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Hiroshi Akamine

Hiroshi Akamine was born into a martial arts family. Born in 1954 in Aza Kakakzu in the village of Tomigusuku, as the fourth son of Eisuke Akamine, he was destined to study the martial arts from his father, grandfather, and family associates. His father, Eisuke Akamine, was the 2nd President for the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai; while his grandfather, Higa Raisuke, was a bo expert under the Yamane Ryu bo system.

In 1960 Hiroshi Akamine began his karate training at the tender age of 6 under his father. In 1968, Akamine studied the art of tinbe /rochin (shield and short spear) under the weapons master, Shinken Taira; the 1st President for the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai. Akamine began his training in the art of weapons from Taira at the age of seven when Taira would periodically visit his father’s dojo. In 1970, after Taira’s passing, Akamine’s father continued his Kobudo training. At around this time, the young Akamine began his karate training under the famous Shorin Ryu karatedo expert, Shijin Gushiken.

In 1988, Akamine received his 5th dan in Shorin Ryu Karatedo by Gushiken and received his teacher’s license in 1994. In 1997, Akamine received his 7th dan in karatedo by his father and he was also presented with the teacher’s license in Kobudo.

In April 1999, Akamine’s father passed away and he became the 3rd President for the Ryukyu Kobudo Hozon Shinkokai. In July 2011, with new determination, he established the Ryukyu Kobudo Shimbukan based on the Shimbukan Dojo established by his father. At the same time, he assumed the position of President of Okinawa Shorinryu Mukenkai Association, which was established by Shijin Gushiken. Hiroshi Akamine currently is an 8th dan in both karatedo and Kobudo.