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    World  Karate  Kobudo Jiu-Jitsu Organization : WKKJO

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Instructional Kobudo Training Videos by Simon Sherbourne: 7th Dan, M.Ed. 2013
See lineage of all the WKKJO Kobudo Kata at: http://www.smaa-budo-ways.com/kobudo

Watch the videos below.  They will guide you through the criteria: from basics, to all the Kobudo necessary to earn a Shodan in Ryu Kyu (Okinawa) Kobudo... Contact Kyoshi Simon Sherbourne at: wkkjo.budo@gmail.com

White - Orange Belt Evaluation Overview

In this section, Kyoshi Sherbourne provides an explanation of the evaluation process for White - Orange Belt training. He explains that there are two parts to the Orange Belt Evaluation:

Part 1- Covering the Basics, to be completed within 10 min, and Part 2- Kata: Shihonuke and Chonokun to be completed within 7 min. Kyoshi also demonstrates the basic stances, blocks, strikes, thrusts, and pokes with a Bo.

For you to be competent and skillful in performing these requirements, you must dedicate a minimum of 2 hours to training every week. Regular and consistent training is necessary so that the practitioner can build on previously learned material without it being forgotten due to infrequent practice. "Kobudo training requires perseverance, time, and discipline. When you train, attempt to train for a minimum of one hour. Focus only on your training, be accurate in all ways (basics), remove all distractions, push your body toward its potential for 75% of the duration your workout, then go softly for the last ten minutes as a cool down in combination with stretching."

Evaluation for Belts will be completed by qualified Black Belts using standardized rubrics that can be found in the Evaluation Section of the website. Please note that all testing material is to be completed in a specified order, within a specified time limit.

More details about the process can be found on the website in the Evaluation Section.


Video (1) White - Orange Belt: Covering the Basics

In this video, Kyoshi demonstrates a more in-depth analysis of the basics for you to incorporate into your basic knowledge and training regimen. Focus on the details and angles and not so much on the strength and power.

Video (2) White - Orange Belt: Shihonuke - Bo Kata

The first version of this kata is performed by Kyoshi coaching you through the kata, identifying hand changes, and foot work. The second version of the kata is done to a metronome and should be done at least 100 times. The final version is what the kata may look like after several years of practice. This kata has been passed on to Kyoshi Sherbourne from the following teachers: Kunyoshi, Nakamura, Meazato, and finally Seikichi Odo.

Video (3) White - Orange Belt: Chonokun - Bo Kata

The first version of this kata is performed by Kyoshi coaching you through the kata, identifying hand changes, and foot work. The second version of the kata is done to a metronome and should be done at least 100 times. The third version is the rear view of the kata to the metronome. The rear view was performed so that students could observe hand changes and foot work that are difficult to see from the conventional perspective. The final version is what the kata may look like after several years of practice. (The four versions of the kata are how all the remaining kata will be presented in this video series, with the exception of Weapons Kumite.) This kata has been passed on to Kyoshi Sherbourne from the following teachers: Matayoshi Sr., Kakzu, Matayoshi Jr., and Seikichi Odo.


Video (1) Orange - Green: Odo No Tonfa Ichi

In this clip, you are introduced to the tonfa.  Kyoshi provides a brief demonstration of some of the weapons' control issues and solutions.  The video begins with the coaching through the kata version, followed by the kata to the metronome version; then we have the rear view of the kata to the metronome, and the last version is the kata as you might see it done after a few years of practice.  This kata was passed on to Kyoshi Sherbourne from the following teachers: Matayoshi Sr., Kakzu, Matayoshi Jr., and Seikichi Odo.


Video (2) Orange - Green: Shima Igiri Bo Ichi

This is a beautiful kata.  Watch your lines with the bo.  Pay attention to the angle of the bo while it is in transition from one technique to the next.  This video begins with the coaching through the kata version, followed by the kata to the metronome version; then we have the rear view of the kata to the metronome, and the last version is the kata as you might see it done after a few years of practice.  The kata was passed on to Kyoshi Sherbourne from the following teachers: Kina, Kinjo, and Seikichi Odo


Video (3) Orange - Green: Bo - Bo (Weapons Kumite)

This is the first of the Weapons Kumite Kata and requires two people (Budo-Ka) to perform the kata.  In this kata, one Budo-Ka attacks the other with the Bo while the other blocks and counters in various ways.  Once again, the video begins with the coaching through the kata version, followed by the kata to the metronome version; then we have the reverse direction to the metronome, and the last version is the kata as you might see it done after a few years of practice.  Bo - Bo was passed on to Kyoshi Sherbourne from the following teachers: Kina, Kinjo, and Seikichi Odo.

Video (1) Green - Brown: Kyan No Sai

This is your first Sai kata.  You will need to purchase a pair of sai that are suitable for your body.  The standard for matching Sai to a Budo-ka is that they project slightly beyond the elbow when held so that they offer protection to the entire forearm in blocking situations.  This video begins with a brief outline of the Green - Brown Belt Program and provides some very succinct tips on how to control the Sai.  This is followed by the coaching through the kata version and the kata to the metronome version; then we have the rear view to the metronome, and the last version is the kata as you might see it done after a several years of practice.  Kyan No Sai was passed on to Kyoshi Sherbourne from Kyan, Toma, and Seikichi Odo.

Video (2) Green - Brown: Odo No Tonfa Ni

This is your second Tonfa Kata.  Pay attention to the timing in the final version and attempt to apply it. This clip begins with the coaching through the kata version, followed by the kata to the metronome version; then we have the rear view to the metronome, and the last version is the kata as you might see it done after a several years of practice.  Odo No Tonfa Ni has been passed on to Kyoshi Sherbourne from the following teachers: Matayoshi Sr., Kakzu, Matayoshi Jr., and Seikichi Odo.

Video (3) Green - Brown: Shioshi Nokun Ichi

Another amazing Bo Kata!  This clip begins with the coaching through the kata version, followed by the kata to the metronome version; then we have the rear view to the metronome, and the last version is the kata as you might see it done after a several years of practice.  Shioshi Nokun Ichi has been passed on to Kyoshi Sherbourne from the following teachers: Matayoshi Sr., Kakzu, Matayoshi Jr., and Seikichi Odo.

Video (1) Brown - Black: Nakamura No Sai

This is your second Sai Kata.  This video begins with the coaching through the kata version, followed by the kata to the metronome version; then we have the rear view to the metronome, and the last version is the kata as you might see it done after a several years of practice.  Nakamura No Sai was passed along to Kyoshi Sherbourne by Sakiyama, Kuniyoshi, Nakamura, and Seikichi Odo.

Video (2) Brown - Black: Shioshi Nokun Ni

This kata is very similar to Shioshi Nokun Ichi.  Try not to get confused!  The video begins with the coaching through the kata version, followed by the kata to the metronome version; then we have the rear view to the metronome, and the last version is the kata as you might see it done after a several years of practice.  Shioshi Nokun Ni has been passed on to Kyoshi Sherbourne from the following teachers: Matayoshi Sr., Kakzu, Matayoshi Jr., and Seikichi Odo.

Video (3) Brown - Black: Bo - Sai (Weapons Kumite)
This is the second of the Weapons Kumite Kata and requires two people (Budo-Ka) to perform the kata. In this kata, one Budo-Ka attacks the other with the Bo while the other blocks and counters with the Sai in various ways.  Once again, the video begins with the coaching through the kata version, followed by the kata to the metronome version; then we have the reverse direction to the metronome, and the last version is the kata as you might see it done after a few years of practice.  Bo - Sai was passed along to Kyoshi Sherbourne by Sakiyama, Kuniyoshi, Nakamura, and Seikichi Odo.