This web site is dedicated to the teaching and philosophy of our teacher and
Chief Instructor, Sensei Hidemi Tamayose, 9th Dan, Hanshi,
President of the Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan.
Welcome to the home page of the
Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan - Canada
Our teacher
Sensei Hidemi Tamayose, 9th Dan, Hanshi,
President of the Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan
Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan in Canada
Sensei Martin Nicholson, 4th Dan, is the Chief Instructor at Kado Martial Arts, in Parksville, British Columbia, Canada, which he owns and operates with his wife Colleen who holds the rank of Sho Dan. Together they have been the driving force behind the development of original Okinawan Kobudo here on Vancover Island.
Tesshinkan Certificate of Rank
Watching our progress
Sensei Martin Nicholson, 4th Dan,
Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan
Sensei Martin Nicholson is one of the highest ranked student in Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan, and he makes regular trips to Okinawa to train with Sensei Tamayose in his private dojo which is attached to his home. During the many weeks of personal one on one training that he has received in Okinawa over the past ten years Sensei Nicholson has established himself as one of the foremost practitioners of old Okinawan Kobudo. In February of 2007 Sensei Nicholson will once again be returning to Okinawa with another group of his students to train at the Tesshinkan Honbu dojo with Sensei Tamayose.
Awarded 4th Dan, Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan, by Sensei Hidemi Tamayose, 9th Dan
Sensei Nicholson is seen here being awarded the the rank of Yon Dan in Sensei Tamayose's personal dojo in Ozato City, Okinawa. In addition to his expertise in Ryukyu kobudo, Sensei Nicholson also holds the rank of Yon Dan in Goju-Ryu karate.
The dojo
A broad path, worn smooth by the footsteps of many students
Sensei Nicholson's private dojo in Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Operating out of his personal dojo that is situated on his own property, Kado Martial Arts has grown into one of the largest karate and kobudo schools in the central Vancouver Island area. With a tiled entry, twenty-four foot ceiling, air conditioning, change rooms, and a wood floor, this 1600 square foot dojo is indeed a pleasure to train in. Many egar feet have beat a path to this dojo over the years and the quality of the instruction, and the enthusiasm of the students, is second to none.
The dojo covered in new fallen snow
A Sunday morning snow fall in late November 2006
In stark contrast to the warm summer days of August when Sensei Tamayose travels from his home in Ozato, Okinawa, to teach at the dojo during the annual summer camp, a layer of fresh fallen snow paints a picture worthy of a Canadian post card.
Placing the rock
A good luck gift from Okinawa
Several years ago Sensei Tamayose brought Sensei Nicholson a rock from Okinawa. Here Sensei Nicholson is seen placing in the rock firmly into the foundation of the new dojo for good luck prior to starting to frame the walls. Based on the prosperity the dojo has enjoyed over the years I would say that the good luck rock is working just fine.
The private lesson
On Friday, August 4th 2006, I drove the two hours north from Victoria, B.C. to Parksville to once again train with one of the leading Masters of Okinawan Kobudo in the world today, Sensei Hidemi Tamayose, 9th Dan, Hanshi.
The camp was due to start Saturday morning at 10:00 am and I had been looking forward to the camp for several weeks. I was visiting with my father at his home in Qualicum Beach when my cell phone rang a few minutes after three o'clock. Answering it I heard the voice of my friend Sensei Martin Nicholson, and our conversation went something like this;
"Are you up in Qualicum yet?" he asked.
"Yes I got here a few hours ago" I replied.
"Are you doing anything for the next little while" he asked.
"Nothing special" I replied, 'What did you have in mind?"
His reply I must admit caught me a little unprepared.
"How would you like a private lesson with Sensei Tamayose for the next three hours?" he asked.
Now if you have ever been closely scrutinized during a class or a camp by a very high ranking Sensei, well that is one thing, because eventually he moves on to the next student, but to spend three hours under such circumstances with only one other student present, well that is an entirely a different matter I assure you.
"What time?" I asked.
"We will meet you at the dojo at 3:30" came the reply.
"See you then" I replied.
I could almost hear my legs were starting to scream in protest as I hung up the phone, grabbed my gi, and headed out the door for the short ten minute drive to his dojo.
One on one with Sensei
Three hours on one sai kata
Sensei Tamayose spent a great deal of time showing me the finer points of the sai kata Chikin Shitahaku No Sai during our Friday afternoon session. Sempai Rainer Todsen also joined me for these three hours, during which he received pointers on his grading requirements, as he would be grading for the rank of San Dan at the end of camp on Sunday evening. His work load included the katas, Sakagawa No Kun Dai, Hama Higa No Sai, and Hama Higa No Tunfa. At the end of the workout there was hardly a dry spot on either one of us.
Not even half way
Chikin Shitahaku No Sai
This particular kata is one of the longest katas taught within the Tesshinkan syllabus and it contains a wide variety of stances, blocks, strikes, and parries. This kata is a required to be satisfactorily performed by any student grading for the rank of Sho Dan. The other katas that are also required for Sho Dan include the katas, Akamine Nunchaku, and Sakugawa No Kun Sho.
Thank you Sensei Tamayose
Tired, soaking wet, and very happy
At the end of an excellent day I stood for a photograph with Sempai Rainer Todsen, Sensei Martin Nicholson, and Sensei Tamayose. At the end of our three hour session I sat down and wrote out notes to remind myself of all of the important points in the kata that Sensei Tamayose had shown me.
I filled four pages.
So much to learn, so little time.
Good times and good friends are both irreplaceable.
Part the clouds - see the way.
"The objective of kobudo is to contribute to the evolution
of the human spirit through physical and mental training."
Sensei Peter Lindsay
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