- This web site is dedicated
to the teaching and philosophy of our teacher and
- Chief Instructor, Sensei
Hidemi Tamayose, 9th Dan, Hanshi,
of the Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan.
- Welcome to
the home page of the
Kobudo Tesshinkan - Canada
- Our teacher
Hidemi Tamayose, 9th Dan, Hanshi,
of the Ryukyu Kobudo Tesshinkan
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
Certificate of Rank
Martin Nicholson, 4th Dan,
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
- The dojo
- A broad
path, worn smooth by the footsteps of many students
Nicholson's private dojo in Parksville, British Columbia,
- 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
- 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
- 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
- "We will meet you at
the dojo at 3:30" came the reply.
- "See you then" I
- 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
- 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
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
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
- I filled
- So much to
learn, so little time.
- Good times
and good friends are both irreplaceable.