Matayoshi Kobudo is an general term referring to the style of Okinawan Kobudo that was developed by Matayoshi Shinpo during the Twentieth Century. Martial arts were practiced by the Matayoshi family for over 9 generations and drew heavy influence from Japanese, Chinese and indigenous Okinawan martial arts styles.
In the early 20th century Matayoshi Shinko was asked to demonstrate Kobudo to the Japanese Emperor. He did this twice alongside the likes of Chojun Miyagi and Gichin Funakoshi. The Emperor was so impressed that he awarded the Matayoshi Family the Royal emblem (Kiku Flower) to wear on their Kobudo logo. This alongside the Okinawan emblem (mitsu domoe) went on to form the logo of the Zen Okinawa Kobudo Renmei.
Following the death of Matayoshi Shinko in 1947, his only son Shinpo, continued his father's legacy by teaching kobudo. Matayoshi Shinpo started a dojo in the 1960s in memory of his father and called it the Kodokan. From the Kodokan he taught a wide variety of traditional weapons associated with Okinawan peasants. In 1972, Matayoshi Sensei created the Zen Okinawan Kobudo Renmei as an organisation dedicated to the teaching and studying of Okinawa Kobudo. Following the death of Shinpo Matayoshi in 1997, Matayoshi Kobudo now finds itself split into different organisations. Thanks to the extensive teaching of Matayoshi Shinpo and his students, Matayoshi Kobudo has great influence and respect around the world and an estimated 2000 dojos can now be found worldwide.