Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch

Matayoshi Kobudo is the study  of Okinawan Weapons and is one of the oldest Kobudo Styles practised today.  This unique martial art dates back over 9 generations within the Matayoshi Family. This art form as we know it came from two remarkable instructors,  Master Matayoshi Shinko (father – picture below left) and Master Matayoshi Shinpo (son – picture below right), who  dedicated their lives to leave us the Legacy of their style. The late Sensei Matayoshi Shinpo was considered the highest authority on Okinawan weapons  in the world.

Matayoshi Shinpo SenseiThis style of martial arts incorporates the use of 12 weapons, such as:

  • Bo (Staff),
  • Sai (Trident Dagger)
  • Tunkua, (Side Handle Baton),
  • Nunchaku, (Flail),
  • Ueku (Fisherman’s Oar)
  • Kama (Sickle)
  • Nunti (Fisherman’s Gaff),
  • Surichin (Weighted Rope)
  • Sansetsu Kon (3 Sectional Flail)
  • Tinbi and Rochin (Shield & Hatchet)
  • Kuwa (Hoe)
  • Manji Sai (Trident Dagger)

Training in Kobudo

The use of the weapons allows you to attain the balance between unarmed and armed martial arts. This martial art has evolved from Okinawa over many centuries; peasants and farmers used this art to defend their families and territories from aggressive attackers. The style’s history has been integrated into the teaching of the Kobudo classes: where you can discover more about the evolution and development of the ancient and traditional art of Kobudo.

Each student learns the traditional etiquette, history, philosophy of the art, and not just the physical nature of weapons training. If you are 14 years old or above and interested in Matayoshi Kobudo, then please enquire about the lessons, or come along to see one!


The Future of Matayoshi Kobujutsu Here In Darlington

Sensei Bateman has now affiliated his dojo (in 2007) with Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International through Sanguinetti Sensei, 8th Dan (pictured below), who is the holder of a Menkyo given to him by Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei, and thus comes with a high pedigree. The Darlington dojo is now part of the growing Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch ( This world famous  association has Dojo’s all over the world (MKKI Worldwide Dojo’s)

Sanguinetti Sensei

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There are Student places available on both Saturday & Monday Sessions

Sensei Fred Bateman
Kodokan Martial Arts Darlington
Tel: 0780 782 7978


More About Matayoshi Kodokan Kobudo International

  1. Kobudo-SaiAre you an Instructor who is interested in Teaching Matayoshi Kobudo?
    Matayoshi Kobudo is slowly growing in the UK, and to become part of the group is very easy. There are lots of benefits, the major one is to train and learn in the Official Matayoshi Kobudo Style that is recognised by the Matayoshi Kodokan in Okinawa, Japan. So If you are a Martial Arts Instructor and interested in teaching Matayoshi Kobudo then please contact either –

More information concerning Matayoshi Kobudo Kodoakn International – UK Branch and affiliated Dojo’s go to the official UK website:Matayoshi Kobudo Kodokan International – UK Branch

  1. Some photo’s of Fred Bateman Sensei’s Time in Okinawa