The Okinawan people developed a system of self defense using farming and fishing implements. This rare, ancient practice has developed into the beautiful art form known as Kobudo.
Okinawan Kobudo has been handed down through the generations of the Matayoshi family, most recently from the late Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei, who was considered the highest authority on Okinawan weapons in the world. His foremost student was Gakiya Yoshiaki Sensei.
Gakiya Sensei founded the Okinawa Kobudo Doushi Rensei-kai (OKDR) which encompasses the use of 14 different weapons as taught to him by Matayoshi Shinpo Sensei. He retired in 2011 and named Sensei Stolsmark, 8th dan, as his successor and President of the world-wide OKDR.