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Master Eisuke Akamine

The Second Generation.

                     

Eisuke Akamine

(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. For the rest of his life he pursued his 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, Association for the Promotion and Preservation of Ryukyu Kobudo.

Sensei Akamine became a student of Sensei Shinken in 1955 and remained so until his 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 senior students, Sensei Hidemi Tamayose, 10th Dan, Hanshi, Kaicho of the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan. He studied directly under Master Akamine for many years, and today he continues the spread of Okinawan kobudo throughout 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 obligation is to make sure that their efforts are not in vain by sharing our knowledge with those who choose to follow in our footsteps.

 Remember: "Who you follow shapes who you become, so choose wisely".