Okinawa Shorin Ryu Matsumura Kenpo Karate and Kobudo Association
YUICHI KUDA (1928-1999)
Grand Master Yuichi Kuda was born in Chinen Village on the southern tip of Okinawa in 1928. He was descended from a line of Okinawan samurai. His family genealogy dates back over five hundred years to one of the early Okinawan kings of the Sho Dynasty (1407-1477). He first received instruction in karate from his father. Grand Master Kuda’s father also taught him the family style of bojutsu, the art of using the Okinawan staff. At age ten he also began training in kendo. When he was about twenty years old he began studying karate under a man named Yamashiro while serving in the Japanese Navy. Grand Master Kuda credited this man with teaching him the true spirit of karate. In the 1960s Grand Master Kuda became a student of Shigeru Nakamura and was admitted to Nakamura’s Okinawa Kenpo Association. While in the Okinawa Kenpo group he trained with other well-known masters such as Fusei Kise and Seiyu Oyata. After Nakamura’s death in 1970 Grand Master Kuda began studying Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu under Grand Master Hohan Soken (1889-1982). He then became a dedicated teacher and a Grand Master of Shorin Ryu karate. Later, after Soken Sesnei’s death Yuichi Kuda founded his own organization called Matsumura Kenpo Shorin Ryu Karate. Grand Master Kuda was a quiet man and proved himself to be a man of wisdom and serenity. He developed some unique kobudo kata including the Nitan bo kata that features the use of two short sticks. The Kenpo Matsumura was founded by Kuda Yuichi 10th Dan Hanshi . When he was 18 years old, he began training under the tutelage of a man named Ishikawa. He trained later with Shuguro Nakazato style Shorinkan Shorin-Ryu and Shigeru Nakamura Style Okinawa Kenpo.
Then he sought to learn from the Master Hohan Soken and in 1970 founded his own dojo of Matsumura Seito Shorin Ryu , the Kobukan in the city of Urasoe. After Soken’s death , Kuda started calling his style Matsumura Kenpoand he created their own kata as characteristic of this style ( Niseidi, Kobudi, Tunfá, Kama, Nitanbo, Sai, Eku , and Bo ) plus the kata of Karate previously learned.
The Kenpo Matsumura is a traditional Okinawan Karate system based primarily on the Matsumura Seito of Master Hohan Soken . It should also be borne in mind that Kuda occasionally trained with the other great masters of Okinawan Karate , such as Shoshin Nagamine ( Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu ), Seitoku Higa ( Kyudokan Shorin Ryu ), and Seikichi Uehara ( Motobu-Ryu ).
Like many other styles of Shorin-ryu Karate , the Kenpo Matsumura is generally characterized by high positions, agile movements and fast frontal leg techniques. However, as with all systems, there are techniques that go beyond this generalization. The main emphasis is on an effective, not visible arsenal of techniques ranging from basic blocks and fist punches to more advanced techniques of tuidi-jutsu and kyusho . All the techniques can be found in the kata . The most advanced techniques are logically found in the most advanced kata .
The Honbu-dojo , the Kobukan , is located in the city of Urasoe, Okinawa and the classes are taught daily by Tomosada Kuda .
Kata by Matsumura Kenpo