Kobudo

The beginnings

After years of hard training in kobujutsu and kobudo with world-famous and legendary grandmasters for handling Okinawan and Chinese weapons, Shihan Athula founded his own kobudo association Dhammika Kobu-Jutsu Ryu International which goes hand in hand with his karate style Dhammika Karate-Do.

Shihan Athula and his students with grand master Chew Choo Soot

Shihan Athula and his students with grand master Chew Choo Soot

In the early 1970s, Shihan Athula learned the ancient Indian weapon styles (Malayalam Sirambaram) of unknown masters. He also learned Chinese-Oriental weapons from Grand Master Chew Choo Soot 10th Dan, who himself knew 18 Chinese weapons.

In the early 1980s, Shihan Athula learned to know the Okinawan weapon system (Okinawa Kobujutsu). The term “kobujutsu” refers to the use of different working equipment and household appliances, which have been converted into unconventional weapons. His first kobujutsu teacher was the late legendary Grandmaster Motokatsu Inoue (10th Dan) who was the founder of Ryu Kyu Kobujutsu. After the death of the grandmaster, he learned the same kobujutsu style from his son Motokatsu Inoue who has long been a grandmaster on his own.

After meeting the late legendary Grand Master Soke Teruo Hayashi, 10th Dan and founder of Okinawa Kobudo Kenshin Ryu, he began to learn Kobudo for a long time.

Later, Shihan Athula met Kyoshi Yamazaki (8th Dan) who is an expert for Iai-do, Ken-do and Bo. In the following years, he learned some weapons including Iai-Do from him for several years. Shihan Athula also traveled to Malaysia, China, and Japan several times to practice with the various weapons. Shihan Athula saw and learned about the diversity of all three types of weapon systems.

The Formation

Dhammika Kobujutsu International logo

Dhammika Kobujutsu International logo

After all the accumulated knowledge about the different weapons, acquired skills and the fact that the old weapon styles are being forgotten and slowly becoming extinct, Shihan Athula Minithanthri decided to create a new weapon style, the so-called Dhammika Kobu-Jutsu Ryu International. The newly created style Dhammika Kobu-Jutsu Ryu International is supposed to combine all his knowledge of weapons such as Malayalam Sirambaram, Chinese-Oriental weapons, Okinawan Kobudo and Okinawan Kobujutsu into one style.

According to Athula, it is first necessary to learn Bo before someone can master Kobudo because this is most of the basic knowledge for all types of weapons.

Dhammika students during Bo training

Dhammika students during Bo training

For this reason, the emphasis in Dhammika Kobu-Jutsu Ryu International is mainly focused on training with the Bo and why there are ten different Bo katas.

Real weapons training is not just to learn a little bit kihon to learn a Kata. Its gives very nice and effective techniques which members can practice with a partners.Then we do some free fighting with partners, only using the techniques what they have learned. Through practicing with partners we can see the effective and dangerous side of the weapons training. Also it is very enjoyable practicing with partners. This is the special side of Dhammika Kobu-Jutsu Ryu.