Yamanni ryu

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

Tradition maintains that Kanga “Todi” Sakugawa, entrusted with the protection of prominent Ryukyu families, developed the style in the 1700s. He passed it on to the Chinen family, beginning with Chinen Umikana. Sanda “Yamanni” Chinen (1842-1925) introduced the “bouncing” motion of the staff which is today the style’s hallmark. His grandson, Masami Chinen, named the style after him.

The current head, Chogi Kishaba, is Masami’s student. In 1979 he sent his premier student, Toshihiro Oshiro, to the United States. In 1985 they founded the Ryukyu Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai or RBKD (Association for the Study and Research of Okinawan Martial Arts) for the purpose of bringing Yamanni-ryu to the West. Oshiro (8th dan, Yamanni Ryu; 8th dan, Shorin-ryu) is the Chief Instructor of RBKD USA and its West Coast Director. The Midwest Director is Kiyoshi Nishime. Oshiro gives seminars in Yamanni-ryu in the U.S. and around the world.

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

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

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