Yamanni ryu

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Japanese Crest Maru ni Takedabishi.svg
Yamanni-ryū patch
Also known asYamanni-Chinen-ryu, Yamane Ryu
FocusOkinawan kobudō and notably Bōjutsu
Country of originJapan Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
CreatorMasami Chinen
Famous practitionersChogi Kishaba,
Toshihiro Oshiro

Yamanni-ryū (山根流) (also Yamanni-Chinen-ryū and Yamane Ryu) is a form of Okinawan kobudō whose main weapon is the bo, a non-tapered, cylindrical staff. The smaller buki, such as sai, tunfa (or tonfa), nunchaku, and kama (weapon) are studied as secondary weapons.


Tradition maintains that Sakugawa Kanga, entrusted with the protection of prominent Ryūkyū families, had studied the art in China.[1] Later he lived in Akata village in Shuri, Okinawa.[1] Sakugawa developed the style in the late 18th century. He passed it on to the Chinen family, beginning with Chinen Umikana. Sanda Chinen (1842–1925), also known as Yamani USUMEI and Yamane TANMEI, introduced the "bouncing" motion of the staff which is the style's hallmark.[2] His grandson, Masami Chinen, named the style after him.[2]

Ryūkyū Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai[edit]

In 1979 Chogi Kishaba, a student of Masami Chinen, sent his students, Toshihiro Oshiro and Kiyoshi Nishime, to the United States. In 1985 they founded the Ryūkyū Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai or RBKD (Association for the Study and Research of Okinawan Martial Arts) for the purpose of bringing Yamanni-ryū to the West. Kishaba is the head of the RBKD. Shihan Oshiro (8th dan, Yamanni-ryū; 9th dan, Shōrin-ryū) is the Chief Instructor of RBKD USA and its West Coast Director. The Midwest Director is Kiyoshi Nishime. Oshiro and Nishime give seminars in Yamanni-ryū in the U.S. and around the world.

The Yamanni-ryū patch is based on an Okinawan mon. It is similar to the mon of the Takeda clan.

Yammani-ryū is a fluid style that is frequently taught to advanced students. Occasionally it is taught as a supplementary style to other Okinawan kobudō, such Kenshin-ryū. Students of Shotokan and Shito-ryū karate will frequently learn Yammani-ryū kobudō, either through their own sensei or via seminars held by Shihan Oshiro or Nishime both at their home dojo and abroad.


Donyukon Ich[3]
Donyukon Ni[4]

Choun No Kun Sho[5]
Choun No Kun Dai

Shuji no Kun Sho
Shuji no Kun Dai

Ryubi no Kun
Sakugawa No Kun[6][7]

Shirataru no Kun
Tomari Shirataru no Kun[8]
Yunigawa no Kun / Yonegawa no Kun / Hidari Bo
Shinakachi no Kun / Sunakake no Kun
Chikin Bo / Tsuken Bo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Okinawan Karate, Second Edition, by Mark Bishop, Tuttle Publishing, p. 53, ISBN 0-8048-3205-6
  2. ^ a b Okinawan Karate, Second Edition, by Mark Bishop, Tuttle Publishing, p. 120, ISBN 0-8048-3205-6
  3. ^ Donyukon Ichi. 11 December 2008 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Donyukon Ni. 11 December 2008 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Choun No Kun Sho. 11 December 2008 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ NYC Martial Arts Challenge 2013. 14 October 2013 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ Aidan Lok - 6 years old - Yamanni-Ryu Kobudo Sakugawa No Kun - Oct 2012 GCIK NYTKL. 4 July 2014 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ 2012 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival -- Shirataru no Kun. 30 April 2012 – via YouTube.

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