carried out on October 30, 2004 at which time Chairman
Mashiro Nakamoto, of the Ken Kobudo Alliance, was awarded
the highest rank, 10th Dan. Appointed Chairman of the
Board of Directors, was Shiroma Seiji, Hanshi, 10th Dan,
appointed Office Director, was Hidemi Tamayose, Hanshi, 9th
Dan, and appointed Vice-President, was Sensei
Shimabukuro, Hanshi, 9th Dan.
- A prepared statement was
read outlining the goal of the Ken Kobudo Renmei that
- "Our kobudo will
develop as we develop it through out the
world. We hope to design a structure like that of a
university, but one where we can teach within the
prefecture in a new superbly built dojo. Our desire is to
bring kobudo up to a level which karate stands at. With
our traditional values, kobudo can purify and help in
human development. We can pass these virtues on to the
rest of the world through our kobudo."
- This is a worthy goal
indeed, and one that I am sure that all the member of the
Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan both in Okinawa, and throughout
the world, will uphold today and in the years to come.
- My thanks to Sensei Martin
Nicholson, Yon Dan, Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan, for
generously supplying many of the photographs on this web
- Part the
clouds - see the way.
objective of kobudo is to contribute to the evolution
- of the
human spirit through physical and mental training."