Master Eisuke Akamine.
The second generation.
(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 was undoubtedly Sensei Taira Shinken, the Founder of the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai. Translated as, Association for the Promotion and Preservation of Ryukyu Kobudo.
He was to became a student of Sensei Shinken in 1955 remaining so until his passing in 1970. Prior to his passing Sensei Shinken passed onto him the title of President of the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinko Kai, Under Sensei Akamine's leadership the art of Okinawan kobudo was to spread to widely helping to insure the preservation of this ancient art form.
Here in Victoria, B.C. Canada, we follow in the footsteps of Sensei Hidemi Tamayose, 10th Dan, of the Ryu Kyu Kobudo Tesshinkan. He studied directly under Master Akamine, and today he continues the spread of Okinawan kobudo with affiliates in many different countries. 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."