Zen Ryukyu-Den Karate Kobujutsu Hozokai, is an association that seeks to preserve and promulgate the traditional martial arts of Okinawa and Japan. It was Originally founded as the International Karate Kobudo Association by C. Michial Jones in 2016 as a means of providing instruction, and certification, in traditional Okinawan and Japanese martial arts. IN 2019 the name was changed to reflect our new vision and direction. Jones Sensei holds senior grades in Okinawa Karate Do, Okinawa Kobujutsu/Kobudo, Jujutsu and Iaido, having trained in them since 1977. Jones Sensei is assisted in the leadership of the association by an advisory board.
Mission: To preserve and teach the traditional martial arts of Okinawa and Japan. We strive to accomplish this in an environment free of intimidation, politics, and other distractors. We further seek to foster a spirit of fellowship and understanding, welcoming all like-minded individuals, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background, religion, national origin, or physical handicap.
Vision: Build healthy minds, bodies, and spirits through the study of traditional martial arts.
Membership/Affiliation: Hozonkai membership is available to any legitimate practitioner of Okinawan or Japanese Karate and Kobudo.
1) A central database or directory which can benefit anyone seeking out legitimate traditional Okinawan martial arts practitioners and Dojos in their area,and know that if these practitioners are members of the Hozonkai they can be trusted to be legitimate.
2) Existing practitioners can join and become part of the growing “directory” and benefit from the recognition of peers.
For more information please see our Membership page.
Name Explanation: Zen Ryukyu-Den Karate Kobujutsu Hozonkai = All Ryukyu Tradition Empty Hand and Ancient Martial Arts Preservation Society. In this context Kobujutsu encompasses any Okinawan (Ryukyu, Matayoshi, Ufuciku, ect.) or Japanese (Jujutsu, aikijujutsu, Iaido, ect.) system of weapons or ancient empty hand art.
WHAT IS THE ETIQUETTE OF HOZONKAI?
The Hozonkai will be ever mindful of its responsibility to follow classic Budo etiquette. It is the essence of traditional Okinawan martial arts and the heritage we claim: Honor, character, integrity and moral values. Conduct in all things dealing with its members or the public at large will be done with courtesy and respect.