“At Okinawa Karate Kobudo Kai we practice the arts of Okinawa Kenpo (Law of the Fist) and Kobudo (Way of Weapons).”
In the early 1950s, the Grandmaster of Okinawan Kenpo, Shigeru Nakamura (1894-1969) opened a backyard dojo to teach the art of Naha-te in Nago City, Japan. In 1953 Master Nakamura renamed his style from Naha-te to Okinawa Kenpo. Master Nakamura’s instructors include some of the most legendary karate teachers of the past: Kanryo Higashionna, Kentsu Yabu, Chomo Hanashiro, Anko Itosu, Choki Motobu, and Shinkichi Kuniyoshi. In 1955 Master Nakamura teamed with Master Zenryo Shimabukuro to form the Okinwa Kenpo Renmei – with Master Nakamura as President.
Master Nakumura died in 1969, and the Okinawa Kenpo karate kobudo Renmei was formed and appointed his highest ranked student, Seikichi Odo (1926-2002) as Master of Okinawa Kenpo Karate. Master Odo was also appointed President of the All Okinawa Kenpo Karate-do League. Master Odo, whose name means “world walker” was began his martial arts training with judo at age 9. Four years later he began learning Okinawa-te from Sensei Koho Kuba. At age 20 Odo began to study Okinawan Kobodu and dedicated him self to preserving the old weapon ways. His kobudo instructors are some of Okinawa’s finest: Mitsuo Kakazu, Kenko Nakaima, Seike Toma, and Shimpo Matayoshi. Odo sensei began training under Grandmaster Nakamura as is his primary instructor at the age of 23 while continuing to study karate and kobodu with Master Seike Toma. At Master Nakamura’s request, Odo sensei began to integrate kobudo with Nakamura’s Okinawan Kenpo. This integration was fully realised during the last years of Master Nakamura’s life and after his death when Odo Sensei took over the dojo’s teaching responsibilities. After the official addition of weapons to the art, the system took the form it has today, and was renamed “Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo”. In the mid 1970s Masters Seikichi Odo, Seijiro Maehara and Kenko Chibana formed the Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo Association – which was later renamed the Okinawa Kenop Karate Kobudo Federation. Master Odo died on March 24, 2002 in Okinawa, Japan.
Seijiro Maehara was a direct senior student of Grandmaster Shigeru Nakamura. Maehara sensei began training in the martial arts as a teen in north Okinawa. He would go on to become the All Okinawa Kumite Champion. served as president of the Okinawan Kenpo Kobudo Association and after that was disbanded, the head of the Okinawa Kenpo Kobudo League. Master Maehara spent much of his life teaching karate to both Okinawans and United States military personnel stationed on Okinawa.
Born on January 12, 1938 in the Pangasinan region of the Philippines, Joseph A. Bunch began his study of Karate while serving in the United States Marine Corps in Okinawa. Bunch Sensei began training under the Grandmaster of the Shobayashi-Ryu form of Shorin-ryu, Eizo Shimabukuro. In 1973, Bunch began to study Okinawan Kenpo under Master Seijiro Maehara. Bunch Sensei eventually opened a branch of Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo in Hawaii – the Hawaii Okinawa Karate-Do Kobudo Shudokan. Sensei Bunch became a student of Master Seikichi Odo when Odo began making regular visits to Hawaii. Kiyoshi Bunch eventually achieved the rank of 8th Dan in Okinawan Kenpo Kobodu. He was one of the founding members of the Hawaii Karate Kodansha Kai where he served in a variety of roles over the years including President, Treasurer, and member of the Ranking Committee. He also served as the Hawaii Representative of the USA-National Karate Federation. Kiyoshi Bunch passed away on June 19, 2010.
Sensei Serge Clark studied Okinawa Kenpo and Kobudo under Sensei Joseph Bunch as a member of the Hawaii Okinawa Karate Kobudo Shudokan. Sensei Clark owned and operated three dojos in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1990 to 1997. Sensei Clark relocated to Elmont, New york in 1997, where he opened the Okinawa Karate Kobudo kai dojo. Sensei Clark currently holds the rank of (7th degree black belt) and is a member of the U.S. National Karate Federation . As the chief instructor of Okinawa Karate Kobodu Kai, Shihan Clark is committed to teaching the art of Okinawa Kenpo as passed down by Masters Bunch, Maehara, Odo, and Nakamura.