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Academy of Ryukyu Kempo (Since 1975)

 Ryukenkan

of Ryukyu Kempo  (Jerusalem)

Academy of Ryukyu Kempo in Japanese

Academy of Ryukyu Kempo

Academy of Ryukyu Kempo in Japanese

History

           The Academy of Ryukyu Kempo (琉拳館) was established in 1975 in Independence, Missouri by Dveed Natan (徳維 納 騰). The name is a direct translation of Ryukenkan” (琉拳館), the Dojo name given to Dveed Natan by (Taika)(大家) Seiyu Oyata. The Academy was located at 212 N. Main. The beginning was difficult; but after a year the school was able to move onto 23rd street, one of the busiest streets in Independence. Location was great. Parking was a nightmare. At the expiration of the years lease, with the help of one of the students, the Academy of Ryukyu Kempo relocated to its final address at 911 W. 23rd street. The single building construction, surrounded by a massive parking lot was ideal and the Dojo remained until D'veed closed it and then moved overseas to Israel in 1987. Unbeknownst to Natan, Hanshi, one of Shihan Gerald Wicklunds, students (whom Natan, Sensei had never met), without permission, took his trademark the Academy of Ryukyu Kempo and started using it as his own. With the rise of the internet, this fraud was discovered and efforts were made to correct it. The perpetrator is incorrigible and this wrong has yet to be righted. Fortunately, Hanshi Natan had learned in the interim that Kempo (拳法) was more correctly transliterated Kenpo (拳 法) and the better transliteration has been used since. Now, the Academy of Ryukyu Kenpo (琉拳館) is well established in Israel's capitol city, Jerusalem.
          Natan, Hanshi
is the premier Kobujutsu instructor in Israel teaching both kata and combat techniques with the traditional weapons as well as improvised and modern weapons. His knowledge of kata breakdown and practical application is unsurpassed in Israel; elevating it from “kindergarten” to “university” and post doc levels. Due to his many years of teaching, and high level of expertise, students learn much more and much faster under him.
          Based on his extensive military background in both the US Army and the Israeli Army he has designed a program of I.T.T. for use by Combat Soldiers while fully “geared up” (armed and armored) for combat. A Vietnam era veteran, he developed no nonsense (no BS) responses to situations  in which normal weapons have been compromised, are not available in time, or are not appropriate for use.

          Over the last 22 + years, the Academy has moved from location to location in and around Jerusalem. It is now located in the Olam Sport: Tomer Rachael in Maale Adumim as a member of the Maale Adumim Matnas.

This section is here to forewarn prospective new students and their parents about several uncomfortable facts involved with the study of Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu. Ryukyu Kenpo training is expensive. In addition to the cost of lessons, a new student should be aware that he must: buy a uniform – ₪ 340, pay the Association fee – ₪ 125, and other incidental expenses during the course of his training. If you cannot afford or justify these expenditures, Ryukyu Kenpo training is not for you.
            Reality doesn’t live up to the fantasy. Few students anticipate the intensity of the effort and commitment. Realize that proficiency is not easily attained; and those who promise otherwise are lying. Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu skills are no more quickly attained than playing a musical instrument or any other physical skill. There is a vast amount of knowledge for both: mind and body to absorb, requiring time, patience, and endurance. If you are not willing to put in the time and effort required, Ryukyu Kenpo training is not for you.
            Ryukyu Kenpo training emphasizes tradition. We train for health and well being, in addition to self defense. We train for self improvement. We train by traditional methods. If you have trouble with any of this, Ryukyu Kenpo training is definitely not for you.
Boys: ages 8 to 12
Men: ages 13 and up.
          Private, semi-private, and closed group classes are available upon request.

Note:

All students are expected to have purchased their school uniform and paid their Membership Fees within 30 days of signing up for regular lessons.
            Uniforms must be clean and free from odor. T-shirts and belts must be worn with the uniforms at all classes and school functions.
            Students must be clean with washed hair, trimmed fingernails, and odor free. This should be a given and no further comment is needed.
            For the purpose of safety, students are expected to wear authorized footwear, only for use in the Dojo, clean and in good repair, with socks. No sandals, leather shoes,
            or boots will be allowed. No bare or sock covered feet, either. Cups and supporters are mandatory wear for all classes; group and private.
            The Pledge of Honor is to be memorized; and the student is required to be able to recite it on demand. Remember: “I'm Third” at all times.
            Do not Show or demonstrate anything to anyone who “wish to see something” unless specifically requested to do so by an Instructor

Monday and Thursday: 17:30 to 21:00
Olam Sport: Tomer Rachael
Matnas, Maale Adumim  ( 054-686-9228


Price List for Lessons

Item

Description

Price ₪

Membership Fee

Ryukyu Kenpo Karate Kobudo Rengokai Association ‡

125

Private Lessons

One ½ hour Private Lesson each week (4)

450

For Two

Both students attending the same Private class.

700

For Three or more

Students attending same Private class. Price for each.

350

Hour Private Lesson

One hour Private Lesson each week. (4)

700

For Two

Both students attending the same Private classes.

900

For Three or more

Students attending same Private class. Price for each.

450

Semi Private Lessons

Maximum Six Persons. One and ½ hour Lesson each week (4)

1800

Group Lessons (₪130)

Minimum Fifteen Persons. One and ½ hour Lesson each week (4)

1950♠

 I.T.T. Army Prep (₪230)

Minimum Fifteen Persons. Two, One and ½ hour Lessons each week (4)

3450♠

‡      Membership is a one time payment and is good until Shodan.
♠     Minimum Fee. This covers fifteen people. Every person above fifteen is
₪130 more.
₪ 100-200 Fuel Surcharge for Travel Outside Jerusalem.

Uniform Price List

Item

Description

Price ₪

Uniform (Complete)** Custom made, all school insignia, groin and mouth guards, 2 T-shirts. 340
Uniform only** Custom made, school insignia, (No Patch). 250
Top only** Custom made, school insignia, (No Patch). 160
Bottom only** Custom made, school insignia. 120
T-Shirt Black, Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu insignia front and back. 40
Cup and Supporter Worn as undergarment against the body not over clothing. 45
Mouth Guard Hot water moldable to teeth. 12
School Patch** To be sewn on the item you purchased it for. 30

**  For Sale to Members of the Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu Kai, only.

Tuition at the Ryukenkan

Item

Description

Price

Boys

Membership Fee

Men

Boys

125

125

Each Month

Two 1½ hour classes a week.

Two one hour classes a week

263

230

‡     Membership is a one time payment and is good until Shodan.


D’veed is the premier Kobujutsu instructor in Israel teaching both kata and combat techniques with the traditional weapons as well as improvised and modern weapons. His knowledge of kata breakdown and practical application is unsurpassed in Israel; elevating it from “kindergarten” to “university” and post doc levels. Due to his many years of teaching, and high level of expertise, students learn much more and much faster under him.
Based on his extensive military background in both the US Army and the Israeli Army, he has designed a program separate from the traditional methods of civilian self defense training. He calls this I.T.T. It is for use by Combat Soldiers while fully “kitted up” (armed and armored) for combat. A Vietnam era veteran, he developed no nonsense (no BS) responses to situations  in which normal weapons have been compromised, are not available in time, or are not appropriate for use. It incorporates the two vital elements needed by combat soldiers and operators: lethal and non-lethal techniques. Techniques that REALLY work - in the field.


    **Notice:** Master Shigeru Nakamura is the touchstone from which the modern Okinawa/Ryukyu Kenpo/Kempo names descend. His son, Taketo, retired from teaching; leaving Sensei Odo and Oyata as the only practitioners with a direct link to his teachings and using the Kenpo/Kempo name (Master Seikichi Odo died at 10:48 AM, March 24, 2002). Ryukyu, Kenpo/Kempo, Kobujutsu are, like Karate, generic terms. Anyone can use them. Gichen Funakoshi called his first book, printed in 1922, Ryukyu Kenpo Karate-do. With the advent of the internet, many people try to take advantage of the fame generated by the name Ryukyu Kenpo/Kempo to promote their businesses. Taika Oyata and students, Master Odo and students, Natan, Sensei (student of both) and students, have taken measures to distance themselves from these individuals. All three changed the names by which their systems are known today. Taika Oyata renamed his, “Ryute” and has registered it as his trademark. Master Odo renamed his, “Ryukyu Hon Kenpo Kobujutsu”. Natan, Sensei renamed his, “Ryukyu Kenpo Kobujutsu”. Hanshi Rocky Leavitt simply calls his “Real Karate”. Very few have been long term students of these Masters; and, those who are, are noted on their different Association websites.

www.ryukyukenpo.org                       www.ryukyukempo.org                www.ryukenkan.co.il
www.kenshinkan.org.il                       www.kenpukan.com                     http://daisenseiodo.tripod.com

Academy of Ryukyu Kempo

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Last edited: 13-May-13