Okinawan Kobudo (Yamanni-Chinen ryu)

Instructor: Sensei Dong Tran, 5th dan, Yamanni-ryu

Sensei with Shihan

Focus of Training

Bojutsu is the main subject of study of Yamanni-ryu. Practice involves Kihon (basics), Kata, and Kumibo (applications). Secondary weapons include: Sai, Tunfa, Nunchaku, Kama, and Eaku. Yamanni-ryu principles teach aerodynamic efficiency of body movement, swiftness of technique, and high velocity delivery of power.


Sensei with gusan

History and Lineage

Yamanni-ryu is thought to be originated by the legendary "Todi" Sakugawa (1753-1815), codified by three generations of the Chinen family, established by Kishaba Chogi sensei, and taught worldwide by his premier student, Shihan Toshihiro Oshiro (9th dan Shima-ha Shorin-ryu, 8th dan Yamanni-ryu Kobudo), Director of the Ryukyu Bujutsu Kenkyu Doyukai (RBKD). Yamanni-ryu is considered the parent style of many contemporary Okinawan weapons systems as many kobudo teachers had trained first- or second-hand with the Chinen masters. Even on Okinawa, Yamanni-ryu is considered a legend: often heard about, but rarely witnessed.

Lineage chart

Kishaba