Although there are many practitioners who testify to being Shinken
Taira's direct student and heir to the system, it is well recorded
on Sensei Motokatsu Inoue's diploma from Sensei Taira the words
'The first Hanshi Diploma awarded'. The diploma is shown on the
right. It is also recorded that Sensei Motokatsu Inoue just prior
to Shinken Taira's death carried out the last grading undertaken
for Sensei Taira in the summer of 1970.
The right-hand photograph shows the grading group from that year.
It is interesting to note Sensei Akamine (back row, second from
right), Sensei Kinjo (back row, centre) and Sensei Nakamoto (back
row, far right). Sensei Inoue is seated in the centre of the picture,
front row, between Sensei's Matsumoto and Taira. The photograph
provides a clear picture of status at that time as seating arrangements
were always in accordance with seniority.
Through politics and a desire to retain control of the Ryukyu Kobudo
Association in Okinawa by an Okinawan, Akimine Sensei became the
next president of the Association instead of Sensei Motokatsu Inoue,
the rightful heir at the time of Shinken Taira's death.
Next: Ryukyu Kobujustu
Konishi was founder of the Shindo Shizen Ryu, and
studied with many of the great Okinawan Masters including Funakoshi,
Motobu, Mabuni and Ohtsuka. His emphasis on Kata and free fighting
gave Inoue Sensei a new outlook on his already extensive knowledge
of Bujutsu. He was a strict teacher and introduced Inoue to Shinken
Taira, probably the greatest weapons genius of his time. Taira was
a formidable man, and would regularly journey to Japan from Okinawa,
carrying 20 bo and 10 sai, plus a rucksack on his back - even at
the age of 60.
||The first Menkyo Kaiden awarded by Sensei
Shinken Taira to Sensei Motokatsu Inoue