The first international seminar of
3rd until 6th February 2010

The first international Kobudô seminar in Belarus was a great event. The organizers Sergei Mirutenko (6th Dan Karate, 1st Dan Kobudô) and Igor Mirutenko (4th Dan Karate, 1st Dan Kobudô) from the “International Martial Arts League” had done a perfect organizing job. There was actually nothing left to be asked for. All in all 100 participants from Belarus and Kaliningrad (Russia) trained together for seven lessons of Ryûkyû Kobudô during these four days. The instructor Frank Pelny (5th Dan Karate, 3rd Kobudô), technical director of Tesshinkan Kyô Kai in Europe, had travelled from Germany to teach the basic BÔ-techniques. Apart from that techniques with Tekkô, Nunchaku and Sai were trained, too.

A lot of sparring exercises were mixed between the traditional technique courses to develop a feeling for the weapons and their use. Breaking two Bôs (unintentionally) during his demonstrations, Frank Pelny has proved the effectiveness of these techniques. All participants joined the training enthusiastically and everybody could feel everyone’s will to do his very best.

There were also two particular training units aditionally for the instructors. They were taught technical details and more advanced kata. The belt tests (6x5th Kyû, 3x3rd Kyû, 1x2nd Kyû, 1x1st Kyû) confirmed the high level reached by the Kobudôka in Belarus. Sergei and Igor Mirutenko also showed Frank the capitol of Belarus. The German trainer was quite impressed by the great Minsk and its traditions. To conclude the seminar the president of the „International Martial Arts League“, Sergei Mirutenko, handed on a diploma of honour and a group photo to the seminar teacher Frank Pelny.

The deepest rivers flow with the least noise

Quietly and thoroughly – without any pomp or vanity something very important for Belorussia’s Budô realm – the first international seminar on Ryûkyû Kobudô Tesshinkan.

The Ryûkyûs are a archipelago, whose biggest island is named “Okinawa”, located in the Japanese Sea. Kobudô means “old way of fighting” or “old martial arts”. Tesshinkan is one the few main directions of modern Okinawan Kobudô and its founder, Hanshi Tamayose Hidemi (9th Dan), was one of the best students of late Akamine Eisuke (passed in 1999). Considering Europe Ryûkyû Kobudô Tesshinkan has developed greatly particularly in Germany. Talking about a man who did a great job in developing new methods to teach this unique art and systemizing its technique there is one great name – Frank Pelny.

We have been working with weapons in our organization for a long time. We have been trying to cultivate sai, bo, Nunchaku a.s.o. since our early beginnings in 1988. But suddenly all the information we got were isolated and methodically different. Thus someone can be helped to achieve his mastership, but it definitely pokes fun at every traditional martial artist studying directly under the guidance of a famous master. Such demonstrations are only good for circus.

When I began to study Tesshinkan four years ago, I spoke with my Belorussian karate collegues. I understand that it is very interesting, but many peoples left this style by side by different reasons. Seen from another point of view, it is difficult to find a proper source of information. So, master Pelny had been to Okinawa for five times, took part in wearisome training sessions and took a great effort to create auxiliary methods. It is no exaggeration, due to his persistency, to call him talented and consistent.

To those who do not proceed that fast shall be said, that there is no magic spell which could help. But nevertheless it is possible to master anything you want to – it is always a question of effort and will. Nothing is impossible. Keep your destination in mind and go straight towards.

This time a great job of teaching the basics of both practical and theoretical Tesshinkan Kobudô was done.

There are loads of national competitions and seminars, but earn mastership in Kobudô, a lot of effort has to be put in training, since a weapon is a weapon. Progress depends strongly on continuity and regular practicing. To keep your techniques steady it is necessary to train a little everyday - at least a small complex of techniques.

Working with a partner and kumite become more difficult correspondingly.

There are some special movement peculiarities being unaccustomed to many Karateka, which concern distance behaviour and new way of coordinating one’s joints and muscles.

There are only four Tesshinkan black belts in the territory of former USSR – two living in Kaliningrad and two in Minsk.

It's very importantto keep in mind that Kobudo is very interesting for youths. And Tesshinkan Kobudo perfectly matches to traditional Karatedo. Could it be any else? Karate and Kobudo have the same roots and came from small island Okinawa, whose population has the same number like that of Minsk. We express our gratitude and respect to master Frank Pelny for seminar trust and openness. We are also grateful towards master, popularizer and researcher of Kobudo from Russia Pavel Dolgachov (Kaliningrad). Without his participation in my destiny, present events might have not taken place. I would like to say “Thank you” to my students for their help and serious relation.

Per Aspera Ad Astras!

Head of the school
Sergei Mirutenko