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As most know the Kobudo in Isshinryu was taught to Tatsuo Shimabuku during the late 1950's and early 1960's by Taira Shinken. Full details of the origins of the Kobudo in Okinawan and it's path to Isshinryu will follow. For now we will include the simple list of Isshinryu Kobudo Kata and some simple information as to it's origin.

Tokumine no Kun

Tatsuo Shimabuku would learn this form from Chotoku Kyan. Kyan learned the kata from Tokumine's landlord following his death.

Urashi no Kun

Taira Shinken would instruct Shimabuku in Urashi during his studies in the 1950's. Urashi has a long history on Okinawa and was taught to Taira by his main kobudo instructor Yabiku Moden.

Shishi no Kun

Shishi originates with the only Soeishi family of Okinawa. It's traditions were passed down through the generations and Kamiya Jinsei would instruct Taira Shinken in the form.

Kusanku no Sai

Kusanku Sai was a creation by Tatsuo Shimabuku to lend sai techniques to a familiar form in order to contrast the usage of the sai

Chatan Yara no Sai

Taira Shinken would learn the form from Kamiya Jinsei. The techniques of Yara are staples within the Okinawan Kobudo system are appear in many systems.

Hama Higa no Tuifa

Hama Higa was a great Peichin in the late 1600's. His incredible techniques in the bo, sai and tonfa are still practiced throughout Okinawan Kobudo. This form was taught to Taira Shinken by Yabiku Moden.

Bo tai Bo Kumite / Bo tai Sai Kumite

Both forms were created by students of Tatsuo Shimabuku under his direction as an interesting way to practice basic bo techniques. They allow the student to practice striking without causing bodily injury.